Rich Laden

Business Reporter

  • Waste Management closing public recycling site in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Waste Management is closing the public drop-off portion of its Colorado Springs recycling center, citing the cost of cleaning up blowing litter and problems with contaminated items left at the site. The center, at 604 4th St. in a mostly industrial area northeast of Nevada Avenue and...

  • My close encounter with Mr. Spock

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    My encounter with Mr. Spock: In spring 1979, I was the managing editor for the Northern Star, the student newspaper at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Leonard Nimoy was touring in the one-man show “Vincent,” about the life of Vincent van Gough, and he was doing a...

  • A second hotel and water park project planned for Colorado Springs' north side

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Dueling hotel and water park projects - just 2 miles apart - might be on tap for Colorado Springs. According to a proposal submitted Tuesday to city planners, a Wisconsin-based water park owner and operator plans to complete the partially finished Renaissance Hotel - a hulking,...

  • Colorado Springs NAACP head still suspects his organization was target in bombing

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The president of the Colorado Springs branch of the NAACP said Friday he continues to believe that either the civil rights organization or a barbershop were the targets of last month's bombing of the building they share at 603 S. El Paso St. Henry Allen Jr. made his comments hours...

  • Big changes in store for longtime Colorado Springs real estate agent

    Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Veteran real estate agent Harry Salzman, whose Salzman Real Estate Services is one of the last independent residential brokerages in town, is giving up his northwest Colorado Springs location after 37 years - and possibly, his independent status. But he's not leaving the business....

  • Colorado Springs sales tax revenues tallied for 2014; city officials face big decision

    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    A better local economy and improved consumer confidence helped boost Colorado Springs sales tax collections by 7.5 percent in 2014 - the biggest increase in a decade, and one that likely will force the city to decide whether to refund excess tax revenue or ask voter permission to keep...

  • Colorado Springs' arts and cultural community says it will benefit from City for Champions

    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    The Pikes Peak region's cultural community turned out in force Tuesday to support City for Champions, as leaders of several arts organizations said the proposed tourism initiative has the potential to boost the local creative sector - not just the area's economy. About 250 people...

  • Florida substance abuse facility taking over Inn at Palmer Divide, moZaic restaurant

    Updated: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    A Florida company that treats patients for substance abuse disorders and addictions is buying the Inn at Palmer Divide and moZaic restaurant in Palmer Lake, which were hit hard financially because of the recession. Advanced Recovery Systems will remodel the 24-room inn, the...

  • Longtime rocks and stamps shops in Colorado Springs to close

    Updated: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Two Colorado Springs businesses that have delighted collectors and hobbyists for more than a half-century are closing shop. Art Ackley, who started Ackley's Rocks & Stamps in 1964 and sold the rocks and minerals component of the business six years ago, is closing his stamp collecting...

  • Forbes Travel Guide gives The Broadmoor its 55th consecutive five-star rating

    Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    The Broadmoor hotel was wearing diamonds a few weeks ago. Now, it's seeing stars. The Forbes Travel Guide on Wednesday named the internationally known Colorado Springs resort as a five-star winner in its 2015 ratings of hotels worldwide. It's the 55th consecutive year that The...

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