<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:21:25 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AP EXPLAINS: What the death of broadband privacy rules means]]> http://gazette.com/ap-explains-what-the-death-of-broadband-privacy-rules-means/article/feed/452134?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-explains-what-the-death-of-broadband-privacy-rules-means/article/feed/452134?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that both houses of Congress have voted to block Obama-era broadband privacy rules , what does that mean for you?

In the short term, not so much. The rules, which would have put tough restrictions on what companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T can do with information such as your internet history, hadn't yet gone into effect. So if President Donald Trump signs the measure, as the White House has indicated he will , the status quo will remain.

But the absence of clear privacy rules means that the companies supplying your internet service — and who can see a great deal of what you do with it — can continue to mine that information for use in their own advertising businesses.

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:01:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Environmental groups vowing to fight Trump climate actions]]> http://gazette.com/environmental-groups-vowing-to-fight-trump-climate-actions/article/feed/452124?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/environmental-groups-vowing-to-fight-trump-climate-actions/article/feed/452124?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — Environmental groups that have hired scores of new lawyers in recent months are prepared to go to court to fight a sweeping executive order from President Donald Trump that eliminates many restrictions on fossil fuel production and would roll back his predecessor's plans to curb global warming. But they said they'll take their first battle to the court of public opinion.

Advocates said they plan to work together to mobilize a public backlash against an executive order signed by Trump on Tuesday that includes initiating a review of former President Barack Obama's signature plan to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants and lifting a 14-month-old moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands.

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:16:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Insurers deny claims based on questionable cell tower data]]> http://gazette.com/insurers-deny-claims-based-on-questionable-cell-tower-data/article/feed/452120?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/insurers-deny-claims-based-on-questionable-cell-tower-data/article/feed/452120?custom_click=rss

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — It took Jaclyn Bentley nearly three years to prove she didn't burn her house down for the insurance money, allegations she and her lawyer say were born of the junk practice of analyzing cellphone tower data.

She was camping with her husband and co-workers at least 17 miles from her Iowa home in May 2014, she says, when it burned down. An investigator for State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. said cell tower data showed Bentley's phone was 5 to 12 miles from the campsite in the direction of her home just after the fire was reported — the suggestion being she could have been heading back to camp after starting the blaze.

Her claim was denied, and she was arrested on arson and insurance fraud charges.

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:32:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Asian stocks weak as investors weigh US data, Brexit plans]]> http://gazette.com/asian-stocks-weak-as-investors-weigh-us-data-brexit-plans/article/feed/452125?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asian-stocks-weak-as-investors-weigh-us-data-brexit-plans/article/feed/452125?custom_click=rss HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks were listless Wednesday as investors weighed strong U.S. economic reports against uncertainty as Britain readies a formal request to leave the European Union.

KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei 225 index was less than 0.1 percent lower at 19,194.20 while South Korea's Kospi was flat at 2,163.54. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.2 percent to 24,396.26 and the Shanghai Composite index edged up 0.1 percent to 3,257.66. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.9 percent to 5,876.00.

CONFIDENCE RISING: The U.S. economy, the world's biggest, continues to strengthen, according to two data reports. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose in March to its highest level since 2000, in an upbeat sign

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:02:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Iranians, engines of US university research, wait in limbo]]> http://gazette.com/iranians-engines-of-us-university-research-wait-in-limbo/article/feed/452121?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iranians-engines-of-us-university-research-wait-in-limbo/article/feed/452121?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of Iranian students already accepted into U.S. graduate programs may not be able to come next fall because of the uncertainty surrounding President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban, potentially derailing research projects and leaving some science programs scrambling to find new students.

With admission season still in full swing, 25 of America's largest research universities have already sent more than 500 acceptance letters to students from the six affected countries, according to data provided by schools in response to Associated Press requests. The vast majority of those students are from Iran, where undergraduate programs are known for their strength in engineering and computer sciences.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:37:40 -0600 <![CDATA[White House calls for domestic cuts to finance border wall]]> http://gazette.com/white-house-calls-for-domestic-cuts-to-finance-border-wall/article/feed/451992?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/white-house-calls-for-domestic-cuts-to-finance-border-wall/article/feed/451992?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community grants so U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, can cover the down payment on the border wall.

The White House documents were submitted to Congress amid negotiations over a catchall spending bill that would avert a partial government shutdown at the end of next month. The package would wrap up $1.1 trillion in unfinished spending bills and address the Trump administration's request for an immediate $30 billion in additional Pentagon spending.

The latest Trump proposal, disclosed Tuesday, would eliminate $1.2 billion in National Institutes of Health research grants, a favorite of

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:32:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Police reports say student pilot crashed plane on purpose]]> http://gazette.com/police-reports-say-student-pilot-crashed-plane-on-purpose/article/feed/452117?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-reports-say-student-pilot-crashed-plane-on-purpose/article/feed/452117?custom_click=rss

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police say the student pilot of a small plane that crashed near the Connecticut headquarters of military jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney fought his instructor and probably crashed deliberately.

The student died in the October crash. The instructor was injured.

East Hartford police reports disclosed Tuesday support media stories from months ago. An Associated Press story from the day after the crash said the instructor couldn't regain control of the plane from the student and the crash appeared to have been a suicide.

Instructor Arian Prevalla told investigators student Feras Freitekh refused to relinquish control of the plane and fought him.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:08:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Economy, geography drive El Paso County's robust growth, officials say]]> http://gazette.com/economy-geography-drive-el-paso-countys-robust-growth-officials-say/article/1599898?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/economy-geography-drive-el-paso-countys-robust-growth-officials-say/article/1599898?custom_click=rss

New census data sheds light on the population growth El Paso County has experienced in recent years, which local officials hailed as a testament to the area's affordability, geographic appeal and flourishing economy.

From 2015 to 2016, El Paso County's population increased by an estimated 13,994 people, the largest increase seen that year by any of the state's 64 counties, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday. The growth was an estimated 2.1 percent increase from the previous year, making it the highest jump the county has seen in at least six years.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:29:49 -0600
<![CDATA[House votes to block Obama-era online privacy rule]]> http://gazette.com/house-votes-to-block-obama-era-online-privacy-rule/article/feed/452105?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/house-votes-to-block-obama-era-online-privacy-rule/article/feed/452105?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Tuesday to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration, a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.

The Federal Communications Commission rule was designed to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers share information. But critics said the rule would have added costs, stifled innovation and picked winners and losers among Internet companies.

The House voted 215-205 to reject the rule, and sent the legislation to President Donald Trump for his signature.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:28:22 -0600 <![CDATA[California, NY vow to fill climate-change void left by Trump]]> http://gazette.com/california-ny-vow-to-fill-climate-change-void-left-by-trump/article/feed/452113?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-ny-vow-to-fill-climate-change-void-left-by-trump/article/feed/452113?custom_click=rss SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The governors of California and New York said Tuesday that they will push ahead with their aggressive climate change policies despite President Donald Trump's executive order that seeks to boost the coal industry.

Democratic Govs. Jerry Brown of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York said in a joint statement that they will help fill the void left by Trump's decision to unravel former President Barack Obama's plan to curb global warming.

"With or without Washington, we will work with our partners throughout the world to aggressively fight climate change and protect our future," the governors wrote.

Trump's order targets more than a half-dozen Obama-era regulations in an effort to boost domes

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:22:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Trump, in break from other world leaders, digs in on coal]]> http://gazette.com/trump-in-break-from-other-world-leaders-digs-in-on-coal/article/feed/451976?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-in-break-from-other-world-leaders-digs-in-on-coal/article/feed/451976?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to what he's called "the war on coal," President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that eliminates numerous restrictions on fossil fuel production, breaking with leaders across the globe who have embraced cleaner energy sources.

The order makes good on Trump's campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama's efforts to curb global warming, eliminating nearly a dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production, especially oil, natural gas and coal.

Environmental activists, including former Vice President Al Gore, denounced the plan. But Trump said the effort would spark "a new energy revolution" and lead to "unbelievable" American prosperity.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:07:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Easing coal rules unlikely to make US energy independent]]> http://gazette.com/easing-coal-rules-unlikely-to-make-us-energy-independent/article/feed/452112?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/easing-coal-rules-unlikely-to-make-us-energy-independent/article/feed/452112?custom_click=rss

DALLAS (AP) — The Trump administration is gutting Obama-era regulations opposed by the coal industry, but the strategy isn't likely to have much effect on U.S. energy independence.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was ushering in "the start of a new era" in energy production by signing an executive order that seeks to block, reverse or review several of President Barack Obama's initiatives to limit climate change. Some will take effect immediately; others could take years and face long court challenges.

A new era in U.S. energy began a decade ago, when drilling companies used new techniques to extract vast amounts of natural gas and oil beneath Texas, New Mexico, North Dakota, the Rockies and other regions of the coun

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:04:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Lawsuit: Waffle House grease seeped onto neighbor's property]]> http://gazette.com/lawsuit-waffle-house-grease-seeped-onto-neighbors-property/article/feed/452109?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawsuit-waffle-house-grease-seeped-onto-neighbors-property/article/feed/452109?custom_click=rss ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Grease and sewage from a nearby Waffle House caused thousands of dollars in damage when it seeped onto an Alabama man's property, he said in a lawsuit.

Mack Crook Jr. of Anniston is seeking $800,000 from Norcross, Georgia-based Waffle House Inc.

At issue is a Waffle House in Anniston that's adjacent to Crook's property.

The restaurant's "grease interceptor" has continuously leaked grease and contaminated fluid into the ground, Crook maintains in the lawsuit.

"The combination of grease and sewage has over time seeped onto and under the foundation of the Plaintiff's building, causing physical damage to the Plaintiff's property and loss of use and enjoyment of the property," the lawsuit states

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:01:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Wells Fargo to pay $110 million to settle fake account suit]]> http://gazette.com/wells-fargo-to-pay-110-million-to-settle-fake-account-suit/article/feed/452103?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wells-fargo-to-pay-110-million-to-settle-fake-account-suit/article/feed/452103?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over up to 2 million accounts its employees opened for customers without getting their permission, the bank announced Tuesday.

It's the first private settlement that Wells has reached since the company paid $185 million to federal and California authorities late last year. Authorities said bank employees, driven by high-pressure sales tactics, opened the bank and credit card accounts without customer authorization.

Wells also disclosed Tuesday that a federal regulator had downgraded its rating under a law designed to help monitor and promote banking practices to low-income and minority communities.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:58:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Former Pentagon chief Ash Carter returns to teach at Harvard]]> http://gazette.com/former-pentagon-chief-ash-carter-returns-to-teach-at-harvard/article/feed/452073?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-pentagon-chief-ash-carter-returns-to-teach-at-harvard/article/feed/452073?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter is the latest member of Barack Obama's cabinet heading to the world of academia.

Harvard University said Tuesday that Carter is being hired as a professor and as director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a university think tank.

Carter follows other top members of the Democratic former president's administration who have landed in college jobs, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who will lead policy institutes at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware, and former Secretary of State John Kerry, who was tapped to oversee a new global affairs program at Yale University.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:56:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Urban Tour to showcase living in downtown Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/urban-tour-to-showcase-living-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1599893?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/urban-tour-to-showcase-living-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1599893?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs' annual Parade of Homes showcases homebuilding, furnishings and decorating. But next month's first-of-its-kind Urban Living Tour will showcase a lifestyle.

The tour - being launched by Downtown Ventures, the nonprofit arm of the Downtown Partnership advocacy group - will give participants a peek inside 13 downtown apartments and lofts.

While the tour will offer a chance to check out appliances, building materials and other property amenities, it's meant to show off what it's like to live downtown, where residents can walk to restaurants, nightclubs, museums and parks.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:51:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Selling water: Coke, Pepsi look to make water rain money]]> http://gazette.com/selling-water-coke-pepsi-look-to-make-water-rain-money/article/feed/452030?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/selling-water-coke-pepsi-look-to-make-water-rain-money/article/feed/452030?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Bottled water is starting to seem more like soda, and sometimes taste like it, too.

As bottled water surges in popularity, Coke, Pepsi and other companies are using celebrity endorsements, stylish packaging and fancy filtration processes like "reverse osmosis" to sell people on expanding variations of what comes out of the tap. They're also adding flourishes like bubbles, flavors or sweeteners that can blur the lines between what is water and what is soda.

For this year's Super Bowl, PepsiCo even ran an ad for its new Lifewtr, promoting the drink in a spotlight typically reserved for sodas. Also running their first Super Bowl ads were Fiji and Bai Brands, which sell "enhanced waters" made with fruit juice an

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:34:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Last call at Southside Johnny's bittersweet for regulars of Colorado Springs bar]]> http://gazette.com/last-call-at-southside-johnnys-bittersweet-for-regulars-of-colorado-springs-bar/article/1599709?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/last-call-at-southside-johnnys-bittersweet-for-regulars-of-colorado-springs-bar/article/1599709?custom_click=rss

Last call came much to early for regulars of an iconic bar and restaurant in south downtown Colorado Springs.

Southside Johnny's, which opened at 528 S. Tejon St. in 2002, welcomed customers for a final Saturday night of burgers, brews and live music before it closes on Sunday.

Those who frequent the bar gathered to lament its closing and commemorate the many friends made, special occasions celebrated and late nights spent there.

"I used to live in this bar. I have so many memories here," said 55-year-old Jennifer Strand, who recalled the exact table by the garage-door style windows that she and her friends would reserve in the years she spent nearly every Friday night at the pub. "I'm going to miss it.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:56:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Trump signs bill that kills Obama-era Worker Safety Rule]]> http://gazette.com/trump-signs-bill-that-kills-obama-era-worker-safety-rule/article/1599879?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-signs-bill-that-kills-obama-era-worker-safety-rule/article/1599879?custom_click=rss

President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday that killed an Obama-era worker safety rule that required businesses competing for large federal contracts to disclose and correct serious safety and other labor law violations.

Earlier this month, the Senate voted to eliminate the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule, which applied to contracts valued at $500,000 or more. Votes on the bill in both the House and Senate divided along party lines.

The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces regulation was finalized in August but most of it was never implemented. Within days of it being finalized, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) sued, securing a temporary injunction that prohibited the federal government from implementing it.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:28:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Chipotle purges preservatives in bid to renew foodie image]]> http://gazette.com/chipotle-purges-preservatives-in-bid-to-renew-foodie-image/article/1599878?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chipotle-purges-preservatives-in-bid-to-renew-foodie-image/article/1599878?custom_click=rss

Chipotle's quest to sell preservative-free food is now complete, giving the chain fresh bragging rights as it tries to rebuild its reputation and recover from a sales slump.

The company's U.S. stores are now selling flour tortillas made with just five ingredients - flour, water, canola oil, salt and yeast, Chipotle said Tuesday. The burrito wrappers used to have dough conditioners and preservatives. The move marks the latest push by the Mexican chain to revamp its ingredients and outdo rivals after food-poisoning incidents sent sales plunging and hurt its reputation.

"The way to grow the business is not though limited-time offers, extra value meals or menu proliferation with all kinds of new items," Chief Executive Officer

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:25:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Darden surges after agreeing to buy Cheddar's, beating views]]> http://gazette.com/darden-surges-after-agreeing-to-buy-cheddars-beating-views/article/1599877?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/darden-surges-after-agreeing-to-buy-cheddars-beating-views/article/1599877?custom_click=rss

Darden Restaurants gained the most in more than three years after topping earnings estimates and agreeing to buy Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, giving the owner of Olive Garden a fresh source of growth.

Darden announced plans on Monday to purchase the chain for $780 million in cash from private equity firms L Catterton and Oak Investment Partners. Cheddar's has 165 locations across 28 states, including one on Colorado Springs' north side, and would become Darden's third-biggest brand.

The plan is to squeeze tens of millions in savings from the merger and use it to boost earnings by as much as 12 cents a share in 2018. Cheddar's brings a brand with high volume per restaurant, and its "made from scratch" food focus may help appeal

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:24:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Uber finally releases data on employee diversity, and the results aren't pretty]]> http://gazette.com/uber-finally-releases-data-on-employee-diversity-and-the-results-arent-pretty/article/1599881?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uber-finally-releases-data-on-employee-diversity-and-the-results-arent-pretty/article/1599881?custom_click=rss

Uber employs a relative dearth of women and racial minorities, particularly in technical roles, the company said Tuesday - another example of the lack of diversity that persists across the technology industry.

The ride-hailing company, which made public its data on employee diversity for the first time, said that women make up 36.1 percent of Uber's global workforce and 32.9 percent of its employees in the United States and Canada, but they hold just 15.4 percent of technical positions.

In the United States, the numbers are starker for racial minorities, the data shows. Uber employees identifying as Asian make up 30.9 percent of the ride-hailing company's U.S. workforce and hold 47.9 percent of technical roles. Meanwhile,

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:20:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Jennifer Montoya]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-jennifer-montoya/article/1599626?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-jennifer-montoya/article/1599626?custom_click=rss

Jennifer Montoya of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Colorado Springs has repeated her previous year's achievement of being granted the highest level of service achievement in the real estate industry, Quality Service Certified Platinum.

The award is in recognition of earning 100 percent client service satisfaction in 2016 as measured by Leading Research Corp.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:11:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Dennis Natali]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-dennis-natali/article/1599799?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-dennis-natali/article/1599799?custom_click=rss

Dennis Natali, a professor of business at Pikes Peak Community College, has recently joined the Board of Trustees with the Western Museum of Mining and Industry.

Dennis holds a doctoral degree in education from Colorado State University, is a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant, is past president of the Rampart Range Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors for Vukoo LLC.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:10:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Hotel staffers]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-hotel-staffers/article/1599880?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-hotel-staffers/article/1599880?custom_click=rss

The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel and the Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, have recently named four staffers to new posts:

Arron Duff has been named general manager.

Louis Casino Riley is the new associate general manager.

Mark Richardson is the new regional director of sales and catering.

Amy Champagne is the new associate director of sales and catering.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:09:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Oskar Blues begins renovation of downtown Colorado Springs building]]> http://gazette.com/oskar-blues-begins-renovation-of-downtown-colorado-springs-building/article/1599821?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oskar-blues-begins-renovation-of-downtown-colorado-springs-building/article/1599821?custom_click=rss

Demolition work inside the former Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom in downtown Colorado Springs is underway in preparation for a remodeling of the space into the latest location for Oskar Blues, the popular Longmont-based restaurant, craft beer brewer and music venue.

Oskar Blues announced in December it would spend $1.2 million on a renovation of the space at 118 N. Tejon St., and expected to open the location in June.

Company officials couldn't be reached for comment Monday, but work crews were busy tearing out walls, ceilings and other portions of the former Old Chicago space in advance of a remodeling.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:55:31 -0600
<![CDATA[U.S. travel industry fears a 'lost decade' under Trump]]> http://gazette.com/u.s.-travel-industry-fears-a-lost-decade-under-trump/article/1599797?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-travel-industry-fears-a-lost-decade-under-trump/article/1599797?custom_click=rss

Like many Washington lobby groups, the U.S. Travel Association was quick to congratulate the new president on his victory last November.

"We are encouraged that Mr. Trump's extensive business and hospitality background . will make him a ready and receptive ear," the trade organization said. Upon the Republican's inauguration, the USTA's chief executive, Roger Dow, pledged the industry as a "capable, willing partner."

But almost immediately, things started to go sideways. A steady drumbeat of news and policy proclamations seemed likely to damage America's $250 billion travel industry and its roughly 15 million U.S. employees.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:15:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Trump may be offering coal leases that `no one' wants right now]]> http://gazette.com/trump-may-be-offering-coal-leases-that-no-one-wants-right-now/article/1599798?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-may-be-offering-coal-leases-that-no-one-wants-right-now/article/1599798?custom_click=rss President Donald Trump is expected to lift a moratorium on federal coal-mining leases -- though it probably won't do the industry much good until years after he's left office.

That's because U.S. coal companies including Peabody Energy Corp. won't be looking to secure new reserves of the fossil fuel on federal land for years, especially as mining slows amid the sector's worst downturn in generations. Production in Wyoming and Montana, where much of government coal is located, fell 18 percent in 2016 from the prior year. Coal's share of U.S. power generation has plunged in the face of competition from cheap natural gas and renewables.

"No one's looking for new coal reserves," said Robert Godby, a professor of energy economics

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]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:35:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Get a Job Monday Rewind: Tek Experts needs your tech skills in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-rewind-tek-experts-needs-your-tech-skills-in-colorado-springs/article/1599769?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-rewind-tek-experts-needs-your-tech-skills-in-colorado-springs/article/1599769?custom_click=rss

Sky-high with your career in Colorado's high-tech industry. Ready, willing and ambitious should apply for these positions with Tek Experts in Colorado Springs. The positions include customer-success manager, technical-support advocate and sales assistant to give technical assistance to internal operations and client representatives. Three people per position are being hired.

Gazette's Eric Singer talks with a Tek Experts company representative who can fill in the blanks for you on our exclusive, Get a Job Monday segment.

If you would like more hiring information, click on www.tek-experts.com.

If you would like to learn more about other jobs in the Pikes Peak region, email deanmiller@elpasoco.com. Dean is with the

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:54:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Massive hailstorm's aftermath entering its ninth month in Colorado Springs — with little end in sight]]> http://gazette.com/massive-hailstorms-aftermath-entering-its-ninth-month-in-colorado-springs-with-little-end-in-sight/article/1599749?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/massive-hailstorms-aftermath-entering-its-ninth-month-in-colorado-springs-with-little-end-in-sight/article/1599749?custom_click=rss

The roof-pounding, window-shattering, car-crunching hailstorm that pummeled the Pikes Peak region July 28 lasted only a few hours.

But the storm's aftermath is entering its ninth month, with little end in sight.

Weary businesses - some of whom stopped advertising because they had too many customers - continue to re-roof homes, replace gutters, and smooth out car bodies as fast as they can. And while they wait for repairs, some homeowners still rely on duct-tape patches to cover holes in their pockmarked siding.

Total Roofing owner Scott McIntyre, a Colorado Springs resident since 1970, called it the worst storm he'd ever seen. And the damage didn't stop at roofs.

"There was collateral damage. Siding, decks, paint,

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:37:55 -0600