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Wayne Heilman

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Colorado Springs, CO, United States

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Cripple Creek casinos report strong first month after reopening

Customers have returned to Cripple Creek casinos in bigger-than-expected numbers after being closed for three months. And they’ll have another reason to visit the Teller County city when the first → Read More

Economic recovery will take a while, Colorado Springs economists say

If you're waiting for the economy to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, you might settle in for a lengthy stay. → Read More

El Paso County vehicle registrations rebound, but slowly

El Paso County’s new vehicle market is recovering, but slowly, and that isn’t likely to change for much of the rest of the year, according to the head of the → Read More

Another Colorado Springs hotel to lay off staff

The Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel in northern Colorado Springs became the latest local hotel to file a layoff notice with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. → Read More

Two senior living facilities planned in northeast Colorado Springs

Two more senior living facilities are planned to open in late 2021 or early 2022 in northeast Colorado Springs, following a boom in construction of such housing during the past → Read More

Study: Colorado Springs loan programs saved 8,000 jobs amid pandemic

Loans and grants to 422 Colorado Springs area businesses and nonprofits helped save nearly 8,000 jobs at risk after those organizations were temporarily closed by state restrictions stemming from the → Read More

New UCCS business dean has experience with tight budgets

Karen Markel has plenty of experience with tight budgets — and she will put that expertise to work as dean of the College of Business at the University of Colorado → Read More

Cherwell converts annual Colorado-based conference to virtual event

briefly Cherwell converts annual conference to virtual event Cherwell Software is converting its annual conference, scheduled for October at Gaylord Rockies Resort in the Denver area, to a virtual format due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual meeting had been held until two years ago at The Broadmoor, typically drawing 1,000 customers and other participants, and will return to… → Read More

Oakland credit card issuer plans second headquarters in Colorado

A California company that provides payment mechanisms for firms such as DoorDash, Instacart, Square and Uber plans to open a second headquarters this year in the Denver area that is → Read More

Colorado Springs cost of living surges to 23-year high

The cost of living in Colorado Springs surged to a 23-year high in the first quarter as home prices continue to climb amid a hot housing market, a national survey → Read More

Colorado unemployment rate falls in May from record high

Colorado's unemployment rate fell to 10.2% in May from a revised 12.2% in April as residents returned to work after the state's stay-at-home order expired, the Colorado Department of Labor → Read More

Colorado Springs investment firm files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Colorado Springs-based investment company ASI Capital and its ASI Capital Income Fund have sought protection from creditors amid significant revenue declines triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Cripple Creek casinos reopen with crowds, lines

CRIPPLE CREEK • More than 300 customers, some arriving up to two hours early, lined up in front of 11 casinos in this Teller County city, waiting to play slot → Read More

What to expect when Cripple Creek casinos reopen Monday

Cripple Creek casinos reopen Monday, but don't expect them to operate anything like they did when the 12 gambling halls closed three months ago as part of state restrictions to → Read More

Colorado Springs sales and use tax revenue plunges at record level

Colorado Springs sales and use tax revenue plunged a record 21.8% in April from the year before — but the drop was only about half of what city officials had → Read More

Manpower hiring forecast for Colorado Springs unchanged amid pandemic

Despite a record unemployment rate in April, the hiring outlook for Colorado Springs in the third quarter remains unchanged from the current quarter, according to a survey from staffing giant → Read More

COVID-19 slows Colorado's vaunted river rafting season

With warming temperatures in Colorado’s mountains and spring runoff in full swing, the whitewater boating season should be off to a roaring start. → Read More

UCCS lays off 28, furloughs 43 in wake of state budget cuts

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs announced Friday it will lay off 28 employees and furlough 43 others June 5 from its non-academic departments in the wake of state → Read More

Pikes Peak tourism season start remains uncertain, industry focusing on locals

Memorial Day weekend usually means crowded roads, tourist sites and hiking trails in the Pikes Peak region, but this year only the trails remain full as attractions remain closed amid → Read More

Colorado unemployment rate surges to record high

Business closures ordered to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic sent Colorado's unemployment rate to a record 11.3% in April, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported Friday. → Read More