Business News Colorado Springs, Security, Widefield, Fountain, Colorado

Leo Rivera announces new childrens book

Leo Rivera, a former Security-Widefield area resident, is pleased to announce the publication of a new children’s book by Barbara Jones, which he illustrated.

The Barnacle and Briny Circus is a 40 page book, now available on

The story chronicles PJ's dangerous trip from pajama fish school to the Briny Circus. He must avoid predators along the way if he's going to make it to see the lion fish act with his friends.

Leo Rivera is also well known for his use of coffee as a medium for many of his paintings.

You can see more of Leo's work on his portfolio page at

Fountain Chiropractic welcomes new owners

Fountain Chiropractic at 468 N. Santa Fe Avenue in Fountain, Colorado, held a hail and farewell of sorts today. Locals were treated to BBQ from Colorado Smokehouse as they said goodbye to Dr. Arnold and Jennifer Moran and hello to the new owners, Dr. Jarod and Rachel Waters.

The Morans are moving to Nebraska to be closer to family. Family was also a factor in the Waters decision to buy the Fountain, Colorado practice. Rachel’s folks live in Taos, New Mexico, which is just a 3 hour drive from here and much closer than it was from Garland, Texas. Being closer to family was one of several items on the criteria list when the Waters’ were looking at opportunities for buying a practice.

For more information on Fountain Chiropractic call 719-799-6555, visit or visit their Facebook page.

HomeTown Paralegal expands paralegal service offerings.

Dawn Harnick, a.k.a. Hometown Paralegal of Fountain, Colorado, is expanding its offerings to include Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition preparation, divorce and custody modification. She will continue to offer professional resume and letter writing services as well.

While a paralegal cannot engage in the practice of law or give legal advice, a paralegal can help an individual navigate legal procedures on their own. If you feel confident representing yourself in something like a bankruptcy filing, a paralegal can ensure you take all the right steps and fill out all the right forms for considerably less than one would pay a bankruptcy attorney to handle the whole thing.

For more information about paralegals and the services they provide you can contact HomeTown Paralegal at 719-382-3563. You'll also find Hometown Paralegal on Facebook.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit expands bus service to new VA clinic

Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

As part of its fall service changes, Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) will expand bus service to the new Veterans Administration (VA) Clinic. Beginning Monday, September 15, bus service will run 10 hours per day during the week from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Route 2 has been serving the clinic since it opened on August 18 with weekday service from 10:45 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.

Route 2 operates between the Downtown Terminal and the El Paso County Citizens Service Center on Garden of the Gods Road.  The Route 2 schedule and map can be accessed on the MMT website at or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433) for more information.

Fall service changes also include the end of the seasonal City of Manitou Springs Free Summer Shuttle. The last day of operation for the 2014 season will be September 13. Since May 18, the Manitou Shuttle carried over 85,000 passengers.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Mountain Metro Mobility ADA Paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Mountain Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program.

Griffis/Blessing Expands Portfolio with Acquisition of The Village at Woodland Hills

Press Release

On September 10, Griffis/Blessing, Inc completed the purchase of The Village at Woodland Hills Apartments in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 160-­‐‑unit apartment community was built in 1984. The community amenities include a clubhouse, swimming pool, spa, fitness center, playground, tennis court and sand volleyball court.

Griffis/Blessing plans to actively initiate its proven value-­‐‑add plan of capital and operational improvements to this 1980s-­‐‑era community. Some of these planned improvements include modernizing appliances, fixtures and flooring in select units and enhancing the pool area and clubhouse to create more attractive amenities to meet the expectations of today’s renter.

“The Village at Woodland Hills fits well with our historic strengths of adding value through a strategic capital improvement plan and our acute property and asset management approach with diligent attention to detail,” says Gary Winegar, Chief Investment Officer for Griffis/Blessing. “With the continued growth in the Colorado Springs apartment market as well as increasing market rents, we expect The Village at Woodland Hills to produce an immediate cash flow for our investors.”

William J Hybl, Jr., the President and COO of Griffis/Blessing’s Property Services Group states, “We are excited about the addition of The Village at Woodland Hills as its central location and close proximity to major drivers of employment, entertainment and education will be appealing to renters and create an increase in demand.”

The property will be managed by Regional Property Manager, Carmen Azzopardi, CPM® with day-­‐‑to-­‐‑day operations to be handled by on-­‐‑site property manager Julie Romeo.

The property was purchased for $16 million. The FMAC mortgage was arranged by Brady O’Donnell of CBRE Capital Markets, Inc. in Denver and carries a fixed interest rate of 3.62%.

Fountain Creek Nature Center shows off new facility

by Ed Duffy

The Fountain Creek Nature Center, just off Highway 85 in Fountain, hosted a Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce networking event this week and director Nancy Bernard took the opportunity to show off their recently expanded facility.

The project, undertaken by Colarelli Construction began in September of last year. It was completed in Spring of 2014 and features a new exhibit room, viewing deck and event/meeting room. The almost $700,000 cost was funded  through donations and grants from individuals, organizations, lottery funds and local government.

The meeting room, which can seat up to 75, has already hosted one wedding and will host another wedding and reception this month. Room rental rates start at $50/hour for businesses and $30/hour for non-profits. Add $25/hour after 4pm. Rental includes tables and chairs, use of facilities including restrooms, refrigerator, microwaves, TV screens. laptops and DVD player.

The exhibit room features interactive displays, binoculars, games and activities and even a “critter cam” that uses motion detection to get candid shots of wildlife.

For more information on the Fountain Creek Nature Center visit

You can find upcoming events at the Nature Center at the events page.

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