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El Paso County Clerk and Recorders office gets new Fort Carson location

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Announced for Fort Carson Branch Office

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is excited to announce the Fort Carson Branch Office will open to the public after an opening ceremony on August 18, 2016.

“We couldn’t be happier to be opening this new office,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman. “This is an amazing partnership between the local and federal governments that will benefit so many citizens. We’re proud to be part of an effort that will improve the quality of life for our men and women in uniform while benefitting all the citizens of El Paso County.”

The Fort Carson Branch Office will be the fifth office operated by the Clerk and Recorder. All five offices will offer the same services: vehicle titling and registration, driver’s license services (including transfers, renewals, and replacements), recording services, and election services. While the close proximity will benefit members of the military, any citizen may visit the office after obtaining a base day-pass at Gate 1. The Fort Carson Branch Office will be located in the Mountain Post Soldier Center, where soldiers will be able to access many different services at one location.

“The opening of this Clerk and Recorder’s Office on Fort Carson will provide convenient services for thousands of our citizens that utilize more than just the Motor Vehicle functions but also Marriage License and Recording,” said Dennis Hisey, County Commissioner from District 4. “This office also sets Fort Carson apart with the distinction of being one of a few—if not the only— Post with this kind of partnership with the local community.”

Under then Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams’ direction, the Clerk’s Office began looking for an additional location to service southern El Paso County in 2011. The initial search did not find any suitable locations. However, a conversation between Clerk and Recorder Williams and Fort Carson leadership resulted in the idea of partnering with Fort Carson.

“The army had just constructed a new commissary, and the leadership of Fort Carson was interested in what could be done with the space left from the old commissary,” explained now-Secretary of State Wayne Williams. “The leadership of Fort Carson and I were interested in finding ways to offer more services not only to our men and women in uniform, but to military retirees and contractors, and civilian citizens as well. The idea for the Fort Carson Branch Office partnership came from that conversation.”

The opening ceremonies will be held at the Mountain Post Soldier Center located at the intersection of Wetzel Ave. and McDonald St., and will begin at 1:00 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to open the Mountain Post Soldier Center. Another ceremony will be held shortly thereafter to open the Motor Vehicle branch office.

“There are always a lot of people to thank when something great happens,” said Broerman. “That is certainly the case here. I’d like to thank the Fort Carson Garrison Command and the U.S. Army for their work and cooperation to make this idea a reality. I’d also like to thank Secretary of State Wayne Williams for seeing the wisdom of this partnership and laying out the foundation for our office to build the new branch. And finally, I’d like to thank all of my staff members who implemented this vision.”

Abba Eye Care is now open in Fountain, Colorado

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Abba Eye Care is now open in Fountain, Colorado at 7975 Fountain Mesa Rd. Abba has been in business since 1978. The new location brings to 15 the number of vision care centers Abba owns and operates in Colorado, including Ponderosa Vision Clinics.

From their website:
"… We offer services from routine eye exams to laser eye surgery consultations… stylish prescription and non-prescription eye glasses, contact lenses, and fashionable sunglass selections, as well as our HD (High Definition) lens options, Whether you need eyewear or eye care service, you’ll find that each eye doctor on our team will provide you with the highest levels of service!

We provide our patients with personalized service using advanced equipment and the latest in optical technology. Each of our offices is focused on providing the highest levels of customer care as well as strong attention to detail. Our primary goal is to deliver on the high quality our patients have come to expect of us as the most highly-rated optometrist in our service area. We are confident you will enjoy our commitment to service and our dedication to serving the eye care needs of our customers!"

For more information visit www.abbaeyecare.com

The Fountain location is open from 8:30 to 6pm Monday through Friday and from 9am to 2pm Saturday. You can reach them at 719-573-2020. Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/abbaeyecare.

Cutter Aviation break ground on new terminal, Colorado Springs (Video)

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Cutter Aviation hosted a ground breaking ceremony for its new FBO (Field-Base Operator) Executive Terminal at the Colorado Springs Airport. Representatives from Cutter, their development partner Western, LLC, the Colorado Springs Airport, local politicians and members of the media were on hand for the event.

From the company press release:
In August 2006, Cutter Aviation launched FBO operation at COS when it purchased the former FBO, Discount Fuels. As fuels sales and activity increased steadily over the years, Cutter began making plans to build a new facility and entered negotiations with the City of Colorado Springs to acquire additional land for development. Cutter recently completed the purchase of a large corporate aircraft storage hangar at the airport and also completed the construction of a new 62,000-gallon fuel farm. These recent projects and the new FBO terminal increase Cutter Aviation’s FBO and office space to approximately 9,000 square feet, aircraft hangar storage space to 132,000 square feet and more than doubles Cutter’s leasehold to over 16 acres.

When you taxi up to the new FBO terminal, the mountain retreat architecture of Cutter’s FBO serves as a visual indicator that you have arrived in Colorado Springs and the Rocky Mountains. The new state-of-the-art facility was designed to accommodate the needs of he business aviation community well into the future and enables Cutter to expand amenities offered to our customers. “We are delighted to be underway with construction of our new FBO terminal in Colorado Springs.” said Will Cutter. “Cutter looks forward to continuing to serve the users of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport with this new facility. the new FBO terminal increased ramp space and new fuel farm gives us the ability to better serve our customers here at Colorado Springs.”

For more information visit www.CutterAviation.com

Video: The first speaker is Cutter's General Manager, Calvin Martin. The video starts just after he introduced himself.

Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado provides results of AOS investigation

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press release

Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado (BBB) has completed an investigation of a Southern Colorado company known for deceptive marketing: AOS Inc.  
 
Janet Rhodes is the principle and Stanley Grossman is the president of AOS Inc., an office supply company. AOS has an address of 2932 Janitell Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80906, and a phone number of 719-576-9316. AOS Inc. has also done business as NEON Inc. and N.E.O.N. Inc. [New England Office Network].
 
BBB warns consumers that this is NOT an accredited business, and AOS has an F rating. BBB has processed and closed 81 complaints against AOS in the last three years. Of these, 23 complaints have occurred in the last 12 months. As BBB does not publish complaints until they are closed, the 81 complaints may not be all encompassing of the complaints received by BBB of Southern Colorado.
 
In addition to the complaints, there are 12 customer reviews on the company’s BBB Business Review, all of which are negative.
 
BBB files indicate that this business has a pattern of complaints concerning deceptive sales practices. Customers are contacted by this business regarding warehouse sale office supplies. Customers make small purchases to try out a new product, but instead receive a
“gross” amount.
 
One customer mentioned purchasing one item, which was shipped as one gross; whereas she thought she was ordering one box, she received 144 boxes, and was billed accordingly. BBB contacted the company via certified letter on July 5, 2016 to work with them, but the company failed to address the pattern of complaints.
 
For consumers and businesses seeking services or products, BBB advises consumers to use BBB’s website or call its offices to find an accredited business that has a recordable history of providing a specific type of service or product.
 
“At BBB, we work to identify marketplace practices that are unethical, misleading or deceptive,” said Jonathan Liebert, CEO and executive director of Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado.
 
“We investigate companies that don’t follow good business practices, so we can inform the public. And we hope awareness of these issues will help consumers take action to protect themselves.”

For more information, read the BBB Business Review of AOS.
 
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BBB of Southern Colorado sets standards for marketplace trust – to create a community of trustworthy businesses and charities – by encouraging and supporting best practices, educating consumers and businesses, celebrating business role models, and calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior.

BBB of Southern Colorado houses more than 29,000 reviews on companies in the region. In 2015, it processed 2,898 complaints and had 1.6 million page views on its website.  All company and charity reports are available for free online.

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Moody’s Issues Annual Colorado Springs Airport Credit Rating

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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

Moody's Investors Service will be maintaining the rating on the City of Colorado Springs Airport Enterprise's Airport System Revenue Bonds (Baa1), with the Airport’s outlook remaining STABLE.
 
The stable outlook is based on Moody’s expectation that the Airport will see improved debt service coverage due to lower leverage and will continue to manage expenses. The Airport expects no additional debt in the foreseeable future.
 
A strength noted in this rating recognizes “management's demonstrated ability and willingness to make cost reductions that has resulted in sound debt service coverage and a reduced debt burden.”
In May 2016, the Airport reported a 5.3% YTD increase in passenger enplanements. This positive trend is in part due to the return of Frontier Airlines to the market in April with nonstop, daily service to Las Vegas. Added daily service on Frontier to Phoenix in June and Orlando in October are expected to reverse the declining enplanement trend that has occurred every year from 2008 to 2015 (with the exception of 2012). As a result, Airport management expects a 9.4% growth in enplanements for FY 2016.

Also to be noted, the Airport saw a significant increase in non-airline revenues in FY 2015 resulting from the completed construction of three corporate hangars as well as the leasing of previously vacant facilities. This growth in non-airline revenue is expected to continue for FY 2016 and FY 2017. When completed, the Airport expects the additional hangars and facilities “will bring in at least $400 thousand annually in additional revenues.”

A critical component to ensuring the Airport’s long-term airport financial stability was the implementation of a new Airline use and lease agreement, which was executed with the Airport’s signatory carriers on January 1, 2016. This new agreement replaces the past month-to-month agreement with a multi-year commitment further strengthening the partnership between the Airport and Airlines serving COS.
 
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Griffis/Blessing to manage Palo Verde Apartments in Colorado Springs

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Press Release

Griffis/Blessing has been selected by an affiliate of Freshwater Investments to handle the property management of Palo Verde Apartments, located at 175 North Murray Boulevard in Colorado Springs.
 
“We are thrilled to build on our partnership with the new owner as this will be the second community we mange for them,” says Pat Stanforth, CPM®, Senior Vice President of Multifamily Services.


 
Alex Rozenfeld, Freshwater Investments Principal and Managing Partner, commented: “This marks our second acquisition in Colorado and is a powerful addition to our multifamily portfolio. We’re thrilled to partner with Griffis/Blessing, Inc. and leverage their expertise in managing our property, as they are a recognized leader and the largest property management firm in Colorado. We will continue looking for opportunities to expand into this market as we see growth potential here."
 
Palo Verde offers 72 one and two-bedroom spacious floor plans with private patios/balconies, in unit washer/dryer, and fully equipped kitchens. The community amenities include a heated swimming pool, basketball court, picnic area and playground.
 
Candice Kennedy, CAM is taking on the assignment as the District Manager and Tim Gunning will be the on-site Property Manager.
 
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver, Griffis/Blessing, Inc. currently manages over 4.3 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 8,200 apartments. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services throughout Colorado since 1985. For more information, visit www.griffisblessing.com.

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