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Griffis/Blessing has been selected to manage the 240-unit, garden-style community Luna Bella Apartments in Lafayette for Buchanan Street Partners. The mid-rise community offers a variety of amenities including a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, five community grills, yoga studio and Zen garden, 2,000 square foot commercial health club, bocce and volleyball courts, bike maintenance shop, and pet washing station. The apartment interiors offer residents stunning features including spacious walk-in closets, private balconies/patios, full-size washer/dryers, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, single car garage with each apartment home, and designer paint colors.

“We are excited for the opportunity to expand our Denver portfolio to 25 communities and look forward to making the transition for the residents and ownership as smooth as possible. Our experience and level of service make us the deal fit for this assignment,” said Carmen Azzopardi, CPM®, Vice President of Multifamily Services.

Regional Manager, Rachel Butler, is adding the assignment to his portfolio while Heather Worden has been hired to oversee day-to-day operations as Property Manager.

The only Accredited Management Organization, AMO, headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver, Griffis/Blessing, Inc. currently manages over 4.4 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 9,500 apartments along the Front Range and in Reno, NV. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services throughout Colorado since 1985. For more information, visit

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Tony Heurena and his wife Carolina are taking an idea they used successfully in Las Vegas a few years back and starting it up anew in Colorado Springs.

When Tony and Carolina were living in Las Vegas in 2007-2009, they started a transportation service that didn't just pick you up and drop you off. They actually waited for you and brought you back home. No need to call for the return trip. They're still there. Now they've launched Carolina's Transportation Services here in Colorado Springs.

It's almost like renting a limo, but much more affordable. Just give them a call, set up your ride and they'll come get you and up to three others (single destination) in their fully detailed Nissan Quest. They can take you where you need to go, wait for you and bring you back home.

The rate is $25/hour plus 50 cents/mile. Service area includes Colorado Springs and surrounding area, but they will also make trips to Denver and DIA.

The service is ideal for Doctors appointments, shopping, errands, they can even follow you to your mechanics to drop off your car and bring you back home.

Call 719-493-6272 to schedule a trip or for more information.

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Low-Cost Airline Frontier is adding new service between Colorado Springs (COS) and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) beginning on April 8. This new low-cost non-stop flight will operate three times a week and bring the number of destinations served from COS to ten. The airline is celebrating this new service with fares as low as $49.

In addition to Atlanta, this summer Frontier will operate flights to Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Las Vegas (LAS), Orlando (MCO), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), Phoenix (PHX), San Antonio (SAT), San Diego (SAN), Seattle (SEA) and Washington – Dulles (IAD).

“The Colorado Springs community has embraced our Low Fares Done Right service since our return just a little over two years ago. When we entered the market we served one route and this summer we will serve ten, non-stop destinations from COS.” said Richard Oliver, spokesperson – Frontier Airlines "We’re offering not only amazing low fares but a reliable and friendly service that allows customers to customize their travel experience to their needs and their budget. This empowers more people than ever in Southern Colorado to fly. This is what our Low Fares Done Right philosophy is all about.”

“Frontier continues to show their commitment to Colorado Springs and the Southern Colorado community. The growth of Frontier at COS illustrates the local community’s appreciation of these additional flight options and that they are utilizing them for their travel plans. We look forward to the success of Frontier’s new nonstop flight from Colorado Springs to Atlanta,” said Greg Phillips, Director of Aviation for the Colorado Springs Airport.

Frontier is focused on more than low fares. The carrier offers customers the ability to customize their travel to their needs and budget. For example, customers can purchase options a la carte or in one low-priced bundle called the WORKSsm. This bundle offers Frontier’s most popular options for as low as $59** each way and includes refundability, a carry-on bag, a checked bag, the best available seat, waived change fees and priority boarding.

About Frontier Airlines:

Frontier Airlines is committed to offering ‘Low Fares Done Right’ to more than 80 destinations in the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic and Mexico on nearly 300 daily flights. Headquartered in Denver, Frontier’s hard-working aviation professionals pride themselves in delivering the company’s signature Low Fares Done Right service to customers. Frontier Airlines is the proud recipient of the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2016 Diamond Award for maintenance excellence and was recently named the industry’s most fuel-efficient airline by The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) as a result of superior technology and operational efficiencies.

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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs) — Residents are invited to learn more about several projects planned for Memorial Park in 2018 during an upcoming open house.  Many of the improvements are made possible by a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) totaling nearly $1.4 million and a $926,000 grant from the Colorado Springs Health Foundation. 


The GOCO grant recognized the City of Colorado Springs and the Out the Door! Pikes Peak coalition for its work to get youth outdoors. Approximately half of the GOCO funds will be used to renovate the Prospect Lake Beach House, allowing it to serve as a launching area for outdoor activities and programs hosted by local non-profits. The Colorado Springs Health Foundation funding will be used to create additional walking paths, improve lighting and build new fitness stations to Memorial Park. A new Pikes Peak Region Peace Officers Memorial is another planned project and significant improvements will occur along Pikes Peak Avenue.



What:             Memorial Park 2018 Improvements, Open House


When:            Wednesday, Jan. 31


                        5:30 pm with presentation at 6 pm


Where:           Hillside Community Center


                        925 South Institute




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This tax season, Pikes Peak Community College is partnering with Denver-based Piton Foundation through the Tax Help Colorado program to help hard-working families become more financially secure.  IRS-certified PPCC accounting students will prepare and file tax returns free of charge for people with household incomes of less than $54,000 a year. 

This free service will be offered by appointment only every Saturday, Feb. 3-March 24, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at PPCC, Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., Aspen Building, 2nd Floor Rotunda.

This is the first year the service is provided by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 719-502-4829 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In addition to getting their taxes done for free, taxpayers may be eligible for valuable, refundable tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit. Tax preparers are trained to ensure the families they serve get the best refund possible. The program also helps PPCC students develop customer service skills, achieve practical, hands-on experience, serve their community and earn college credits.

Last year, PPCC accounting students helped 606 families file their tax returns.

“Not only is this a great community service provided by our students to help lower-income families save on their taxes, it also provides them with vital experience for entering the job market,” says Melissa Allen, PPCC accounting department chair and site coordinator.

Tax Help Colorado operates 24 free tax sites statewide; last year, they provided free tax assistance to over 8,750 people, helping them claim nearly $14 million in tax refunds, including nearly $5 million from the EITC.  In addition, the program saved families more than $2.2 million in commercial tax-preparation fees. Learn more about how Tax Help Colorado positively impacts the lives of families by reading past client stories.

A list of all the Tax Help Colorado sites, as well as the locations of other free tax assistance sites in Colorado, is available by calling 2-1-1 or visiting You can also follow Tax Help Colorado on Facebook ( and Twitter (@TaxHelpCo).