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Press Release (Gain-Stovall PR)

After an enthusiastic kick-off event on April 17, Ducky Race non-profits have their tickets in hand and are ready to sell. Here are the participating non-profits:

Boys and Girls Club
Cañon Literacy Center
Florence Fun Fest
Fremont Center for the Arts
Fremont Search & Rescue
Golden Age Center
Habitat for Humanity
Humane Society of Fremont County
Kindred Kids Child Advocacy Center
Loaves & Fishes
PEO Chapter
The Pantry of Fremont
Venture Crew 121

From mid-April to early June, local non-profit partners have exclusive ticket selling rights and keep 40% of their proceeds. The other 60% goes to the Rotary Clubs, which underwrite all the hard costs, with the help of our wonderful local sponsors. 

Tickets are $5.00 each and may be purchased from any of our participating non-profits, at the Ducky booth at upcoming events and prior to the race the day of the Ducky Derby. The first five duckies that cross the finish line win the ticket purchaser cash prizes of $1000.00, $500.00, $250.00, $100.00 and $50.00. Every ticket purchased has a chance to win $35,000.00 toward purchasing a car at Lindner Chevrolet

The annual Ducky Race, on July 4 is a cooperative effort between the Rotary Club of Cañon City and the Florence and Eastern Fremont Rotary Club. For the latest information about the Rotary Rubber Ducky Race, go to the Rotary Club of Cañon City’s Facebook page.

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Press Release (CO Secretary of State)

Colorado's business entity filings and job growth are on the rise, according to the latest Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report released by Secretary of State Jena Griswold today.

During the first quarter of 2019, 35,838 new business entities were filed with the Secretary of State's office, contributing to a 5% increase over the past 12 months. There were 159,746 business renewals, which is more than a 7.6% increase over the prior year. There are over 718,000 Colorado businesses in good standing, a record for Colorado.

The Business Research Division at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business compiles the report using data from the Secretary of State’s central business registry. The report looks at a variety of factors, such as energy costs, the labor market, and inflation.
"I am encouraged by the gains in existing entity renewals and continued gains in new business formations, which have led to a record number of Colorado businesses in good standing," said Griswold. "This indicates that the business environment in Colorado remains stable, and we are well-positioned to maintain our status as one of the leading state economies nationally."

From March of 2018 to March of 2019, Colorado added 44,800 jobs. Employment growth is projected to continue to grow over the next two quarters of this year. Data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that Colorado personal income increased by 1.5%, totaling nearly $331 billion.
“Annual growth in filings aligns well with the overall growth we continue to see in the Colorado economy,” said Richard Wobbekind, executive director of the Business Research Division at University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. “As well, the slowing growth of new filings registered in Q1 is consistent with other slowing economic variables.”

Last quarter, business leaders expressed confidence looking ahead two quarters. This increased slightly after the growth in business entity filings, renewals, and employment all went up over the first quarter of 2019.
The full report is available here and previous reports can be found here.

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by Ed Duffy

The Fountain Valley is growing at a rapid pace once again. The population of the area is expected to top 100,000 in just a few years. The Fountain Valley Senior Center has been looking for a bigger, better location for years. The Widefield Community Center is also running out of room and the City of Fountain doesn’t currently have a rec center or even a public pool.

These are some of the issues that a Citizens Advisory Committee hopes to address with a proposed new Regional Community Center. The advisory committee is made up of members from the Senior Center, The City of Fountain and Widefield District 3 (which owns the Widefield Community Center). The committee aims to get the proposal on the November 2020 ballot.

The land (about 20 acres) for a new center will be donated by the developer and would be located in the Cross Creek area (on the Mesa). The facility would serve as a new home for the Fountain Valley Senior Center and a combined rec center for Security-Widefield and Fountain. The current community center would continue to house the library.  Administrative offices, currently leasing other space, would likely relocate to it and the pool area would be repurposed. Of course, the ball fields aren’t going anywhere.

The top request from citizens of Fountain who were surveyed was a pool. Other amenities could include an indoor track, lacrosse field, meeting/event rooms, weight rooms, cardio; it really depends on what the public relates that they want and would use. There was a public meeting in February and there will be many more to be announced. You can also contact Silvia Huffman, at The City of Fountain (719-322-2038) for more information.

Under the proposal, Widefield District 3 would contribute funds from their existing budget, as would the Fountain Valley Senior Center. Voters in  Fountain Fort Carson School District 8 would be asked to approve a mil levy increase that would put them on par with District 3. Cost of the project is estimated at $31 million.

Funds will also be needed initially to do necessary planning, get the issue on the ballot and to promote it once it is approved for the ballot. Those fund raising efforts will begin soon.

I don’t generally vote for tax increases, but as a long time resident of the area and one that used to drive clear up north to take the kids to the wave pool at Cottonwood Creek’s community center, I think this idea is a good value. The cost of each of the entities involved doing their own thing would be much higher, if they could even find a suitable space. Nevertheless, a mil levy increase can be a tough sell. That’s why the advisory committee decided to go for the 2020 ballot rather than this coming November. They want to take the time to engage local residents and put together a great value proposition. If you have concerns, questions or would like to get involved, you can contact the Senior Center, Widefield District 3 or the City of Fountain for more information.

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By Ed Duffy

Four former employees of Peak Spa and Wellness would like you to know that although Peak Spa and Wellness is no longer, they are still at the same location, providing the same services they have been offering for years.

The location is 413 Security Blvd. Providers are Chistine Vigo; Hands for Healing, Andrae Kovac; Beauty2Envy, Andy Kissick; Kissick’s Massage, and Rachel Buckley; Nature’s Momma, LLC.

Hands for Healing offers massage therapy, specializing in swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and pre-natal. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 7pm and Saturday from 10-4. You can reach Christine at 719-337-6045  and like Hands for Healing on Facebook at


from left; Andrae Kovac, Andy Kissick and Christine Vigo

Beauty2Envy offers aesthetic services such as facials, microderm abrasion, waxing and chemical peels. Andrae’s hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10-2, thursday and Friday from 10:30-8 and Saturday from 10:30-4. Visit the website at or call 719-466-0250.

Kissick’s Massage also offers Swedish, Deep Tissue and Hot Stone massage. Andy’s hours are 9am to 7pm Monday through Saturday. Find Andy on MassageBook at You can also call him at 719-205-4270.

Nature Mama all-natural products

Rachel Buckley's Nature Mama, LLC offers skin care products that are all natural and organic. Products include organic hand sanitizer, diaper rash cream, magnesium and hemp infused lotions and body butters. Nature Mama is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 2pm. Follow her on Facebook at, you can reach Nature's Momma Llc by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also shop Nature Mama on Etsy at

Four independent professionals. One convenient location, right across from the firehouse in Security, with one mission; to enhance your wellbeing naturally.

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By Ed Duffy

There are about 3 dozen great craft breweries in Colorado Springs, but there's nothing on the southeast side (Security-Widefield/Fountain area). That's about to change with the arrival of Peaks N Pines in Fountain.

It may not look like much now, but the property at 212 W. Illinois Ave in Fountain, Colorado will soon be home to Peaks n Pines second location. The first is located at 4005 Tutt Blvd in Colorado Springs.

Peaks N Pines serves dinner as well as drinks. The new location will actually serve as the primary brewing site. The 10BBL brewhouse will have 20BBL fermenting capabilities. It's being constructed now, by Forgeworks of Ridgeway, Colorado.

Craft Breweries and tap houses are increasingly serving as neighborhood gathering places. Peaks N Pines aims to serve as a community focal point as well. The new location will feature a 1200 square foot taproom, 450 square foot events room and an 800 square foot pet-friendly patio. They hope to be open for business in late Spring or early Summer.

In the meantime, you can preview their brews at the Tutt Blvd location. They're open from noon to 10pm Monday through Thursday, noon to midnight Friday and Saturday and from noon to 9pm Sunday.

Learn more about Peaks N Pines at their website and give them a Like on Facebook at

Note to all you other brewmasters out there. Security-Widefield still needs a brewery. Thanks to Peaks N Pines for stepping up and getting the party started.