Colorado employers added 2,600 jobs from February to March, bringing the total number of jobs to 2.29 million. All the new jobs were in the private sector, according to information from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged over the month at 7.8 percent. […]
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City government went to the dogs — or rather the dog — Tuesday morning. Mayor Steve Bach gave a Spirit of the Springs award at his news conference to Swagger, the Old English sheepdog which beat out 2,720 competitors to win reserve best-in-show at Westminster. The pooch belongs to Colton and Heather Johnson, part of […]
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Four years ago, when John Hickenlooper was the newly elected governor, his constituents said loud and clear that there were far too many regulations for business. He made it his first order of business and directed state agencies to reduce redundancies and red tape for business. Now, he says, there are half as many statewide […]
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The state Department of Transportation refunded nearly $106 million of the transportation revenue bonds it issued in 2004 to accelerate projects across the state. The money was available when CDOT refinanced the bonds, which have an average interest rate of 1.42 percent. The interest on the original bonds ranged from 3.6 percent to 3.7 percent […]
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Colorado Springs Utilities board members decided yesterday to nix a contract to study selling or leasing its electric power generation. The board unanimously decided not to move forward with a $500,000 study, suggested in 2012 by Mayor Steve Bach in a letter to the board. Board chairman Keith King signaled the direction the board was […]
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The dollar is dropping as U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers are meeting. UBS analyst Chris Walker says that given the recent fears that the chance of a recession has increased, investor expectations have grown that there could be a significant policy announcement from the Fed. He says UBS economists don’t expect a big rescue effort, however. […]
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A bill to create a smartphone app that shows Colorado locally owned businesses will face its toughest test yet in the Republican-controlled House. Senate Democrats approved the proposal earlier this month, saying the bill is a way to promote and boost local businesses. But Republicans are skeptical. They question whether the bill is necessary and […]
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Remember those great ideas you had for an invention that could make money and put you on easy street? It might be time to pull them out of the closet and dust them off. Patent lawyers, politicians and scientists are pushing for a U.S. patent bureau in Colorado. Also in the running are New Mexico, […]
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As those of us who have covered City Council meetings in the past couple of years know only too well, former Councilor Joel Miller is remarkably prolix. Unlike his laconic colleague Helen Collins, Miller frequently spoke from the dais, going on … and on  … and on. On one occasion, he harangued his captive audience […]
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Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill this week that will support local, small-scale growers and producers by creating alternative methods for them to sell homemade goods. The legislation will allow growers to sell products directly to consumers, by exempting home kitchens from certain health inspections that are generally applied to large retailers. Home kitchens willb […]
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Chief of Staff/Chief Administrative Officer Laura Neumann has resigned her position with the City of Colorado Springs, effective March 1. She will be replaced by her predecessor Steve Cox. Cox retired in 2012 after serving as Fire Chief, interim city manager, Chief of Staff and Chief of Economic Vitality. He originally began his career with […]
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The impending fiscal cliff, with an 8.3 percent cut in park budgets, could result in the termination of thousands of park workers and force other national parks to shut down, says the Coalition of National Park Retirees. But that’s not all. In addition, campgrounds, visitors centers, educational programs would end. Maintenance and repair for buildings, […]
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