The U.S. Forest Service says it will form a committee to advise the U.S. agriculture secretary how to implement a new planning rule that is set to be finalized this winter. The new rule would guide how management plans are developed for the 155 national forests around the country, 20 grasslands and a prairie. The […]
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  The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is considering cuts for big game hunting for elk, deer and pronghorn sheep this year.   The commission is meeting Thursday in Grand Junction, where members will decide the best ways to stabilize herds.   Biologists are recommending a quota of 139,000 limited elk licenses, which represents a […]
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Mayor John Suthers has presented a 2019 budget proposal to Colorado Springs City Council that aims to keep the red-hot local economy percolating. “Our first and primary strategic plan goal remains promoting job creation,” Suthers wrote in his Oct. 1 budget message. “We’ve created 24,000 jobs since June of 2015, an average of 7,300 jobs […]
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The Colorado attorney general has filed a complaint against a Florida-based company suspected of engaging in unregistered debt management services for Colorado consumers. Consumer and Business Debt Counseling services is suspected of providing back end debt management services for the Johnson Law Group, another Orlando, Fla.-based company that, earlier this year, the state has filed […]
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In common with public employee pension plans in almost every state, the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association is less than fully funded. In other words, its assets are less than its liabilities. As of PERA’s comprehensive annual financial report of Dec. 31, 2016, the fund held assets valued at $43.15 billion, against liabilities estimated at […]
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As recently as a year ago, a developer who wanted to complete a project in El Paso County had to hand-carry an application composed of dozens of documents to the county Planning and Community Development Department. Now, using the department’s Electronic Development Application Review Program, developers, builders, commercial and industrial businesses, and other landowners can […]
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Newly elected legislators from El Paso County say the needs of businesses won’t be neglected in the coming session. Democrats captured 41 of the 65 Colorado House seats that were contested in the Nov. 6 general election, increasing their majority while wresting control of the Senate from Republicans and sweeping the top state offices. “There’s […]
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Springs manufacturers are already feeling the strain of President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs, which some Colorado economists and trade experts warn will hurt the state’s consumers and producers. “It has been impacting us already,” said Christopher Fagnant, president at Qualtek Manufacturing. “It’s isolating manufacturing and it’s making it harder for U.S. manufacturing to be competitive […]
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Charles Marohn recalls, as a child, taking walks with his grandfather, who had lived through the Great Depression. During their time together, Marohn would watch as he collected cans along the roadside to sell for scrap. “He’d take a truckload in for $5,” Marohn said. “Nobody does that today. That seems crazy and beneath us. […]
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Athletic trainers, midwives, barbers, travel guides, milk samplers and emergency medical technicians are on the list of 34 occupations requiring licenses in Colorado, but every state has a different list of licensed occupations and different requirements for them. These disparities often create headaches for workers who want to move to a new state and continue […]
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