Business Briefs – 12/26/2008

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Public comment sought for Lake Pueblo State Park plan

The Lake Pueblo State Park Draft Trails Management Plan was released last week and is available for public comment.
Copies of the plan and maps are available for review during normal business hours at the visitor center, on the south side of the reservoir at 640 Pueblo Reservoir Road, and online at
Comments must be received by Jan. 30 and should be sent to Brad Henley, Lake Pueblo State Park, 640 Pueblo Reservoir Road, Pueblo CO, 81005 or e-mailed to

Peak Vista needs Spanish speaking volunteers

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is seeking Spanish speaking volunteers for its First Visitor program.
Through home visits, volunteers provide new mothers with information about child and brain development, early learning, the importance of immunizations and child-parent bonding.
Peak Vista trains volunteers to present tried-and-true child development and community resource information.
To participate, visit

PTC rebate changes

The income eligibility threshold levels for the 2008 Colorado Property/Rent/Heat (PTC) rebate have been increased by $1,000. Applications for the rebate may be submitted starting Jan. 1.
The new maximum income levels are income of less than $12,000 for a single person and less than $15,700 for a married couple.
Applicants can receive a rebate of up to $600 of their property tax paid and $192 of their heating expenses paid during the year, either directly or as part of their rent payments.
To claim a PTC rebate, you must also meet all five of the following eligibility requirements:
You are 65 or older by Dec. 31, or are a surviving spouse at least 58 years old or were disabled for the entire year, regardless of age.
You resided in Colorado during the entire year.
You are lawfully present in the United States.
You are not claimed as a dependent on any other person’s federal income tax return.
You must have paid property tax, rent and/or heating expenses.
For more information, visit or call (303) 238-7378.

Academy offers event speakers

The Air Force Academy Speakers Bureau has volunteers available to discuss a wide range of topics.
The bureau is a public affairs program designed to increase public awareness of the academy and the Air Force, and provide information about other topics that might not be readily available elsewhere. The service is available to schools, youth groups, veteran and civic organizations, conferences and other events.
To request a speaker or for more information, e-mail or call 333-7470. Requests should be made at least three weeks prior to the event.

BLM offering 120 parcels at next lease sale

The Bureau of Land Management Colorado will offer to lease 120 parcels totaling about 133,054 acres for oil and gas development during its quarterly oil and gas lease sale Feb. 12.
The parcels include 96,281 Forest Service acres, 29,088 split-estate acres (federal subsurface mineral ownership and state or private surface ownership), 7,526 BLM acres and 158 Department of Energy acres.
A map is available

Applications being accepted for tech in education award

The Space Foundation and the Astronauts Memorial Foundation are accepting applications for the 2009 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 16.
The award is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions by K-12 educators and district level personnel in the field of education technology.
For more information, or to submit an application, visit

At-large members needed for PPRTA committee

The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority Board of Directors is seeking volunteers to serve as at-large representatives on its Citizen Advisory Committee.
Members provide recommendations to the board about budgets, contracts and project implementation and must be able to attend meetings at 1:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.
The deadline to apply is Dec. 31.
For more information, contact Rick Sonnenburg at 471-7080, ext. 138, or

Children’s Literacy Center needs volunteers

The Children’s Literacy Center needs volunteers to provide one-to-one tutoring in reading.
Volunteers will tutor one child, two hours a week.
The next orientation and training sessions are from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan 20, 21 or 22 at 2928 Straus Lane, Suite 1