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Casino revenue down during Feb.

Colorado casino revenue fell short during February because of a shortage of days.

Casinos statewide reported $57.3 million in adjusted gross proceeds (AGP), down 1.1 percent from $57.9 million during February 2008 and down 0.5 percent from $57.5 million during January.

The slight decrease in revenue from the previous year is attributable to the fact that February 2008 had 29 days.

AGP is most simply defined as the amount wagered by bettors less payouts from casinos.

Black Hawk’s 20 casinos totaled $41.2 million in AGP last month, down slightly from $41.9 million a year earlier and $41.5 million during January. Cripple Creek’s 16 casinos generated $11 million in AGP, up 4.2 percent from $10.6 million the previous year and up 3 percent from $10.7 million during January. Central City’s six casinos produced $5 million in AGP, down from $5.4 million during 2008 and $5.2 million the previous month.

Casinos statewide paid $9.4 million in gaming tax proceeds during February.

COPT wins award of excellence

Corporate Office Properties Trust has received a “Best in the Industry” ranking for 2008 from CEL & Associates Inc.

The company won the 2008 National Commercial Real Estate Customer Service Award for Excellence for Category I portfolios, which includes companies owning more than 100 properties.

This is the fifth year in a row that COPT has won the award.

The company also had 154 buildings that received the property level “A List” award, an improvement from 130 buildings during 2007.

Volunteers needed for county boards

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers to serve on the Citizen Review Panel and the Community Corrections Board.

Two members are needed to serve three-year terms on the CRP, which is an extension and continuation of the grievance (appeal) procedure established through the Department of Human Services Quality Assurance Program.

The panel provides a forum for the discussion of consumer concerns regarding the Department of Human Services, reviews and audits quality issues and concerns with the department, and considered and addresses other issues brought before it by the department director.

The corrections board is in need of an at-large representative to serve a three year term.

The board advises the commissioners about community-based and community-oriented programs that provide supervision of offenders being diverted from prison and those transitioning back into the community after prison.

Applications are available at www.elpasoco.com. The deadline to apply is April 17.

SBA launches Web small business community

The Small Business Administration’s Business Gateway Program has launched a Web initiative, http://Community.Business.gov, to provide small business owners, bloggers and the government with a place to discuss and share information about starting and running a successful business.

The site combines discussion forums, blogs and an idea exchange, and offers advanced tools for navigating the labyrinth of government resources, policies, laws and opportunities that impact the small business owner.

CSPA Media Guide available

The Colorado Springs Press Association Media Guide is now available.

The guide provides listings of newspapers, radio and television stations, reporters and other outlet contacts for El Paso and Teller counties.

The cost is $35, and an electronic version of the guide will be sent after payment is received. Checks should be made payable to the Colorado Springs Press Association and mailed to P.O. Box 1951, Colorado Springs, CO 80901.

Vladimir Jones wins ‘Best of Show’

Vladimir Jones received the “Best of Show” award from the 2009 Pikes Peak Advertising Federation’s annual American Advertising Awards for a television spot the agency created for St. Francis Medical Center.

The campaign hinged on the organization’s ownership of the “H” — the universal icon for hospital.

ESM offering free computer classes

Ecumenical Social Ministries will begin offering free computer training classes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 31.

Classes will be held Tuesday evenings for five weeks and cover basic Internet usage, how to perform job searches online, applying for jobs online and resume preparation.

To register, call 228-6794.

ESM also offers the following free computer classes during normal business hours:

An Introduction to the Internet — 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

Word Classes — A four-week course from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning April 1.

Excel Classes — A four-week course from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays beginning April 7.

Free tutoring in reading

The Children’s Literacy Center is offering free one-on-one tutoring for children reading below grade level.

Children are matched with trained volunteer tutors and meet twice a week for an hour each session.

To determine whether your child is eligible to enroll, call Pamela Polke at 471-8672 or visit www.peakreader.org.

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 pa.comrel@usafa.af.mil or call 333-7470. Requests should be made at least three weeks prior to the event.

Statewide paving award

Lafarge West Inc., URS Corp. and the U.S. Air Force Academy have been awarded the 2008 “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Pavement Quality Award in the Project Delivery category from the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association for the paving of Vandenberg Drive on the academy.

The project included the rehabilitation and realignment of Vandenberg Drive. About 15,300 square yards of existing reinforced concrete pavement, curb and gutter were removed. Drainage features, curb, gutter and sidewalks were installed or modified using 5,600 tons of hot mix asphalt.