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FedEx honors drivers

Five drivers representing FedEx Corp. operating companies placed among the winners at the 2009 Colorado State Truck Driving Championship.

Paul Frisby, a driver for FedEx National LTL in Denver, captured the top spot in the four-axle class. It is his second state title since 2006.

FedEx Ground contractor Matthew Allison won the Step Van title, while his drivers, Peter Allison and Vanessa Hubb, finished second and third, respectively, in the class. All three are based in Denver.

FedEx Freight driver Michael Kumm of Colorado Springs finished second in the four-axle class.

Keller Williams dominates surveys

Keller Williams Realty brokerages are defying the downturn in the real estate industry by growing and expanding.

RIS Media’s “Power Broker Report” and REAL Trends’ “REAL Trends 500,” which rank the largest residential real estate brokerages in the United States based on transaction sides and sales volume, included more Keller Williams Realty brokerages than any other real estate brand.

Keller Williams comprised more than a quarter of the REAL Trends list, and was the only company to show growth in the number of agents added and total transactions closed.

In the “Power Broker Report,” Keller Williams accounted for 35 percent of all the brokerages listed. The report also ranked the company No. 1 in number of agents and total transactions closed.

Community assistance grants available

Applications are now being accepted for the 15th annual Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund grants.

The deadline to apply is June 30.

Through the fund, Wells Fargo will contribute $245,000 to community-based nonprofit organizations. The average grant ranges from $500 to $1,500. Eligible organizations must be certified 501(c)(3) and have an annual budget of $350,000 or less.

For additional information or to receive an application by mail, organizations should contact their local Wells Fargo store.

The Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund was started in 1993. It has made more than 3,000 grants totaling more than $3 million.

Goodwill, Dell launch computer recycling program

Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs is partnering with Dell as part of its Reconnect program, which provides an easy, safe and responsible way for the public to recycle used computer equipment.

Donors can drop off any brand of used computer equipment and all accessories, in any condition, at Goodwill’s retail centers or attended donation trailers. The proceeds from donated computers will be returned to Goodwill to support its mission of helping people become independent.

The program is free and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

For more information, call 635-GIVE or visit www.goodwill-colosprings.com or www.reconnectpartnership.com.

Downtown Review Board needs volunteers

The City of Colorado Springs has openings on the Downtown Review Board.
Members meet monthly to review downtown development applications using the Downtown Colorado Springs Form-Based Code regulating plan.
The board is composed of nine members appointed by City Council:
 One Shooks Run or Mill Street Neighborhood Association board member
 One Downtown Partnership board member
 One Downtown Development Authority board member
 One planning commissioner
 Two property owners within the downtown form-based zone district
 Three members at large
For more information, call 385-5453.

ARC loans now available

The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting applications for America’s Recovery Capital loans.
ARC loans of up to $35,000 can be used for payments of principal and interest for existing, qualifying small business debt, including mortgages, term and revolving lines of credit, capital leases, credit card obligations and notes payable to vendors, suppliers and utilities.
ARC loans are 100 percent guaranteed by the SBA and have no SBA fees. The SBA will pay the interest on ARC loans to the lenders at the variable rate of prime plus 2 percent.
Repayment will not begin until 12 months after the final disbursement. After the 12-month deferral period, borrowers will pay back the loan principal over five years.
For more information, visit www.sba.gov.

PPRTA needs at-large member

The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority Board of Directors is seeking a volunteer to serve as an at-large representative for its Citizen Advisory Committee.
The committee provides recommendations to the PPRTA board of directors concerning budgets, contracts and project implementation. Members must live in Colorado Springs, unincorporated El Paso County, Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls or Ramah, and must be able to attend monthly meetings at 1:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.
The deadline to apply is June 22.
For more information, visit www.ppacg.org.

Registration open for 2009 State Games of America

Colorado Springs and The Sports Corp. will host America’s largest national multi-sport festival for amateur athletes of all ages and skill levels from July 30 to Aug. 2.
Registration for the 2009 State Games of America can be completed at www.stategames.org. All residents of Colorado are eligible to compete, and medal winners from all other State Games are eligible to participate.
Athletes will compete in 31 sports at 22 venues. New to the program this year are the BMX and rock-climbing disciplines.
During 2007, the State Games of America generated more than $11 million in economic impact for the city.

DOW seeking habitat proposals

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is accepting proposals from landowners interested in wildlife habitat conservation and in providing wildlife-related recreational access to their properties.
Through DOW’s Wildlife Habitat Protection Program, up to $15 million is available this year for conservation easements or fee title purchases.
The deadline for submitting a proposal is 5 p.m. June 30.
Proposals should address one or more of the following priorities: winter range for big game; migration corridors for big game; access for hunting and/or fishing opportunities; habitat for threatened or endangered species or species of concern; and wetlands and riparian corridors.
For more information, visit http://wildlife.state.co.us.

Wildland-Urban Interface grants

The Colorado State Forest Service is accepting applications for the 2010 Wildland-Urban Interface Competitive Grant Program.
Money is available to homeowners’ associations, subdivisions, fire departments, fire protection districts, counties and others to implement projects that help mitigate wildfire hazards in the wildland-urban interface.
The grants can be used to pay for hazardous fuels reduction, education and planning. Projects affiliated with established Community Wildfire Protection Plans will receive priority, and all grants require a one-to-one match.
Applications must be submitted to the Colorado State Forest Service by Aug. 20. For more information, visit www.csfs.colostate.edu.

Auctioneers join forces

L.T. Deaton Auction Group and Schur Success Auction Services have merged.
The new company, Schur Success Realty & Auctions, will focus on residential and commercial real estate auctions.

Cigarette tax starts July 1

Beginning July 1, retailers will charge state sales tax of 2.9 percent on all retail sales of cigarettes. Cigarettes are still exempt from city, county and special district sales tax.
Businesses will be required to account for state sales tax on cigarettes on the “Colorado Retail Sales Tax Return” (DR 0100). Changes will be made to the DR 0100 Part A Deductions and Part B Exemptions worksheets so that businesses can include the state sales tax on cigarettes in the calculations.
The tax must be reported and remitted to the Colorado Department of Revenue starting with the July monthly return, due Aug. 20, or for quarterly filers, the third quarter return due Oct. 20.
For more information, visit www.TaxColorado.com.

State makes off-highway trail grants

The Colorado State Parks Off-Highway Vehicle Trail Program has awarded $3.1 million in grants to build, maintain, plan and support volunteer programs for motorized trails throughout the state during 2009.
The grants were funded by the sale of off-highway vehicle registrations.
Recipients included 18 projects for trail crews on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management acreage. Those projects, which received $1.44 million, are for trail maintenance, sign installation, bridge building, reroute construction, trail head improvement, and making public contacts that will help protect and enhance natural resources.
The Statewide Trail Crew received $130,000 that will be used at 14 projects on Forest Service, BLM and state park trail systems. The crew clears and maintains more than 1,000 miles of trails annually.
For a complete list of grants, visit www.parks.state.co.us/OHVsandSnowmobiles/OHVProgram.