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County approves plan for downtown hotel near Bijou and Spruce

El Paso County Commissioners gave conditional approval today to a deal to sell two former county buildings at 25 and 105 N. Spruce St. to a family who wants to build a 100-room hotel on the site. Under the deal, the Jarosz Family Partnership, which already owns the Clarion hotel about a block to the… Continue Reading County approves plan for downtown hotel near Bijou and Spruce

To help develop and promote the state’s specialty crops, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is seeking proposals for the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruits and nursery crops including floriculture and sod. “Specialty crops are an important part of Colorado’s agriculture industry,” said Tom Lipetzky, CDA’s… Continue Reading Grants for specialty crops available through USDA

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Colorado in line for patent office

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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,… Continue Reading Colorado in line for patent office

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Wind industry working to protect plants, animals

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Conservation groups and Colorado wind industries are working on a partnership to protect animals and plants as the energy industry continues to grow. Over the past three years, five environmental groups and 10 wind developers formed the Colorado Renewable & Conservation Collaborative to iron out their differences. The industry wants predictability and the environmentalists want… Continue Reading Wind industry working to protect plants, animals

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Federal budget deficit to dip to $1.1T, CBO says

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A new budget report released Tuesday predicts the government will run a $1.1 trillion deficit in the fiscal year that ends in September, a slight dip from last year but still very high by any measure. The Congressional Budget Office report also says that annual deficits will remain in the $1 trillion range for the… Continue Reading Federal budget deficit to dip to $1.1T, CBO says

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Workers’ moods are grim, survey says

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Most employees say their job is unrewarding and saps their energy, according to a new survey by a talent and career management service. Only one employee in five considers their job rewarding and gratifying, said the survey by Right Management, a subsidiary of ManpowerGroup. The survey was conducted in December and January and 438 North… Continue Reading Workers’ moods are grim, survey says

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UCH, PVHS finalize joint partnership

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Poudre Valley Health System and the University of Colorado Hospital have finalized a joint operating agreement that creates a new health system. Called University of Colorado Health, the partnership will also include Memorial Health System in Colorado Springs, once details of a lease agreement are ironed out and voters decide on the effort at some… Continue Reading UCH, PVHS finalize joint partnership

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For decades, several Japanese automakers met in secret, spoke in code and agreed to fix prices on components critical to building new cars, reports the Los Angeles Times. The global conspiracy stretched from factories in the United States to high-rise executive suites in Tokyo and Europe – and went unnoticed for decades. On Monday, the… Continue Reading Japanese automakers confess to price-fixing scheme

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President Barack Obama wants to speed up tourist visas for shoppers from China and Brazil – and its a move many retailers are in favor of, reports Bloomberg. Doing so would produce an immediate boost in sales, analysts say. Obama signed an executive order earlier this month with orders that the Department of Homeland Security… Continue Reading Foreign shoppers could add $860 billion to U.S. economy

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Home prices fall in November

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The average price of U.S. single family homes dropped in November, the New York Times reports. The Standard & Poor’s/Case Schiller study found that prices fell more than expected, by about .7 percent. Analysts had expected a drop of .5 percent. The trend doesn’t show any sign of reversing, according to analysts. Read more at… Continue Reading Home prices fall in November

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