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2006 New hospitals, high costs, no nurses

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Health care — its costs and its availability — led the news in 2006, as the number of health savings accounts grew, groups explored universal health care and hospitals prepared for a possible pandemic or other natural disaster.
The nursing shortage was again in the news, as both Memorial Health System and Penrose-St. Francis began construction of new hospitals. Woodland Park is also building a new hospital, with all three competing for staff. Continue Reading 2006 New hospitals, high costs, no nurses

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2006 Nanotechnology, flex fuel lead advances

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Nanotechnology and alternative energy sources fueled the Colorado technology environment in 2006. Alliances were formed with other cities to recruit high-tech companies, and an international partnership will create technological breakthroughs at Atmel and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Continue Reading 2006 Nanotechnology, flex fuel lead advances

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So you have a “techie” on your gift list and you don’t know a gigabyte from Bluetooth. Colorado Springs tech experts are here to help, with suggestions for last-minute gifts which should please just about everyone’s inner geek.
Trevor Dierdorff, owner of Amnet, said that high-tech presents don’t have to be about computers — satellite radio, Global Positioning Systems and MP3 players top the Amnet holiday list. Portability in high-tech gadgets seems to be the key to the most popular and the most recommended items. Continue Reading Plenty of holiday gifts available for the tech-savvy set

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County renews contracts for human services work

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Five local programs that help the disadvantaged have received contract renewals for 2007 from the El Paso County Board of Commissioners. Funding for the Department of Human Services programs was provided through federal, state and country resources.
The Women’s Resource Agency Inc. was awarded $30,000 for its Transitions Self-Sufficiency Program. The program helps low-income and TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) participants with personal and professional development services so they can reach and maintain self-sufficiency. Continue Reading County renews contracts for human services work

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Affordable care, mental health top concerns

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Lack of access to dentists, mental health service and affordable health insurance top the list of issues facing El Paso County residents.
The news comes from a report issued by the Colorado Health Foundation, which awards grants to state health care providers. Continue Reading Affordable care, mental health top concerns

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The Downtown Partnership says the added police patrols it is paying for are making people feel safer, but homeless advocates say the money being spent should be used to find a permanent solution.
The Business Improvement District and the Downtown Partnership set aside $137,000 to hire off-duty police officers to address problems they claim are caused by the street population. Continue Reading Additional patrols have downtown ‘feeling’ safer

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Colorado inches higher in national health ratings

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United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention have ranked Colorado 16th among states with the healthiest population.
The state ranked 17th last year. Continue Reading Colorado inches higher in national health ratings

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Self-serve HR programs fast becoming the norm

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Human resource departments are rapidly embracing technology systems to deliver services more efficiently and to improve the management of other programs, according to a study of major corporations in several industries.
Sixty-one percent of human resource managers reported a reduction in workload — some as high as 50 percent — as a result of employee self-service systems, which free them to focus on more strategic initiatives. The systems allow employees to sign up for benefits, change their benefit plans or write evaluations via a computer. Continue Reading Self-serve HR programs fast becoming the norm

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Rocky Mountain states facing energy challenges

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Exploring energy issues in the Rockies is the topic of a four-part lecture series that will mark the beginning of Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Conference.
The college, which sponsors the four-day meeting each April, is expanding the program this year to include lectures about energy exploration in the Rocky Mountain states. The first lecture in the “Energizing the Rockies: Energy Challenges in Global, National and Regional Perspectives” series is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 13. Continue Reading Rocky Mountain states facing energy challenges

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Coloradoans say that improving the health, education and well-being of children are the most important issues facing the federal and state government, according to a poll of registered voters commissioned by the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Colorado Medical Society. Continue Reading Children’s health care top priority among voters

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