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One fish, two fish, green fish, threw fish

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The Australian Tunarama competition to see who can throw a frozen tuna the farthest will be missing something next year — the fish. In an effort to further the country’s “green” environmental policies, Tunarama officials said they have stopped using real fish, because for one, it was a waste of perfectly good fish, and a… Continue Reading One fish, two fish, green fish, threw fish

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Retail sales surge, unemployment down

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Retail sales surged by 1.2 percent last month, almost two times the increase that analysts had predicted, to reach the largest gain in six months, according to a Commerce Department report released today. The surge comes after a 0.2 percent rise in retail sales during October. Nearly half of the November increase came from a… Continue Reading Retail sales surge, unemployment down

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Census forms arrive next week

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Next week more than 4 million American businesses will receive 2007 Economic Census forms. The economic census is conducted every five years. Business.census.gov lists information about the census, and provides statistics to use to assess and grow business operations. This week, “Industry Snapshots” graphics for more than 1,000 industries were added to the site.

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Sales and Use Tax 101

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The City of Colorado Springs will offer a free two-hour class entitled “Introduction to Sales & Use Tax” from 9 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 9 in at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave. The class will offer information about taxes owed when purchasing equipment, computing taxes owed, licensing and reporting requirements and… Continue Reading Sales and Use Tax 101

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The Board of County Commissioners entered into a due diligence agreement with Craddock-Walden Investments, LLC to grant a conservation easement for 73.188 acres of undeveloped land located near Interstate 25 and State Highway 16 in southern El Paso County. The conservation easement will preserve the land for outdoor recreation and open space, while maintaining a… Continue Reading El Paso County receives 73.188 acres as conservation easement

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Farm income strong in 3Q

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U.S. farm income surged during the third quarter of this year, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s third quarter Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions. The survey covers Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, northern New Mexico and western Missouri. Strong crop prices and a bountiful fall harvest are reasons for the healthy quarter,… Continue Reading Farm income strong in 3Q

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Retailers readying for converter coupon program

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Eight of the largest consumer electronics retailers have been certified to participate in the TV Converter Box Coupon Program. The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration said Best Buy, Circuit City, Kmart, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Sears, Target and Wal-Mart have approved for the program. The converter boxes are necessary for consumers who wish to… Continue Reading Retailers readying for converter coupon program

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Workshop to offer Middle East export tips

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Colorado exports to the Middle East have doubled during the past year, and state officials say the region offers a diverse market for U.S. products. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and the World Trade Center in Denver are sponsoring a workshop on how to increase exports to the Persian Gulf region. Nancy Charles Parker… Continue Reading Workshop to offer Middle East export tips

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SEC creates faster access to capital markets

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The Securities and Exchange Commission approved changes yesterday that are expected to give smaller companies faster and easier access to capital. The commission adopted amendments to the eligibility requirements of Form S-3 and Form F-3 of the Securities Act. The amendments will allow companies that do not meet public float requirements of the forms to… Continue Reading SEC creates faster access to capital markets

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El Paso County Public Trustee resigns

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El Paso County Public Trustee Patricia Thompson has resigned. Deputy Public Trustee Wendy Habert said she could not discuss the resignation, and phone calls to Thompson’s home were not immediately returned. Habert said Adams County Public Trustee Carol Snyder will serve as interim trustee until a permanent replacement is found. Thompson was appointed by Gov.… Continue Reading El Paso County Public Trustee resigns

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