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Selling recalled toys online a no no

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Online auction Web site eBay is giving the boot to sellers looking to pawn off recalled toy items. The company sent notices to sellers this week warning that they could be kicked off the Web site and may have to forfeit their fees. A warning to buyers was also posted on eBay. The warnings come… Continue Reading Selling recalled toys online a no no

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Mortgage sector to blame for job cuts

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About 37 percent of September job cuts were connected to the housing industry, which continues to slump, according to consulting firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas. Housing-related layoffs totaled 26,465 during September, while overall layoffs for the month totaled 71,739. The consulting firm considers mortgage lenders, construction companies and real estate firms the industries that make… Continue Reading Mortgage sector to blame for job cuts

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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Colorado prairie dogs have become controversial figures in the last decade. During the 1990s, environmental groups said sprawling development was to blame for a supposed decline of the prairie dog population. The groups petitioned the federal government to declare black-tailed prairie dogs as an endangered species. But results of a… Continue Reading Prairie dogs thriving in Colorado

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Yes, the Bijou Street bridge is open

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Despite what a number of detour signs around the downtown area say, the Bijou Street bridge is open. The bridge opened this week, but construction crews have not yet gotten to the task of removing old detour signs, said Colorado Springs Metro Interstate Expansion program spokesman Kyle Troxel. The signs should be removed by the… Continue Reading Yes, the Bijou Street bridge is open

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City officials have awarded the reconstruction contract for the Cimarron Street bridge to Lawrence Construction, which is also working on the Austin Bluffs Parkway and Union Boulevard overpass. The Cimarron Bridge replacement project is estimated to cost $6.5 million. Work is expected to begin sometime this month – on the heels of the opening of… Continue Reading Cimarron contract goes to Lawrence Construction

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Road construction at Austin Bluffs and Union

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Overpass construction at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Union Boulevard is expected to cause some overnight traffic interruption. Crews will close lanes on Union Boulevard overnight on Oct. 3 to remove portions of the median. From 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. north and southbound Union Boulevard will be reduced to one lane. Also, the left lanes… Continue Reading Road construction at Austin Bluffs and Union

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Commercial loans on the rise

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The Research Institute for American Housing reported last week that commercial and multifamily outstanding loans grew to more than $3.1 trillion nationwide. The $3.121 trillion in commercial/multifamily mortgage debt recorded by the Federal Reserve was an increase of $103.8 billion from the first quarter 2007. Multifamily mortgage debt grew to $778 billion, an increase of… Continue Reading Commercial loans on the rise

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Contract way south of border

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Aleut Global Solutions, formerly TekStar, Inc., of Colorado Springs has been awarded a $6.5 million cost-plus-award-fee contract for continued maintenance services at the U.S. Naval Activity base in Puerto Rico. The work will include preparation for base closure. The estimated contract amount after exercise of this option will be $62.9 million. Work will be performed… Continue Reading Contract way south of border

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Online job advertisements increased 4 percent during September, according to analysis from The Conference Board [120Kb pdf]. There were 278 advertised vacancies online for every 100 people in the labor force during the month. Online job demand during September continued to be above last year’s level in eight of the nine census regions, but there… Continue Reading Online job ads grow, especially in West

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Workers needed in Pueblo

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Bechtel Corporation is handling the clean-up of the Pueblo Army Depot and preparing to build a new plant off Highway 50 in Pueblo. While the project has moved through site preparation, road improvements and initial utility work, finding workers to fill an increasing number of open manual and non-manual positions in Pueblo is causing concern.… Continue Reading Workers needed in Pueblo

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