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Residents interested in improved, coordinated specialized transportation services for older adults and those with disabilities or low incomes have until Aug.14 to make their opinions heard. The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments is seeking comment about a proposed amendment to its coordination plan. The multi-jurisdictional organization, which includes 15 municipal and county governments, also has requested input about the funding requests… Continue Reading Input sought for transportation plan

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Greeley a hot (affordable) spot for relocating retirees The Northern Colorado Business Report is reporting that Greeley is among eight affordable cities for relocating retirees, according to the September/October issue of Where to Retire magazine. Other cities featured are Chattanooga, Tenn.; Fort Myers, Fla.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; Spokane, Wash.; Lancaster, Pa.; Salem, Ore. and Chico, Calif.… Continue Reading Regional Business News

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Tax extension deadline change

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The Internal Revenue Service has moved up the tax extension deadline for partnerships, trusts and estates from Oct. 15 to Sept. 15, beginning with 2008 tax returns. Partnership returns are due April 15, but extensions historically were due six months later. “This will give tax preparers and individuals time to prepare their returns,” said Bernard… Continue Reading Tax extension deadline change

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Consumer credit compliance examinations performed by the state Office of the Attorney General yielded more than $1.8 million in refunds to more than 13,000 Coloradoans during the 2008-09 fiscal year. The refunds resulted from violations of the state’s consumer lending law, the Uniform Consumer Credit Code. The law sets maximum rates on interest and finance… Continue Reading AG’s office nets $1.8 million in consumer refunds

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To ensure a more sustainable funding structure, the City of Colorado Springs should consider implementing new taxes and fees, extending or increasing existing taxes and fees, reducing existing tax exemptions, and augment or modify the way it provides services. Continue Reading SFC recommends higher taxes, fees

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Memorial loses neurosurgical doctors

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Colorado Springs Neurological Associates has ended its contract with Memorial Health System, leaving the city-owned hospital with only one pediatric neurosurgeon.

Despite the exodus, Memorial will maintain its Level II trauma center designation, said spokesman Chris Valentine.

The system is “pursing comprehensive neurosurgical coverage,” and views the change as “an opportunity for Memorial to further the program’s impact and community benefit,” he said.
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Crowley: El Paso County recession over

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New economic data suggests that El Paso County is pulling out of the recession. Jobs, housing numbers, car sales and the return of Fort Carson soldiers are some of the economic indicators that point to an emerging economy, said University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Senior Economist Fred Crowley. Real wages are expected to increase for… Continue Reading Crowley: El Paso County recession over

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The American Medical Association supports the federal health care reform bill, House Bill 3200, but it acknowledges that there is still work to be done. “As physicians, we all want to make sure we are caring for patients,” said Dr. James Rohack, president of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. “We want to… Continue Reading AMA meets with Colorado doctors to push for reform

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El Paso County Administrator Jeff Greene has been named “National County Leader of the Year” for 2009 by the National Association of Counties. “From reorganizing all departments to working through huge deficits to balance the budget, County Administrator Jeff Greene has spent the last year moving El Paso County, Colorado through troubled times,” according to… Continue Reading Greene named ‘National County Leader of the Year’

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Small local companies win military projects

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Two local companies have won multiple Air Force contracts based on funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

APM Construction has received a $182,554 and a $26,694 federal contract from the U.S. Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base to build an aircraft system and a series of speed tables.

TDF Construction received an $85,850 contract to build a dorm support facility, a $194,000 contract to relocate a transformer activities center area and a $434,700 contract to repair the HVAC system in an administrative building.

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