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A bill that would dismantle the state’s 133-year-old business personal property tax passed the Senate this morning and was promptly assigned to the Senate Appropriations Committee – a move that many supporters believe to be a death knell for the bill. Senate Bill 85, sponsored by Parker Republican Sen. Mark Scheffel would phase out the… Continue Reading Business Personal Property Tax bill sent to Appropriations

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Aside from making people sick, the Swine Flu scare could lessen business productivity, drain the local health department’s emergency fund and cut the legs out from under an already crippled U.S. economy. Even though the flu scare is in its infancy with 40 people sickened, according to the Centers for Disease Control, it hasn’t stopped… Continue Reading Swine Flu a scary prospect for the economy

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GM to scrap Pontiac, cut 21,000 jobs

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DETROIT (AP) – General Motors Corp. could be majority owned by the federal government and the United Auto Workers under a massive restructuring plan laid out Monday that will cut 21,000 U.S. factory jobs by next year and phase out the storied Pontiac brand.The plan, which includes an offer to swap roughly $27 billion in… Continue Reading GM to scrap Pontiac, cut 21,000 jobs

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Last week something happened in Monument that hasn’t happened in nearly 40 years – a hotel opened its doors. The 85-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Monument opened April 23. It’s the town’s first new hotel in more than 36 years.  And, so far response has surpassed investors’ expectations “The month of May… Continue Reading New hotel opened in Monument

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Dan Cleveland, the long time executive director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition, will retire May 15. Cleveland, who held the position for 15 years, started the job overseeing the Pikes Peak Area Trails Coalition which has expanded to include open space, on-street bicycling and rural land preservation. Cleveland’s retirement will be his “second… Continue Reading TOPS ‘father’ of open space projects retiring

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The 81611 ZIP code, which is the south end of Aspen, is the most expensive neighborhood in the country, boasting a $6.5-million median home sale price, according to the Forbes luxury home index, a list of the 500 priciest ZIP codes in America. Snowmass, 81654, and Snowmass Village , 81615, and aren’t far behind, landing… Continue Reading The most expensive neighborhood in the nation: Aspen

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Chipotle earnings rise 47 percent

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A slumping economy apparently can’t stop people from buying burritos. Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill’s first quarter earnings rose 47 percent to $25.4 million compared to $17.3 million a year ago. Chipotle said the 16 percent higher revenue figure was due both to 26 new restaurants opening in the quarter, bringing the total to more than… Continue Reading Chipotle earnings rise 47 percent

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County is tops in state for motorcycle deaths

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More motorcyclists died in El Paso County than anywhere else in the state. Fifteen people died in motorcycle crashes in the county last year, while overall the state’s fatalities reached a record high of 98 during 2008, up from 90 during 2007. Statewide, motorcycle deaths represented 18 percent of the 548 traffic deaths in 2008,… Continue Reading County is tops in state for motorcycle deaths

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On April 21, Manitou Springs City Council approved an ordinance to start charging to park in the lot at the base of Barr Trail. Just how much it will cost to park in the lot is uncertain. The issue must go before the city’s parking board, which will set rates. City Planner Michelle Anthony said… Continue Reading Barr Trail parking not free for long

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People on the Move – April 24, 2009

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Carol Chiarito has been named New Associate of the Year by New England Financial of Colorado Springs. She qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table during 2008 and has worked in the financial services industry since 2004. Peter Horwitch has achieved membership in the insurance industry’s Million Dollar Round Table and has earned MetLife’s Leaders… Continue Reading People on the Move – April 24, 2009

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