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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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New Small Business Resource Guide available

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The 2008-09 Colorado Small Business Resource Guide is now available. The guide includes key information such as a checklist for starting a business, legal structure and registration requirements, property and sales tax mandates, bookkeeping guidance, and financing options. It is the official source referenced by Colorado governmental offices in support of emerging or established small… Continue Reading New Small Business Resource Guide available

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Higher education in Colorado accounts for $4.25 billion in wages and salaries, according to a study released yesterday [630Kb pdf] by the Adams Group. The analysis counted 57,675 people working in higher education in Colorado, with another 39,888 indirect or induced jobs. The $4.25 billion figure comes from the assumption that the jobs pay the… Continue Reading State’s higher education creates $4 billion in wages and salaries

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Representatives from the El Paso County Environmental Services Department attended a public meeting in Denver last night to recommend removing the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Species in El Paso County. The move comes after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Nov. 1 that the Preble’s… Continue Reading El Paso County wants Preble’s mouse taken off endangered list

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November unemployment rate holds steady

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The nation’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.7 percent during November as employers continued to hire at a moderate pace, according to a Labor Department report released late last week. Employers added a net 94,000 jobs to their payrolls during November, down from an unexpected gain of 170,000 jobs during October. The jobless rate has… Continue Reading November unemployment rate holds steady

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