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Small businesses eligible for SBA drought loans

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Small, nonfarm businesses in 43 Colorado counties, including El Paso and Teller counties, are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration. “These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought that began on Nov. 1, 2012, in the following primary counties,” said Alfred E. Judd, director… Continue Reading Small businesses eligible for SBA drought loans

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Businesses across the country have received their official Economic Census form in the mail. Owners have until Feb. 12 to respond. The Economic Census is the U.S. Government’s official five-year measure of American business and the economy. Forms went out to nearly 4 million businesses, including large, medium and small companies representing all U.S. locations… Continue Reading Economic Census forms sent to 4 million businesses

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A coalition of local business, community leaders and elected officials are trying to secure a $19.8 million appropriation to federal legislation that provides disaster assistance related to Hurricane Sandy and Fort Collins High Park fire. They say the money is sorely needed to aid with lingering Waldo Canyon fire recovery efforts. Organizations included in the local effort include the Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Springs lobbying for $20 million under Hurricane Sandy federal relief package

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Every four years, the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration holds a public meeting in Colorado Springs to review federal transportation certification review. This year, the meeting is slated for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, 15 S. Seventh Street. The two groups will jointly… Continue Reading Federal transportation authorities hold Springs public hearing

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ACLU subpoenas mayor, councilor and police chief

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The Mayor’s Counsel meeting and press conference originally scheduled for Thursday Dec. 13 have both been canceled, due to the ongoing lawsuit against the city’s no-solicitation ordinance. The American Civil Liberties Union has subpoenaed Mayor Steve Bach, Councilor Merv Bennett and Police Chief Pete Carey to testify in the federal trial in Denver Thursday morning.… Continue Reading ACLU subpoenas mayor, councilor and police chief

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The impending fiscal cliff, with an 8.3 percent cut in park budgets, could result in the termination of thousands of park workers and force other national parks to shut down, says the Coalition of National Park Retirees. But that’s not all. In addition, campgrounds, visitors centers, educational programs would end. Maintenance and repair for buildings,… Continue Reading National parks closures, layoffs possible fiscal cliff casualties

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Colorado has received a $2.9 million grant from the federal government’s “Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge.” The money will be used during the next four years to accelerate the state’s plan to improve school readiness. The money will increase access to high-quality early learning programs and help develop the capacity of those people,… Continue Reading Colorado receives $29.9 million ‘Race to Top’ grant

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Most people believe that the future of Medicare and Social Security should be addressed in a separate debate – and not be part of any end-of-year deal addressing the nation’s budget deficit. In a survey after the 2012 election fielded by the AARP, 70 percent of Americans and 92 percent of older Americans said it… Continue Reading AARP: Don’t rush changes to Medicare, Social Security

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Three union giants launch Colorado ad campaign

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Three union giants are launching an ad blitz aimed at urging Congress to avert the “fiscal cliff.” The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union are launching a joint, six-figure ad buy that will air in Colorado and four other states. The groups say the… Continue Reading Three union giants launch Colorado ad campaign

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El Paso County voters returned nearly all incumbents to their positions, voted to remove extra terms for commissioners and gave both the sheriff and the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority the tax money they asked for in years to come. They also gave the county two Democratic members of the state House, with Pete Lee… Continue Reading Local voters pass taxes for sheriff, PPRTA, retain commissioners

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