<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:00:08 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches]]> http://gazette.com/ny-farmers-lament-lost-opportunity-for-gas-riches/article/feed/189972?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ny-farmers-lament-lost-opportunity-for-gas-riches/article/feed/189972?custom_click=rss

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams.

"I'm devastated," Johnson said after Gov. Andrew Cuomo's health and environmental commissioners announced Wednesday that they were recommending a fracking ban. "I have concerns about how to continue this farm that's been in the family for 150 years."

Energy companies denied the chance to drill in New York can simply raise their rigs in other states. That's what they've done since the Marcellus Shale gas drilling boom began in 2008 and New York launched an environmental review that effectively put a moratorium in place.

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]]> ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams.

"I'm devastated," Johnson said after Gov. Andrew Cuomo's health and environmental commissioners announced Wednesday that they were recommending a fracking ban. "I have concerns about how to continue this farm that's been in the family for 150 years."

Energy companies denied the chance to drill in New York can simply raise their rigs in other states. That's what they've done since the Marcellus Shale gas drilling boom began in 2008 and New York launched an environmental review that effectively put a moratorium in place.]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:45:41 -0700 <![CDATA['Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut]]> http://gazette.com/hobbit-goes-out-on-top-with-90.6-million-5-day-debut/article/feed/189991?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hobbit-goes-out-on-top-with-90.6-million-5-day-debut/article/feed/189991?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell.

Peter Jackson's final installment of his six J.R.R. Tolkien adventures, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," debuted with $56.2 million over the weekend and $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday. For an industry reeling from the cancellation of "The Interview" and terrorist threats against moviegoers, Middle-earth provided reliable refuge.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell.

Peter Jackson's final installment of his six J.R.R. Tolkien adventures, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," debuted with $56.2 million over the weekend and $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday. For an industry reeling from the cancellation of "The Interview" and terrorist threats against moviegoers, Middle-earth provided reliable refuge.]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:45:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Oneida Indians plan new 'Oz'-themed NY casino]]> http://gazette.com/oneida-indians-plan-new-oz-themed-ny-casino/article/feed/190016?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oneida-indians-plan-new-oz-themed-ny-casino/article/feed/190016?custom_click=rss CHITTENANGO, N.Y. (AP) — The Oneida Indian Nation plans to open a $20 million casino with a "Wizard of Oz" theme in the village where author L. Frank Baum was born, the Oneidas confirmed Sunday.

Ray Halbritter, chief executive officer of the Oneida Nation, said in a news release that the 67,000-square-foot casino will open in the spring in Chittenango, 14 miles east of Syracuse. The plans, first reported by the Syracuse Post-Standard (http://bit.ly/1wSda3w ), call for renovating a vacant building in a shopping plaza.

The Oneidas announced plans for the Yellow Brick Road Casino four days after a state panel recommended licensing three non-Indian casinos, including a $425 million casino and hotel 42 miles west of Syracuse in

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]]> CHITTENANGO, N.Y. (AP) — The Oneida Indian Nation plans to open a $20 million casino with a "Wizard of Oz" theme in the village where author L. Frank Baum was born, the Oneidas confirmed Sunday.

Ray Halbritter, chief executive officer of the Oneida Nation, said in a news release that the 67,000-square-foot casino will open in the spring in Chittenango, 14 miles east of Syracuse. The plans, first reported by the Syracuse Post-Standard (http://bit.ly/1wSda3w ), call for renovating a vacant building in a shopping plaza.

The Oneidas announced plans for the Yellow Brick Road Casino four days after a state panel recommended licensing three non-Indian casinos, including a $425 million casino and hotel 42 miles west of Syracuse in ]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:15:36 -0700 <![CDATA[US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles]]> http://gazette.com/us-companies-eager-to-embrace-cuba-face-hurdles/article/feed/189966?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-companies-eager-to-embrace-cuba-face-hurdles/article/feed/189966?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.

And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet parts.

American businesses have begun imagining ways to capitalize on last week's announcement that the United States will restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and ease curbs on trade with one of the last surviving Communist regimes.

Their more ambitious plans would require that Congress lift the U.S. embargo on most exports to Cuba. Given sharp resistance from some in Congress, that might not happen soon. But many analysts think Congress w

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.

And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet parts.

American businesses have begun imagining ways to capitalize on last week's announcement that the United States will restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and ease curbs on trade with one of the last surviving Communist regimes.

Their more ambitious plans would require that Congress lift the U.S. embargo on most exports to Cuba. Given sharp resistance from some in Congress, that might not happen soon. But many analysts think Congress w]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:45:54 -0700 <![CDATA[US coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths]]> http://gazette.com/us-coal-mines-nearing-record-low-in-worker-deaths/article/feed/189977?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-coal-mines-nearing-record-low-in-worker-deaths/article/feed/189977?custom_click=rss

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths.

Federal mine safety officials credit changes they've made since the Upper Big Branch disaster in April 2010. They point to their more aggressive use of team inspections at problem sites and other measures, which they say have fostered more responsible behavior below ground.

"I do think we're seeing a cultural change in the mining industry that's for the better," Assistant Labor Secretary Joseph Main, who heads the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, told The Associated Press.

Main too

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]]> LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths.

Federal mine safety officials credit changes they've made since the Upper Big Branch disaster in April 2010. They point to their more aggressive use of team inspections at problem sites and other measures, which they say have fostered more responsible behavior below ground.

"I do think we're seeing a cultural change in the mining industry that's for the better," Assistant Labor Secretary Joseph Main, who heads the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, told The Associated Press.

Main too]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:45:36 -0700 <![CDATA[In latest TV spat, Fox News blocked from Dish Network]]> http://gazette.com/in-latest-tv-spat-fox-news-blocked-from-dish-network/article/feed/190002?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-latest-tv-spat-fox-news-blocked-from-dish-network/article/feed/190002?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels were taken down as part of contract negotiations.

The Fox blackout is just the latest skirmish as cable and satellite TV providers fight with networks over subscription fees. Dish Network just settled disputes that led to the temporary blackout of some local CBS stations and a separate blackout related to Turner Broadcasting channels — including Cartoon Network, CNN, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies.

Dish has more than 14 million satellite TV customers. Fox is urging viewers with emails and tweets to switch to another TV provider.

Both sides in the latest spat are blaming each ot

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels were taken down as part of contract negotiations.

The Fox blackout is just the latest skirmish as cable and satellite TV providers fight with networks over subscription fees. Dish Network just settled disputes that led to the temporary blackout of some local CBS stations and a separate blackout related to Turner Broadcasting channels — including Cartoon Network, CNN, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies.

Dish has more than 14 million satellite TV customers. Fox is urging viewers with emails and tweets to switch to another TV provider.

Both sides in the latest spat are blaming each ot]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:00:52 -0700 <![CDATA[California puzzles over safety of driverless cars]]> http://gazette.com/california-puzzles-over-safety-of-driverless-cars/article/feed/189962?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-puzzles-over-safety-of-driverless-cars/article/feed/189962?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.

It's a rare case of the law getting ahead of an emerging technology and reflects regulators' struggle to balance consumer protection with innovation.

Safety is a chief selling point, since self-driving cars — thanks to an array of sensors — promise to have much greater road awareness and quicker reaction time than people. Plus, they won't text, drink or doze off.

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.

It's a rare case of the law getting ahead of an emerging technology and reflects regulators' struggle to balance consumer protection with innovation.

Safety is a chief selling point, since self-driving cars — thanks to an array of sensors — promise to have much greater road awareness and quicker reaction time than people. Plus, they won't text, drink or doze off.]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:16:52 -0700 <![CDATA[Survey: US gas prices fall 25 cents per gallon]]> http://gazette.com/survey-us-gas-prices-fall-25-cents-per-gallon/article/feed/190000?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/survey-us-gas-prices-fall-25-cents-per-gallon/article/feed/190000?custom_click=rss CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped another 25 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, to $2.47.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that prices will likely keep falling.

Lundberg says the average price of regular gasoline is the lowest it's been in more than five years.

She says lower crude oil prices are driving prices down, along with an abundant oil supply and the rising value of the U.S. dollar.

The highest-priced gas in the Lower 48 states was found in Long Island, New York, at $2.82 a gallon. The lowest was in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at $2.06 a gallon.

California's lowest average was in Sacramento, at $2.58 a gallon.

The average price for midgr

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]]> CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped another 25 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, to $2.47.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that prices will likely keep falling.

Lundberg says the average price of regular gasoline is the lowest it's been in more than five years.

She says lower crude oil prices are driving prices down, along with an abundant oil supply and the rising value of the U.S. dollar.

The highest-priced gas in the Lower 48 states was found in Long Island, New York, at $2.82 a gallon. The lowest was in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at $2.06 a gallon.

California's lowest average was in Sacramento, at $2.58 a gallon.

The average price for midgr]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:16:46 -0700 <![CDATA[National coal mining deaths]]> http://gazette.com/national-coal-mining-deaths/article/feed/189976?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/national-coal-mining-deaths/article/feed/189976?custom_click=rss LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — National coal mining deaths dropped by more than half the year after the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia, from 48 to 21, and there were 20 each in 2012 and 2013, and a record low of 15 so far in 2014. The U.S. averaged about 30 coal mining deaths a year in the five years before Upper Big Branch. Injuries in coal mines have been on the decline each year since 2007, when there were 4.2 incidents per 200,000 hours worked. Last year the rate was 3.1.

Inspectors issued 63,493 citations or orders in coal mines last year, a 34 percent drop from 2010, when 96,390 were written. U.S.

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]]> LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — National coal mining deaths dropped by more than half the year after the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia, from 48 to 21, and there were 20 each in 2012 and 2013, and a record low of 15 so far in 2014. The U.S. averaged about 30 coal mining deaths a year in the five years before Upper Big Branch. Injuries in coal mines have been on the decline each year since 2007, when there were 4.2 incidents per 200,000 hours worked. Last year the rate was 3.1.

Inspectors issued 63,493 citations or orders in coal mines last year, a 34 percent drop from 2010, when 96,390 were written. U.S.]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:00:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Canadian man told to pay $1.5 million for credit card fraud]]> http://gazette.com/canadian-man-told-to-pay-1.5-million-for-credit-card-fraud/article/feed/189967?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/canadian-man-told-to-pay-1.5-million-for-credit-card-fraud/article/feed/189967?custom_click=rss FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors described a Toronto man's massive credit card fraud scheme as high-tech bank robbery — stealing the identities of 38,000 people in order to bilk dozens of banks. So when he was convicted of mail fraud in February 2011, the federal government began the arduous task of figuring out just how much each victim was owed.

Years later, following the government's petition to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal judge ordered Adekunle Adetiloye to pay about $1.5 million in restitution and forfeiture. Adetiloye is appealing the Dec. 8 judgment.

"To be fair to everybody, the losses in this case are uncommon," Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Chase said Thursday. "It's a hard case in many ways to

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]]> FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors described a Toronto man's massive credit card fraud scheme as high-tech bank robbery — stealing the identities of 38,000 people in order to bilk dozens of banks. So when he was convicted of mail fraud in February 2011, the federal government began the arduous task of figuring out just how much each victim was owed.

Years later, following the government's petition to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal judge ordered Adekunle Adetiloye to pay about $1.5 million in restitution and forfeiture. Adetiloye is appealing the Dec. 8 judgment.

"To be fair to everybody, the losses in this case are uncommon," Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Chase said Thursday. "It's a hard case in many ways to]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:30:35 -0700 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: A Talarico-Dreiling catering business anniversary]]> Linda Navarro http://gazette.com/around-town-a-talarico-dreiling-catering-business-anniversary/article/1543298?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-a-talarico-dreiling-catering-business-anniversary/article/1543298?custom_click=rss

The year was 1989. Michelle Talarico was manager of a local restaurant where the band Appaloosa was playing, with songstress Kathy Dreiling at the microphone.

Then the women decided it might be kind of fun and possibly a good idea to buy a little box-lunch and takeout deli called Picnic Basket. They divvied up $300 each and became caterers.

Now it's 25 years later, their company is called Soup to Nuts Inc. and it has multiple parts, each with its own personality: Picnic Basket Catering, Cravings Catering and Buffalo Gals Grilling Co. All of the companies are regular Best of the Springs winners.



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The year was 1989. Michelle Talarico was manager of a local restaurant where the band Appaloosa was playing, with songstress Kathy Dreiling at the microphone.

Then the women decided it might be kind of fun and possibly a good idea to buy a little box-lunch and takeout deli called Picnic Basket. They divvied up $300 each and became caterers.

Now it's 25 years later, their company is called Soup to Nuts Inc. and it has multiple parts, each with its own personality: Picnic Basket Catering, Cravings Catering and Buffalo Gals Grilling Co. All of the companies are regular Best of the Springs winners.

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<![CDATA[Increased drone use creates a buzz at Castle Rock shop]]> By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/increased-drone-use-creates-a-buzz-at-castle-rock-shop/article/1543417?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/increased-drone-use-creates-a-buzz-at-castle-rock-shop/article/1543417?custom_click=rss

Castle Rock - The buzzing noise coming from Santa's sleigh as it flies over Colorado this week won't be the reindeer kicking into high gear. It will be from drones that Santa will deliver to good children and adults this year.

Since the state's first store specializing in hobbyist and commercial drone technology opened Nov. 1 in Castle Rock, the gadgets have been flying out the door at a steady clip. Many will land under the tree.

"This niche is huge," said Kerry Garrison, co-owner of Multicopter Warehouse. "The industry is calling 2014 the year of the drone. Last year, industrywide, there were hundreds of units sold. This year, it's hundreds of thousands."

Garrison worked for Josh Gilson's telecommunications company in



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Castle Rock - The buzzing noise coming from Santa's sleigh as it flies over Colorado this week won't be the reindeer kicking into high gear. It will be from drones that Santa will deliver to good children and adults this year.

Since the state's first store specializing in hobbyist and commercial drone technology opened Nov. 1 in Castle Rock, the gadgets have been flying out the door at a steady clip. Many will land under the tree.

"This niche is huge," said Kerry Garrison, co-owner of Multicopter Warehouse. "The industry is calling 2014 the year of the drone. Last year, industrywide, there were hundreds of units sold. This year, it's hundreds of thousands."

Garrison worked for Josh Gilson's telecommunications company in

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<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area business events Dec. 21, 2014]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-business-events-dec.-21-2014/article/1543438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-business-events-dec.-21-2014/article/1543438?custom_click=rss MONDAY

CC&V Coffee Club - 10 a.m., CC&V Visitor Center, 371 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, free; 689-2341, 
689-4052.

TUESDAY

Toastmasters - 7:30-8:30 a.m., Memorial Hospital, Monarch Room, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave.; Jon, 
510-9831.

Tri-Lakes Business Accelerators - 8-9:15 a.m., call for location; 210-0668.

PBX (Premier Business Exchange) - 8-9:30 a.m., LegalShield Success Center, 1120 N. Circle Drive, Suite 10; 243-3174, mbrshow.com/pbx.htm.

BRAIN Business Networking - 8:30-10 a.m., The Egg & I, 7816 N. Academy Blvd., free; 313-7257.

Wisdom and Wealth Mastermind Group - 7-9 p.m., 755 Colorado 105, Suite C, Palmer Lake; Monument Library, 488-0621.

WEDNESDAY

Pikes Peak

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CC&V Coffee Club - 10 a.m., CC&V Visitor Center, 371 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, free; 689-2341, 
689-4052.

TUESDAY

Toastmasters - 7:30-8:30 a.m., Memorial Hospital, Monarch Room, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave.; Jon, 
510-9831.

Tri-Lakes Business Accelerators - 8-9:15 a.m., call for location; 210-0668.

PBX (Premier Business Exchange) - 8-9:30 a.m., LegalShield Success Center, 1120 N. Circle Drive, Suite 10; 243-3174, mbrshow.com/pbx.htm.

BRAIN Business Networking - 8:30-10 a.m., The Egg & I, 7816 N. Academy Blvd., free; 313-7257.

Wisdom and Wealth Mastermind Group - 7-9 p.m., 755 Colorado 105, Suite C, Palmer Lake; Monument Library, 488-0621.

WEDNESDAY

Pikes Peak]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 04:15:12 -0700 <![CDATA[AP source: US seeks China's help after cyberattack]]> http://gazette.com/ap-source-us-seeks-chinas-help-after-cyberattack/article/feed/189886?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-us-seeks-chinas-help-after-cyberattack/article/feed/189886?custom_click=rss HONOLULU (AP) — The United States is asking China for help as it weighs potential responses to a cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that the U.S. has blamed on North Korea.

A senior Obama administration official says the U.S. and China have shared information about the attack and that the U.S. has asked for China's cooperation. The official also says China agrees with the U.S. that destructive cyberattacks violate the norms of appropriate behavior in cyberspace.

The official wasn't authorized to comment by name and demanded anonymity.

President Barack Obama is considering how to respond to the attack on Sony's networks while he vacations this week in Hawaii.

Involving China could pose complications.

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]]> HONOLULU (AP) — The United States is asking China for help as it weighs potential responses to a cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that the U.S. has blamed on North Korea.

A senior Obama administration official says the U.S. and China have shared information about the attack and that the U.S. has asked for China's cooperation. The official also says China agrees with the U.S. that destructive cyberattacks violate the norms of appropriate behavior in cyberspace.

The official wasn't authorized to comment by name and demanded anonymity.

President Barack Obama is considering how to respond to the attack on Sony's networks while he vacations this week in Hawaii.

Involving China could pose complications.]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:17:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Prosecutors: Fraudster used funds to freeze wife]]> http://gazette.com/prosecutors-fraudster-used-funds-to-freeze-wife/article/feed/189843?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prosecutors-fraudster-used-funds-to-freeze-wife/article/feed/189843?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — An accused financial fraudster used backers' money for a personal and uncommon purpose, prosecutors say: to have his wife's body cryogenically frozen.

While telling investors he was putting their money in commodities, foreign exchange trading pools and precious metals, Whileon Chay instead used over $150,000 of it on cryogenics after his wife's roughly 2009 death, Manhattan federal prosecutors said in a fraud indictment unveiled Friday.

Chay's account of his dealings isn't yet known: Prosecutors say the 38-year-old fled New York for Peru while under investigation in 2011, and they have been unable to locate him since.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — An accused financial fraudster used backers' money for a personal and uncommon purpose, prosecutors say: to have his wife's body cryogenically frozen.

While telling investors he was putting their money in commodities, foreign exchange trading pools and precious metals, Whileon Chay instead used over $150,000 of it on cryogenics after his wife's roughly 2009 death, Manhattan federal prosecutors said in a fraud indictment unveiled Friday.

Chay's account of his dealings isn't yet known: Prosecutors say the 38-year-old fled New York for Peru while under investigation in 2011, and they have been unable to locate him since.]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:48:31 -0700 <![CDATA[Texas ranchers seeking alternative incomes]]> http://gazette.com/texas-ranchers-seeking-alternative-incomes/article/feed/189820?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/texas-ranchers-seeking-alternative-incomes/article/feed/189820?custom_click=rss

GAIL, Texas (AP) — Ranchers across Texas have gotten creative with their land after drought conditions decimated cattle numbers in the nation's leading production state.

Many ranchers in Texas are opening up their pastures to hunters, while others are selling water to oil companies or desert plants and mistletoe to nurseries.

2011 was the state's driest year on record, causing ranchers to heavily cull their herds. The reduced numbers have contributed to record high beef prices.

West Texas rancher John R. Anderson said he's keeping an open mind on ways to recoup profits he lost when he moved his cattle to other states.

North Texas rancher Mandy Dauses has taken a full-time job to cope with thinner profit margins.

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]]> GAIL, Texas (AP) — Ranchers across Texas have gotten creative with their land after drought conditions decimated cattle numbers in the nation's leading production state.

Many ranchers in Texas are opening up their pastures to hunters, while others are selling water to oil companies or desert plants and mistletoe to nurseries.

2011 was the state's driest year on record, causing ranchers to heavily cull their herds. The reduced numbers have contributed to record high beef prices.

West Texas rancher John R. Anderson said he's keeping an open mind on ways to recoup profits he lost when he moved his cattle to other states.

North Texas rancher Mandy Dauses has taken a full-time job to cope with thinner profit margins.]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:01:33 -0700 <![CDATA[Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers]]> http://gazette.com/tick-tock-tips-for-last-minute-shoppers/article/feed/189528?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tick-tock-tips-for-last-minute-shoppers/article/feed/189528?custom_click=rss

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete.

Don't fret — you aren't alone.

The National Retail Federation found that only about half of shoppers had finished shopping as of Dec. 10. That means tens of millions will be ticking those final items off their lists in the coming days.

But procrastination doesn't have to mean desperation. Here are a few tips to help survive last-minute shopping:

—SEIZE THE DAY: Retailers know the rush is coming, and they are doing everything they can to attract last-minute shoppers. This includes extended shopping hours, expedited shipping and exclusive promotions.

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]]> PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete.

Don't fret — you aren't alone.

The National Retail Federation found that only about half of shoppers had finished shopping as of Dec. 10. That means tens of millions will be ticking those final items off their lists in the coming days.

But procrastination doesn't have to mean desperation. Here are a few tips to help survive last-minute shopping:

—SEIZE THE DAY: Retailers know the rush is coming, and they are doing everything they can to attract last-minute shoppers. This includes extended shopping hours, expedited shipping and exclusive promotions.]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:47:57 -0700 <![CDATA[EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups]]> http://gazette.com/epa-coal-ash-standards-a-setback-for-environmental-groups/article/feed/189770?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/epa-coal-ash-standards-a-setback-for-environmental-groups/article/feed/189770?custom_click=rss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in North Carolina.

With each disaster, environmentalists sounded alarms and called for the byproduct of burning coal to be treated as hazardous waste. On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the first standards for the coal-burning waste, but they were hardly what environmental groups were hoping for.

The EPA ruled that the ash can be treated like regular garbage, meaning regulating the stuff will be left up to states and watchful citizens.

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]]> NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in North Carolina.

With each disaster, environmentalists sounded alarms and called for the byproduct of burning coal to be treated as hazardous waste. On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the first standards for the coal-burning waste, but they were hardly what environmental groups were hoping for.

The EPA ruled that the ash can be treated like regular garbage, meaning regulating the stuff will be left up to states and watchful citizens.]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:03:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Minimum wage rising for Colorado workers starting Jan. 1]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/minimum-wage-rising-for-colorado-workers-starting-jan.-1/article/1543374?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/minimum-wage-rising-for-colorado-workers-starting-jan.-1/article/1543374?custom_click=rss

Colorado's minimum wage workers will get a 23-cent-an-hour raise starting Jan. 1, thanks to a state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2006 that requires their pay to keep up with inflation.

The minimum wage for workers who don't receive tips increases to $8.23 an hour, while the minimum for servers and other workers who receive tips from customers rises to $5.21 an hour.

The increases are the largest since a 28-cent-an-hour jump in 2012. For 2014, the amount went up 22 cents an hour.

Since the amendment took effect, tying changes in the state's minimum wage to the consumer price index for the Denver-Boulder area, the non-tipped wage has increased 20.2 percent and the tipped wage has jumped 36 percent.

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The minimum wage for workers who don't receive tips increases to $8.23 an hour, while the minimum for servers and other workers who receive tips from customers rises to $5.21 an hour.

The increases are the largest since a 28-cent-an-hour jump in 2012. For 2014, the amount went up 22 cents an hour.

Since the amendment took effect, tying changes in the state's minimum wage to the consumer price index for the Denver-Boulder area, the non-tipped wage has increased 20.2 percent and the tipped wage has jumped 36 percent.]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:10:14 -0700 <![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1543361?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1543361?custom_click=rss

Vince Shoemaker has been promoted to president of Bryan Construction Inc. Shoemaker, a certified public accountant, has been the company's chief financial officer for 15 years. Scott Bryan, the company's founder, will continue to serve as CEO.

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Hard work, the ability to learn from his mistakes and sheer gumption led one of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' most notable graduates to become one of Bill Gates' right-hand employees at Microsoft.

Students who graduated from UCCS on Friday have the same ability to succeed, said Scott Oki, who earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the school in 1974 and a master of business administration in 1975 while stationed at the Air Force Academy.

"When I reflect on the things in my life that made a remarkable difference, graduating from UCCS made a difference," Oki told students of the UCCS College of Business before taking the stage at The Broadmoor World Arena to deliver the commencement address.

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Students who graduated from UCCS on Friday have the same ability to succeed, said Scott Oki, who earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the school in 1974 and a master of business administration in 1975 while stationed at the Air Force Academy.

"When I reflect on the things in my life that made a remarkable difference, graduating from UCCS made a difference," Oki told students of the UCCS College of Business before taking the stage at The Broadmoor World Arena to deliver the commencement address.]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:10:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Obama declares 2014 'a breakthrough year for America']]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/obama-declares-2014-a-breakthrough-year-for-america/article/1543363?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-declares-2014-a-breakthrough-year-for-america/article/1543363?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been "a breakthrough year for America," putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress.

"My presidency is entering the fourth quarter. Interesting stuff happens in the fourth quarter," Obama said at a year-end news conference before leaving on a two-week vacation to Hawaii.

The news conference came at the end of what Obama titled his "Year of Action," one in which Congress failed to take up most of his agenda and he turned to looking for ways to act on his own.



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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been "a breakthrough year for America," putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress.

"My presidency is entering the fourth quarter. Interesting stuff happens in the fourth quarter," Obama said at a year-end news conference before leaving on a two-week vacation to Hawaii.

The news conference came at the end of what Obama titled his "Year of Action," one in which Congress failed to take up most of his agenda and he turned to looking for ways to act on his own.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:30:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Natural Grocers dropping Colorado-based product under dairy rules]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/natural-grocers-dropping-colorado-based-product-under-dairy-rules/article/1543360?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/natural-grocers-dropping-colorado-based-product-under-dairy-rules/article/1543360?custom_click=rss FORT COLLINS — Natural Grocers plans to stop selling yogurt from another Colorado-based company, Noosa, as it switches to pastured-based dairy products.

Last spring, Lakewood-based Natural Grocers announced that it would phase out milk and other dairy products from cows that don't spend at least 120 days a year grazing outdoors on grass, the standard for organic products.

Natural Grocers executive vice president Heather Isely said she is sad to see Bellvue-based Noosa go, along with brands including Chobani, Siggi's Brown Cow, but she hopes it will be able to return to the chain's shelves someday, the Fort Collins Coloradoan (http://noconow.co/1wKVV43) reported Friday.

"Cows fundamentally eat grasses...



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FORT COLLINS — Natural Grocers plans to stop selling yogurt from another Colorado-based company, Noosa, as it switches to pastured-based dairy products.

Last spring, Lakewood-based Natural Grocers announced that it would phase out milk and other dairy products from cows that don't spend at least 120 days a year grazing outdoors on grass, the standard for organic products.

Natural Grocers executive vice president Heather Isely said she is sad to see Bellvue-based Noosa go, along with brands including Chobani, Siggi's Brown Cow, but she hopes it will be able to return to the chain's shelves someday, the Fort Collins Coloradoan (http://noconow.co/1wKVV43) reported Friday.

"Cows fundamentally eat grasses...

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:24:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado vows to defend marijuana law against states' challenge]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-vows-to-defend-marijuana-law-against-states-challenge/article/1543301?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-vows-to-defend-marijuana-law-against-states-challenge/article/1543301?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado's top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state's historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, saying the drug is freely flowing into neighboring states.

The two states filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing the measure known as Amendment 64, which was approved by voters in 2012 and allows recreational marijuana for adults over 21. The complaint says the measure runs afoul of federal law and therefore violates the Constitution's supremacy clause, which says federal laws trump state laws.

Document: Read the lawsuit here

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers



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DENVER — Colorado's top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state's historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, saying the drug is freely flowing into neighboring states.

The two states filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing the measure known as Amendment 64, which was approved by voters in 2012 and allows recreational marijuana for adults over 21. The complaint says the measure runs afoul of federal law and therefore violates the Constitution's supremacy clause, which says federal laws trump state laws.

Document: Read the lawsuit here

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:01:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Tex-Mex chain to make Colorado debut with a Colorado Springs location]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/tex-mex-chain-to-make-colorado-debut-with-a-colorado-springs-location/article/1543316?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tex-mex-chain-to-make-colorado-debut-with-a-colorado-springs-location/article/1543316?custom_click=rss

Taco Bueno, a Dallas-based restaurant chain that specializes in Tex-Mex fare, plans to open its first Colorado location next year in north Colorado Springs.

A single-story office building at 7970 N. Academy, near Jamboree Drive, will be torn down and a 2,200-square-foot Taco Bueno constructed in its place, according to plans submitted to the city's Land Use Review Division.

With a relatively small building, seating for about 60 and a drive-through window where it does about two-thirds of its business, Taco Bueno gives every appearance of being a fast-food restaurant.

But Taco Bueno bills itself as quick service, not fast food, said chief marketing officer Jeff Carl.



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Taco Bueno, a Dallas-based restaurant chain that specializes in Tex-Mex fare, plans to open its first Colorado location next year in north Colorado Springs.

A single-story office building at 7970 N. Academy, near Jamboree Drive, will be torn down and a 2,200-square-foot Taco Bueno constructed in its place, according to plans submitted to the city's Land Use Review Division.

With a relatively small building, seating for about 60 and a drive-through window where it does about two-thirds of its business, Taco Bueno gives every appearance of being a fast-food restaurant.

But Taco Bueno bills itself as quick service, not fast food, said chief marketing officer Jeff Carl.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:30:10 -0700
<![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1543303?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1543303?custom_click=rss

Nikki Landry has been named program director and on-air talent at KKMG in Colorado Springs. She succeeds Derreck Rusch, who continues as the station's morning host and promotion director. In her most recent job, Landry was program director at WEBL/WUMY in 
Memphis.

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The Colorado Springs-based company leased five mining claims from Nevada Eagle LLC in the Walker Lane Mineral Belt. The land is adjacent to other claims the company leased earlier this year.

Under the new lease, Gold Resource will pay Nevada Eagle annual payments and a 2 percent royalty on future production. Gold Resource can buy the claim for $175,000 and buy down the royalty to 0.5 percent for $1.4 million.

The agreement helped lift the company's shares 8 cents, or 2.8 percent, to $2.96 on Thursday, and reversed a week-long slide. The decline shaved 78 cents, or 21.7 percent, from the stock

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]]> Gold Resource Corp. announced Thursday that it has leased additional mining claims in south central Nevada with an option to buy.

The Colorado Springs-based company leased five mining claims from Nevada Eagle LLC in the Walker Lane Mineral Belt. The land is adjacent to other claims the company leased earlier this year.

Under the new lease, Gold Resource will pay Nevada Eagle annual payments and a 2 percent royalty on future production. Gold Resource can buy the claim for $175,000 and buy down the royalty to 0.5 percent for $1.4 million.

The agreement helped lift the company's shares 8 cents, or 2.8 percent, to $2.96 on Thursday, and reversed a week-long slide. The decline shaved 78 cents, or 21.7 percent, from the stock]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:25:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Report: Occupancy at Colorado Springs area hotels falls in November]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/report-occupancy-at-colorado-springs-area-hotels-falls-in-november/article/1543313?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-occupancy-at-colorado-springs-area-hotels-falls-in-november/article/1543313?custom_click=rss There was plenty of room at the inn in the Colorado Springs area during November as the area's hotel occupancy rate fell compared with the same month a year earlier for the first time since April, according to the Rocky Mountain Lodging Report.

The 46.6 percent occupancy rate was down 2.3 percentage points from November 2013, ending six consecutive months of year-over-year increases.

However, the average room rate increased 1.7 percent during the same period to $85.82.

Despite the November drop, the occupancy rate for the first 11 months of the year is up 2.8 percentage points from the same period in 2013 to 64 percent, while the average room rate so far this year is up 2.6 percent from a year ago to $94.11.

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]]> There was plenty of room at the inn in the Colorado Springs area during November as the area's hotel occupancy rate fell compared with the same month a year earlier for the first time since April, according to the Rocky Mountain Lodging Report.

The 46.6 percent occupancy rate was down 2.3 percentage points from November 2013, ending six consecutive months of year-over-year increases.

However, the average room rate increased 1.7 percent during the same period to $85.82.

Despite the November drop, the occupancy rate for the first 11 months of the year is up 2.8 percentage points from the same period in 2013 to 64 percent, while the average room rate so far this year is up 2.6 percent from a year ago to $94.11.]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:15:01 -0700 <![CDATA[$1.99-and-under gas comes to Colorado Springs]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/1.99-and-under-gas-comes-to-colorado-springs/article/1543253?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1.99-and-under-gas-comes-to-colorado-springs/article/1543253?custom_click=rss

Yes, Virginia, there is gas under $2 in the Pikes Peak region.

A gallon of regular gasoline was selling for $1.98 on Wednesday at the Sam's Club on Colorado Springs' south side, while the city's two Costco Wholesale Clubs and a second Sam's on the north side were selling it for $1.99, according to GasBuddy.com, a website that tracks prices in the U.S. and Canada.

Of course, those prices are only for members of the two national warehouse chains. But the cost of gas has been plummeting for weeks nationwide, and it's only a matter of time before more service stations in the area are selling gas for less than $2.

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Yes, Virginia, there is gas under $2 in the Pikes Peak region.

A gallon of regular gasoline was selling for $1.98 on Wednesday at the Sam's Club on Colorado Springs' south side, while the city's two Costco Wholesale Clubs and a second Sam's on the north side were selling it for $1.99, according to GasBuddy.com, a website that tracks prices in the U.S. and Canada.

Of course, those prices are only for members of the two national warehouse chains. But the cost of gas has been plummeting for weeks nationwide, and it's only a matter of time before more service stations in the area are selling gas for less than $2.

Will prices fall even more? Read on:

Why are prices falling?

Typically, supply and demand drives

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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:11:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance ready to launch CEO search]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-regional-business-alliance-ready-to-launch-ceo-search/article/1543193?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-regional-business-alliance-ready-to-launch-ceo-search/article/1543193?custom_click=rss

A nine-person committee headed by former Ent Federal Credit Union CEO Charles Emmer plans to start its search this week for a new CEO for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.

The committee, which met for the first time Monday, expects to post a job description and seek applications on the RBA's website this week and complete the process in six weeks, said Tom Neppl, chairman of the nonprofit business group. He made the comments Tuesday during a briefing on economic development, military issues and other topics before more than 70 alliance donors and members.

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]]> A nine-person committee headed by former Ent Federal Credit Union CEO Charles Emmer plans to start its search this week for a new CEO for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.

The committee, which met for the first time Monday, expects to post a job description and seek applications on the RBA's website this week and complete the process in six weeks, said Tom Neppl, chairman of the nonprofit business group. He made the comments Tuesday during a briefing on economic development, military issues and other topics before more than 70 alliance donors and members.]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:15:26 -0700