<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Wed, 25 May 2016 20:52:42 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ohio airport to be named in honor of astronaut John Glenn]]> http://gazette.com/ohio-airport-to-be-named-in-honor-of-astronaut-john-glenn/article/feed/353744?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ohio-airport-to-be-named-in-honor-of-astronaut-john-glenn/article/feed/353744?custom_click=rss

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Astronaut John Glenn is getting an airport named in his honor in his home state of Ohio.

In a gesture of bipartisan cooperation, the Republican-dominated Ohio House and Senate voted Wednesday to support a bill adding the 94-year-old Democrat's name to Port Columbus International Airport. The facility's new name will be John Glenn Columbus International Airport. The bill now heads to Republican Gov. John Kasich.

Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth in 1962, and was a member of NASA's storied Mercury Seven crew that led the U.S. into space. With Scott Carpenter's death in 2013, he became the crew's last surviving member.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 21:14:36 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Bill naming John Glenn airport passes in Ohio]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-bill-naming-john-glenn-airport-passes-in-ohio/article/feed/353928?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-bill-naming-john-glenn-airport-passes-in-ohio/article/feed/353928?custom_click=rss

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on legislation naming an Ohio airport for astronaut John Glenn (all times local):

9:47 p.m.

A bill naming an Ohio airport for astronaut John Glenn has cleared the state Legislature.

In a gesture of bipartisan cooperation, the Republican-dominated Ohio House and Senate approved a bill Wednesday adding the 94-year-old Democrat's name to Port Columbus International Airport. The facility's new name will be John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth in 1962, and was a member of NASA's storied Mercury Seven crew that led the U.S. into space. With Scott Carpenter's death in 2013, he became the crew's last surviving member.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 21:06:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Feds say Turkish celebrity who faces prison is a flight risk]]> http://gazette.com/feds-say-turkish-celebrity-who-faces-prison-is-a-flight-risk/article/feed/353774?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/feds-say-turkish-celebrity-who-faces-prison-is-a-flight-risk/article/feed/353774?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — A Turkish celebrity who lived the high life as he enabled Iran to overcome U.S. sanctions and deceive the United States and the international banking system for years is a flight risk and shouldn't get bail, prosecutors said Wednesday.

In papers filed in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors said Reza Zarrab, 32, had vast assets that could be used to flee to avoid the likely decades in prison he will face if convicted of criminal charges that resulted in his March arrest in Miami.

Zarrab's commercial ventures generate more than $11 billion annually, and his assets include 20 properties, six horses, 17 luxury cars, seven yachts, a private plane and more than $10 million in artwork, the government said.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 20:11:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Microsoft's Windows 10 push comes to shove for some users]]> http://gazette.com/microsofts-windows-10-push-comes-to-shove-for-some-users/article/feed/353674?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/microsofts-windows-10-push-comes-to-shove-for-some-users/article/feed/353674?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft really, REALLY wants you to upgrade to Windows 10.

Since last summer, the tech giant has pushed and prodded PC owners to upgrade their machines to its latest Windows version. While the upgrade is currently free for most consumers with Windows PCs, critics say the company's heavy-handed nudging amounts to an "offer you can't refuse."

Microsoft initially offered Windows 10 as an optional upgrade — that is, one that users had to choose themselves. Then, earlier this year, the company reclassified it as a "recommended" update. Some Windows 10 holdouts cried foul, since many PCs are set up to automatically install recommended updates, which are usually important security fixes.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 20:06:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Phones fuel great growth potential for US Internet gambling]]> http://gazette.com/phones-fuel-great-growth-potential-for-us-internet-gambling/article/feed/353801?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/phones-fuel-great-growth-potential-for-us-internet-gambling/article/feed/353801?custom_click=rss

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Internet gambling has tremendous growth potential in the United States as ever-greater percentages of the public use smartphones, participants in a major gambling conference said Wednesday.

At the East Coast Gaming Congress and iGaming Institute in Atlantic City, casino and online gambling executives said the online gambling market has shown encouraging growth, but is still a fraction of what it could be.

They also said nearly three years of experience has shown that Internet gambling is not cannibalizing their existing brick-and-mortar casinos, but rather bringing in new customers, many of whom then visit the physical casinos as well.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 19:56:57 -0600 <![CDATA[3rd person charged in investigation of coal exec's death]]> http://gazette.com/3rd-person-charged-in-investigation-of-coal-execs-death/article/feed/353592?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3rd-person-charged-in-investigation-of-coal-execs-death/article/feed/353592?custom_click=rss

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A third person was charged Wednesday in the death of former coal executive Bennett Hatfield.

Brandon Lee Fitzpatrick, 18, of Louisa, Kentucky, was charged by West Virginia authorities with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, Elsmere, Kentucky Police Chief Timothy Thames said. Fitzpatrick was being held in the Kenton County jail pending extradition proceedings.

Police earlier charged Anthony R. Arriaga, 20, of Delphos, Ohio, with murder in the fatal shooting of Hatfield on Monday at Mountain View Memory Gardens, a cemetery in southern West Virginia.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 19:33:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Airport, TSA work to keep security wait time less than 15 minutes]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-airport-tsa-work-to-keep-security-wait-time-less-than-15-minutes/article/1576901?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-airport-tsa-work-to-keep-security-wait-time-less-than-15-minutes/article/1576901?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs Airport is changing the security checkpoint to keep wait times from growing, even after Frontier Airlines adds flights to Phoenix in June.

The change will move Transportation Security Administration personnel who check passenger boarding passes and identification toward the front of the line so breaks don't develop and result in delays in getting passengers screened, airport director Dan Gallagher said Wednesday.

The airport and agency also will adjust staffing to reduce bottlenecks in the security screening area, he said.

"We want to make sure that with the additional flight to Phoenix that the waits don't get longer at peak periods, and we would like to reduce them," Gallagher said.



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Wed, 25 May 2016 19:31:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Hawaiian Airlines pilots picket, say contract talks slowed]]> http://gazette.com/hawaiian-airlines-pilots-picket-say-contract-talks-slowed/article/feed/353536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hawaiian-airlines-pilots-picket-say-contract-talks-slowed/article/feed/353536?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — Dozens of Hawaiian Airlines pilots picketed Wednesday for a new collective bargaining agreement a week after voting to allow union representatives to call for a strike if necessary.

The pilots gathered outside Honolulu International Airport.

"We're frustrated about our contract negotiations," pilot Sheila Davis said, criticizing management. "There's been a turning point where we feel that they're dragging their feet at the bargaining table."

Hawaiian Airlines said in a statement that the union is asking for a 52 percent increase in total compensation in the first year of the contract. The value of that increase is $74 million for a workforce of roughly 600, the statement said.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 19:21:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Energy companies lead the way as US stocks keep rising]]> http://gazette.com/energy-companies-lead-the-way-as-us-stocks-keep-rising/article/feed/353594?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/energy-companies-lead-the-way-as-us-stocks-keep-rising/article/feed/353594?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Wednesday as investors continued to recover some confidence in the health of the global economy. That sent oil prices higher and gave energy companies a boost, while materials companies also climbed higher.

In Europe, a round of new rescue loans for Greece was unfrozen, eliminating the risk the country will default on its debts in the next few months. A survey of business sentiment in Germany, the largest economy in Europe, rose more than expected. European stock indexes rose and the U.S. market followed them. Expecting stronger demand for fuel and materials used in industry and construction, investors bought stock in energy and mining and chemicals companies. U.S. stocks had jumped Tuesday aft

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 19:11:33 -0600 <![CDATA[PetSmart severs ties with Pennsylvania small-animal supplier]]> http://gazette.com/petsmart-severs-ties-with-pennsylvania-small-animal-supplier/article/feed/353812?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/petsmart-severs-ties-with-pennsylvania-small-animal-supplier/article/feed/353812?custom_click=rss BARTO, Pa. (AP) — Another major pet retailer has severed ties with a small-animal supplier amid a federal investigation into conditions inside its Pennsylvania facility.

PetSmart said Wednesday it's no longer getting animals from Holmes Chinchilla Ranch in Barto. Petco said in January it ended its relationship with Holmes. Pet Supplies Plus also severed ties several months ago.

Federal inspectors spent several days at Holmes after an animal-rights group shot video purporting to show substandard conditions at the facility, where it raises thousands of hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and other species.

The inspection turned up problems including sick and dead animals, inadequate sanitation and untrained employees perform

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 17:23:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Puerto Rico clears first hurdle with committee vote]]> http://gazette.com/puerto-rico-clears-first-hurdle-with-committee-vote/article/feed/353452?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/puerto-rico-clears-first-hurdle-with-committee-vote/article/feed/353452?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico manage its crippling finances cleared its first hurdle Wednesday with approval from a Republican-led House committee.

The bill to create a financial control board and restructure some of the U.S. territory's $70 billion debt has support from House Republican and Democratic leaders, as well as the Obama administration. But some bondholders, unions and island officials have opposed it.

The House Natural Resources Committee approved the legislation 29-10.

"We have a constitutional, political and moral imperative to act," said committee chairman Rob Bishop, the Utah Republican who has led negotiations on the bill. The legislation now moves to the House floor.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 17:13:03 -0600 <![CDATA[11 states could regulate daily fantasy sports by year's end]]> http://gazette.com/11-states-could-regulate-daily-fantasy-sports-by-years-end/article/feed/353853?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/11-states-could-regulate-daily-fantasy-sports-by-years-end/article/feed/353853?custom_click=rss ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — An analyst says as many as 11 states may adopt regulations permitting and regulating daily fantasy sports by the end of this year.

Chris Grove of Narus Advisors says six states have passed bills to regulate daily fantasy sports so far, and five more may do so soon.

The contests allow people to deposit money into accounts, create fantasy rosters of sports teams by selecting real players and compete against other contestants based on the statistical performances of those players to win money. Proponents say it's a game of skill, not chance, and shouldn't be regulated the way casinos are, but many states consider them to be forms of gambling.

About 35 states have introduced legislation addressi

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 16:55:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Report: Magic Kingdom world's top theme park, drawing 20M]]> http://gazette.com/report-magic-kingdom-worlds-top-theme-park-drawing-20m/article/feed/353764?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-magic-kingdom-worlds-top-theme-park-drawing-20m/article/feed/353764?custom_click=rss ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Disney World's Magic Kingdom continues to be the top amusement park draw in the world with 20.5 million visitors in 2015, according to a report released Wednesday.

Disneyland in Anaheim, California, was No. 2 with an estimated 18.3 million visitors, followed by Tokyo Disneyland, which had an estimated 16 million, according to a report from AECOM and the Themed Entertainment Association.

Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld all saw a jump in attendance in 2015 over the previous year, according to the.

Epcot was sixth in the world in attendance with 11.8 million, a 5 percent increase from 2014. Disney's Animal Kingdom drew 10.8 million, also a 5 percent increase, and Universal Orlando saw th

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 16:36:09 -0600 <![CDATA[A wrestler, a website and maybe a billionaire go to the mat]]> http://gazette.com/a-wrestler-a-website-and-maybe-a-billionaire-go-to-the-mat/article/feed/353781?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-wrestler-a-website-and-maybe-a-billionaire-go-to-the-mat/article/feed/353781?custom_click=rss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Is Hulk Hogan's courtroom cage match with Gawker being bankrolled by a high-tech billionaire with a grudge against the news-and-gossip site?

Two months after Hogan won a $140 million invasion-of-privacy verdict against Gawker for posting a sex tape of him, news reports say the pro wrestler is secretly backed by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel.

Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, was outed as gay by a Gawker-owned website in 2007, and the Gawker empire has run a number of stories skewering Facebook.

Legal experts say there is nothing illegal — or even unethical — about someone financing a lawsuit.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 16:34:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Missouri woman accused of embezzling $1.2M from Garmin]]> http://gazette.com/missouri-woman-accused-of-embezzling-1.2m-from-garmin/article/feed/353817?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/missouri-woman-accused-of-embezzling-1.2m-from-garmin/article/feed/353817?custom_click=rss KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman already accused of embezzling more than $300,000 from engineering firm Black & Veatch stole $1.2 million during an earlier job at Garmin International, a new federal indictment alleges.

A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Missouri, indicted 43-year-old Patricia Webb on Tuesday on 23 counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Webb, of Lee's Summit, already was indicted in March on charges that she bilked hundreds of thousands of dollars from Black & Veatch will serving as a global payroll manager.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 16:27:45 -0600 <![CDATA[CEO pay in 2015: When a $468,449 raise is typical]]> http://gazette.com/ceo-pay-in-2015-when-a-468449-raise-is-typical/article/feed/353488?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ceo-pay-in-2015-when-a-468449-raise-is-typical/article/feed/353488?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — CEOs at the biggest companies got a 4.5 percent pay raise last year. That's almost double the typical American worker's, and a lot more than investors earned from owning their stocks — a big fat zero.

The typical chief executive in the Standard & Poor's 500 index made $10.8 million, including bonuses, stock awards and other compensation, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. That's up from the median of $10.3 million the same group of CEOs made a year earlier.

The raise alone for median CEO pay last year, $468,449, is more than 10 times what the typical U.S. worker makes in a year. The median full-time worker earned $809 weekly in 2015, up from $791 in 2014.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 16:25:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Mary Barker]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-mary-barker/article/1576866?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-mary-barker/article/1576866?custom_click=rss

Mary Barker has joined Blakely + Company as an account and media manager. Most recently, she worked as a media buyer for an advertising agency in Anchorage, Alaska. Before that, she was marketing manager for an orthopaedic group in the Pikes Peak region. At Blakely, she provides client account support and assists the media department with planning, buying and reporting.

Barker has a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.



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Wed, 25 May 2016 14:09:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Sports Authority going-out-of-business sales start Thursday]]> http://gazette.com/sports-authority-going-out-of-business-sales-start-thursday/article/1576841?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sports-authority-going-out-of-business-sales-start-thursday/article/1576841?custom_click=rss

A federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday afternoon signed off on Sports Authority’s plan to have liquidators start going-out-of business sales at all of the Englewood-based retailer’s more than 460 stores.

The store-closing sales will start Thursday, the trio of liquidators said in a statement released following the filing of the order in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The sales will end by Aug. 31.

“Words cannot adequately express the disappointment we feel with the need to shut down our stores,” Michael Foss, Sports Authority chief executive officer, said in a statement issued by the joint venture of liquidators.



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Tue, 24 May 2016 20:39:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs foreclosure and deliquency rates lower than in more than 7 years]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-foreclosure-and-deliquency-rates-lower-than-in-more-than-7-years/article/1576804?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-foreclosure-and-deliquency-rates-lower-than-in-more-than-7-years/article/1576804?custom_click=rss

Mortgage foreclosure and delinquency rates in the Colorado Springs area fell in March to the lowest level in the more than seven years that real-estate data provider CoreLogic Inc. has been compiling information.

The percentage of area home loans in some stage of the foreclosure process fell to 0.55 percent in March from 0.59 percent in February and 0.68 percent in March 2015, according to the latest report from Irvine, Calif.-based CoreLogic. The area's foreclosure rate has dropped every month since October and in eight of the past nine months but remains higher than the statewide average of 0.37 percent in March and is about half of the national average of 1.09 percent for the same month. The area's foreclosure rate peaked at



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Tue, 24 May 2016 17:43:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Timothy Pester]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-timothy-pester/article/1576802?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-timothy-pester/article/1576802?custom_click=rss

Wells Fargo Advisors has designated Timothy Pester, first vice president-investments and senior financial adviser, as a member of the firm's Premier Advisor Program. This distinction reflects Pester's achievement of professional success by meeting or exceeding Wells Fargo Advisors' highest standards.

Pester has 20 years' experience in the brokerage industry. He has a bachelor's in business administration from Olivet Nazarene University.

Herman Tiemens II, MBA, CFP, senior financial adviser and senior vice president-investments, has been designated as a member of Wells Fargo Advisors' Premier Advisor Program for the third consecutive year.

Tiemens has a total of nine years in the industry. He has an MBA from the London



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Tue, 24 May 2016 16:40:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Amy Lester]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-amy-lester/article/1576450?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-amy-lester/article/1576450?custom_click=rss

Mountain Post Historical Association has selected Amy Lester as its executive director to lead MPHA to build the new Mountain Post Historical Center at Fort Carson.

Lester is a graduate of Montana State University-Billings and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Her recent work with Pantigo Consulting involves fundraising, organizational development and strategic planning services for nonprofits. She also served as program manager with Leadership Pikes Peak and senior manager for the state bar of New Mexico.



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Tue, 24 May 2016 12:39:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Food trucks looking for new home with Curbside Cuisine closing in downtown Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/food-trucks-looking-for-new-home-with-curbside-cuisine-closing-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1576736?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/food-trucks-looking-for-new-home-with-curbside-cuisine-closing-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1576736?custom_click=rss

An experimental collection of mobile food trucks at the corner of North Nevada and East Platte avenues will be closing down by the end of the month.

Curbside Cuisine, open since Spring 2013, will be closing and the two current food trucks at the spot, which has hosted eateries ranging from crepes to creole, will have to find other locations to sell.

Hayder Hassan, owner of the Mediterranean Food truck at Curbside Cuisine, said he opened his truck in October and received just three weeks notice that Curbside would shut down and he would have to move to a new location.

"I don't know where to move. We have been here all winter and didn't make any money and now the weather is starting to get better and we have to move.



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Tue, 24 May 2016 11:35:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Get a Job Monday: The Genesis of a new health-care career]]> http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-the-genesis-of-a-new-health-care-career/article/1576730?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-the-genesis-of-a-new-health-care-career/article/1576730?custom_click=rss Health-care experts who really like to care for their patients have the next step up for their career: Genesis Pikes Peak Center has state-of-the-art facilities that want you and your expertise. Licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants and registered nurses are needed now at Genesis Pikes Peak Center.

The Gazette's Eric Singer introduces you to a Genesis representative who can fill in all the blanks about the benefits and the pay in our exclusive Get a Job Monday segment on Gazette.com.

If you would like more information on Genesis Pikes Peak Center jobs, contact misty.coleman@genesishcc.com. If you would like more information on other jobs in the Pikes Peak region, contact the Pikes Peak Workforce Center's



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Tue, 24 May 2016 07:30:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Nearly a record-setting travel weekend expected over Memorial Day in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/nearly-a-record-setting-travel-weekend-expected-over-memorial-day-in-colorado/article/1576725?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nearly-a-record-setting-travel-weekend-expected-over-memorial-day-in-colorado/article/1576725?custom_click=rss

Feeling a little lonely?

Don't worry; you'll have plenty of companionship if you drive or fly over Memorial Day weekend.

Gas prices that are the cheapest in a decade, lower air fares - to some cities, anyway - and a stronger economy are among factors that will boost the number of people who travel from Thursday through Memorial Day, tourism industry experts say. And expect travel to ramp up through the summer, barring weather disasters or economic downturns, they say.

AAA Colorado estimates 645,000 state residents will travel over Memorial Day weekend - the second-highest total on record for the holiday, the most in 11 years and about 13,000 more than a year ago.



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Tue, 24 May 2016 06:56:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Vagaries of at-will employment in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/vagaries-of-at-will-employment-in-colorado/article/1576723?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vagaries-of-at-will-employment-in-colorado/article/1576723?custom_click=rss

Colorado is an employment at-will state. In simplest terms, this means that, in the absence of a contract to the contrary, an employee can quit or be terminated at any time, without cause. There are numerous exceptions to the employment at-will doctrine. Many of these deal with unlawful discrimination. One exception, however, goes off in a slightly different direction and is embodied in a statute, first enacted in 1990 and given a tweak in 2007, entitled "unlawful prohibition of legal activities as a condition of employment," commonly known as the "lawful activities statute.



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Mon, 23 May 2016 13:10:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Brendan Clarke]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-brendan-clarke/article/1576561?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-brendan-clarke/article/1576561?custom_click=rss

Brendan Clarke, managing director of Colorado Springs Commercial-a Cushman & Wakefield Alliance, was awarded the Certified

Commercial Investment Member designation by the CCIM Institute.

The designation is awarded to commercial real estate professionals upon successful completion of a graduate-level education curriculum and presentation of a portfolio of qualifying experience. Only about 6 percent of the estimated 150,000 commercial real estate practitioners nationwide hold the designation.

Clarke joined Colorado Springs Commercial in February, having previously worked with O'Boyle Real Estate Group and NAI Highland Commercial, where he closed over $10 million in commercial real estate transactions.



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Mon, 23 May 2016 13:05:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado residents push to protect homes, river from fracking]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-residents-push-to-protect-homes-river-from-fracking/article/1576714?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-residents-push-to-protect-homes-river-from-fracking/article/1576714?custom_click=rss

PARACHUTE — Colorado residents fighting new oil and gas development — 53 wells and a fracking waste facility on the banks of the Colorado River — have turned to an untested state rule in a last-ditch push for protection.

The proposed Ursa Resources wells here, drilled within 1,000 feet of Battlement Mesa homes, also would be near a public water system and a state wildlife area.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment officials have raised concerns, warning that six storage tanks at the waste injection facility “creates a significant contamination risk to the public water supply” and that a spill could hurt wetlands and the river.

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Mon, 23 May 2016 09:34:34 -0600
<![CDATA[A look at Colorado Springs' troubled business corridors]]> http://gazette.com/a-look-at-colorado-springs-troubled-business-corridors/article/1576617?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-look-at-colorado-springs-troubled-business-corridors/article/1576617?custom_click=rss

Unsightly overhead power lines still tower over passing cars along miles of Central and South Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs, while shopping centers and storefronts in the area fight a seemingly never-ending battle to attract retailers.

A few miles away along North Nevada Avenue, an aging power plant, boxy warehouses and nondescript motels remain some of the roadway's least desirable - but most prominent - features.

Nearly three years after a pair of city committees were created to analyze each corridor's strengths and weaknesses, and more than two years after they recommended redevelopment strategies, little, if anything, outwardly has changed along Central and South Academy and North Nevada.



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Sun, 22 May 2016 10:39:49 -0600
<![CDATA[The bizarre thing that happens when grocery stores can’t sell booze]]> http://gazette.com/the-bizarre-thing-that-happens-when-grocery-stores-cant-sell-booze/article/1576660?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-bizarre-thing-that-happens-when-grocery-stores-cant-sell-booze/article/1576660?custom_click=rss

Nothing drives home the fact that we live in a federalist system like moving to a new state and trying to figure out where and when you can buy alcohol.

In some states, like California, you can buy beer, wine and liquor at the grocery store. In others, you can buy beer at the supermarket but need to make a separate trip to the liquor store to buy wine and hard alcohol. In still others, like Utah, alcoholic beverages can only be purchased at state-run facilities.

A good way to get a bird's-eye-view of the legal booze landscape is to look at what types of alcohol you can and can't buy at your local supermarket. Using information from the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) and other sources, I put together



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<![CDATA[Flexibility on travel plans saves you money]]> http://gazette.com/flexibility-on-travel-plans-saves-you-money/article/1576618?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flexibility-on-travel-plans-saves-you-money/article/1576618?custom_click=rss

The demand for travel in 2016 is strong. This has resulted in fewer deals and the need for extra planning if you want to save money.

Flexibility on when and where you travel can have a huge impact on costs. Try to avoid travel on major U.S. holidays and on major holidays in countries that you will be visiting. If possible, avoid peak season and travel during the shoulder seasons that fall in September, January and April. Generally, you can save money by flying in the middle of the week or on Saturday afternoon. Additionally, it's usually cheaper to fly very early in the morning or late at night. Prices will vary based on supply and demand.

Booking your flight well in advance of your preferred departure date also can save



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