An increasing number of Coloradans are filing for bankruptcy in the wake of high medical costs. One Harvard study shows that medical-related problems contribute to as many as 60 percent of bankruptcies nationwide.

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A listeria outbreak in cantaloupes last fall that was traced to a southeastern Colorado farm killed thirty people and sickened dozens more in 28 states. The economic fallout from the tragedy has also been far reaching; consumer demand for melons dropped in half. Now with the spring planting season underway, farmers are looking to [...]

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Colorado is promoting its relatively healthy residents to lure new businesses to the state, arguing that able-bodied people are more productive and may cost less to insure.

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As winter releases its hold on the region and gives way to warmer temperatures and the green leaves of spring, we thought it an appropriate time to visit the topic of Parks and Open Space.

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Colorado’s latest revenue forecast shows signs of growth and a slight uptick in the economy. The better than expected quarterly forecast means lawmakers will have nearly 150 million additional dollars to work with in next year’s budget. Negotiations on how to spend that money are already underway. Bente Birkeland has more from the state [...]

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Colorado will pump millions of dollars into low-income housing and programs to help people in danger of foreclosure as part of a multi-billion dollar settlement with five large mortgage lenders. Companies include JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. State officials made the announcement today. Bente Birkeland has more from the state [...]

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We Were So Poor…

On March 14, 2012 By

After my grandmother died last month I had the somewhat daunting task of listening to and editing over 5 hours of interviews my mother conducted with her a decade ago. Along with the many familiar personal and family stories she told, I was also riveted by her many short accounts of life as [...]

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Colorado’s unemployment rate continues to slowly decline…and, state senators debated the role of government today and whether or not Colorado should help universities better coordinate college degrees with vacant jobs.

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Senate Democrats rejected a Republican attempt to legalize gold and silver coins as usable currency amid fears about the nation’s financial stability…The Bureau of Land Management has raised fees for two popular campsites along the Gold Belt Scenic Byway.

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Republicans at the state house say a bill that’s costing Colorado nearly $165,000 every day it doesn’t pass will soon be debated on the floor. The non-controversial measure has been sitting on the calendar for weeks. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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State lawmakers say it’s a financial hardship to serve in the state legislature, especially for rural lawmakers. This comes as many out-of-metro lawmakers are defending a recent increase in their daily cost of living expenses. Many legislators have opposed similar pay increases for state employees amid the economic downturn. As Bente Birkeland reports, it’s [...]

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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy electricity from a 67-megawatt wind project planned in northeast Colorado…The Fort Lyons medium-security prison is now closed, the Chieftain reports.

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Inside Bike Clinic Too

On February 6, 2012 By

In a city with as much sprawl and as little public transportation as Colorado Springs, getting around on little or no income can be an enormous challenge. Bicycle Clinic Too, a local non-profit that operates out of garage on Bijou Hill near downtown has stepped in to help address the problem.

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Movies are bound to be on many people’s minds as the Oscar race heats up in the coming weeks. But during this upcoming legislative session, it’s quite possible that movies will be on Colorado lawmakers’ minds for another reason. Governor John Hickenlooper has indicated that he wants to sweeten the deals aimed at luring [...]

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Colorado’s economy is slowly recovering and the latest economic forecast shows more revenue than lawmakers had budgeted for. Governor John Hickenlooper announced plans today to use the additional money to reduce cuts to education…and, the state labor department says Colorado’s unemployment rate was 8 percent during November, one-tenth of a percentage point lower than [...]

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State Budget Slammed as More Coloradans Need Medicaid

Jump to Southeastern Colorado’s County Numbers

By Carol McKinley
Colorado Public News

In the years since the recession started, another 280,000 Coloradans qualified for government assistance with health care through Medicaid. From Colorado Public News, Carol McKinley reports that the state has [...]

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State regulators unanimously approved a new rule today requiring oil and gas companies to publicly disclose the chemicals and fluids used in hydraulic fracturing. The oil and gas industry and the environmental community came together and brokered a compromise so all sides now support the rule…and, state auditors say 10 Colorado agencies could lose [...]

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The Memorial Health System Task Force will hold a town hall meeting tomorrow to give residents of Colorado Springs the opportunity to ask questions about leasing proposals for the Health System…and, foreclosures in Colorado are down steeply as 2011 nears an end.

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This month we’re going to spend the hour looking back at some of the topics we covered this year. There was a lot of overlap, stories that could have appeared in multiple episodes, and themes that kept popping up from topic to topic. Here are some of the conversations that took place this year [...]

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Lawmakers peppered Governor John Hickenlooper with economic development questions when he presented his budget for next year. The legislature’s bi-partisan joint budget committee is charged with crafting a budget. Similar to recent years, the budget will require significant cuts to government programs. The Governor has also set aside 6 million dollars for economic incentives. [...]

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Colorado foreclosures fell more than expected last month to a 42-month low in metropolitan counties…and, Denver Democrat Mark Ferrandino is poised to take over as his party’s next minority leader in the state house.

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It’s news that no one wants to hear, but have come to expect. Governor John Hickenlooper says more budget cuts to education are needed to balance next year’s budget. As Bente Birkeland reports, the Governor is already expecting serious resistance to some of the proposals he outlined this week.

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In the October edition of Western Skies we focus on the economic climate in the Pikes Peak Region. We had a roundtable discussion with Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor and Director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum Fred Crowley, and the Gazette’s economy and finance reporter, [...]

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