The following are Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s prepared remarks for his final State of the State speech. The Democrat’s actual speech could vary. At a time when shouting seems to have replaced talking, and insults have replaced ideas, I want to start by honoring the men and women who join me in this chamber, and all those who have made it their life’s work to serve the people of Colorado — driven by an abiding desire to serve and make our great state even greater. ● President Grantham And, of course, to my amazing wife, Robin, who couldn’t be here today. To my incredible son, Teddy, and to all of my fellow Coloradans: We have so much to be thankful for. We thank our veterans and active service members and their families for their courage and sacrifice to the cause of freedom. We thank the members of the Colorado National Guard, more than 600 of whom were deployed overseas last year. We thank our Department of Public Safety, along with … [Read more...] about Full text of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s final State of the State speech
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Polo North Country Club Inc., owned by Glenn Straub, and a Colorado-based group have filed a notice of settlement for the sale of the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel. The notice, filed with the Atlantic County Clerk’s Office on Oct. 31, lists AC Ocean Walk LLC as the purchaser. According to state business records, the company is managed by the Colorado-based Ten RE ACNJ, run by Colorado-based businessman Bruce Deifik. No sales price was listed in the notice of settlement agreement. Deifik did not return messages on the proposed sale. Straub said he knows nothing about the document. “I can file anything — it doesn’t mean it’s true,” Straub said. Deifik is founder, president and CEO of Integrated Properties, Inc. The company was formed in April 1990 to handle acquisition, development, asset management, property management, leasing and disposition of commercial properties under the ownership of Deifik and his investment partners. The properties have … [Read more...] about Straub, Colorado based group file settlement for sale of Revel
NUCLA — Hardship rides the wind in the West End, a lonely basin where Colorado’s Uncompahgre Plateau joins Utah’s canyonlands. It started more than 30 years ago, when the collapse of the uranium market and the failure of the country’s nuclear-energy renaissance decimated the town of Uravan and idled mines along the region’s bountiful Uravan Mineral Belt. Now, the looming closure of the region’s largest employers — the Nucla power plant and New Horizon Mine, both owned by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association — promises even more calamity for the dwindling number of hardscrabble residents of the economically moribund Paradox Valley. But the threat of extinction has spurred hope in the West End, buoyed by innovation and a bohemian embrace of a new Montrose County economy that is betting big on hemp and tourism as it moves away from a heavy reliance on mining. It’s a scene unfolding across the West as rural … [Read more...] about Colorado Divide: Is hemp the answer for a rural county hoping to rely less on mining?
0 View Gallery View Comments Nobody should wake up Christmas morning without something under the tree. So The Gazette's Business staff is here to play Santa Claus - ready to hand out presents to employers, businesses, local governments and the like. We're not even worried if recipients have been naughty or nice; it's the spirit of giving that's important. With Christmas just a few hours away, and new business opportunities ahead in 2018, here are some gifts and well wishes for businesses, civic leaders and community members: - A Time Machine: To In-N-Out Burger. The popular California chain said in late November it finally would expand to Colorado - opening its first restaurant in Colorado Springs and building a distribution center, patty production plant and offices on the city's north side. In-N-Out's first restaurant could open in 2020. That's a long time to wait for a double-double burger. Instead, let's gift wrap Doc Brown's DeLorean from "Back to the Future" and hope … [Read more...] about Christmas gifts for the Colorado Springs business community
Three years ago, the Artifact Uprising team was in an anxious haze as the Denver startup made one of the biggest decisions it would face: The Exit. The photo-book site founded by two sisters in 2012 was acquired in January 2015 by a Bay Area firm seven times its size. Artifact Uprising quickly found out what it’s like to be part of a larger company. “Goodness, when you start a company — and remember, we were bootstrapped — it was just eight to 10 of us doing everything we could to keep the business running at a very rapid rate,” said Brad Kopitz, then-chief revenue officer and now the company’s CEO. “We didn’t even have health care.” As it turned out, health care and additional resources from Oakland, Calif., owner Visual Supply Co. helped the company make its next big decision in September: A new exit. Local management partnered with private equity firm Digital Fuel and bought the company back. … [Read more...] about Win some, lose some: 2017 was the Year of the Exit for many Colorado tech companies
HURRICANE – All is quiet at the LaVerkin hot springs these days.The bubbling waters still spout their way up into the Virgin River, the high heat and minerals throwing sulfuric aromas into the air, but gone are the voices of visitors who used to soak themselves in the man-made baths.The former “Pah Tempe Hot Springs” resort, tucked into the canyon carved by the river where it bisects Hurricane and LeVerkin, has fallen largely into disrepair after years of sporadic openings, with its longtime owner eventually losing it to bankruptcy and yielding control to local water managers.And for the first time in 30 years, all is quiet on the legal front. That former owner, Ken Anderson, lost his latest appeal to the U.S. 10th District Court of Appeals earlier this year, and his request for a second appeal was denied in May.“It seems we are at the end of the line in regards to saving the sacred Pah Tempe Hot Springs,” Anderson wrote in an email this week. “We … [Read more...] about 30-year fight over LaVerkin Hot Springs fizzles out
Signs of a slow and fitful recovery emerged in August in some communities across the country where unemployment dropped and foreclosures stabilized, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis of economic stress in more than 3,100 U.S. counties. The average county stress score fell slightly, and fewer counties qualified as economically distressed. But those glimmers of hope are providing scant benefit for most people suffering from the recession. Some of the statistical improvements in employment were inflated by seasonal jobs, workers who quit the labor force and temporary federal stimulus money. "It's pretty clear that even though the recession likely has ended, not too many people are likely going to be humming that Bobby McFerrin tune, 'Don't Worry, Be Happy,'" said Sean Snaith, an economist at the University of Central Florida. The latest results of the AP's Economic Stress Index showed the pain easing in some of the nation's hardest hit areas, such as Elkhart, … [Read more...] about 5 most financially stressed counties in U.S.
Citadel Broadcasting Corp., the nation's third-largest radio broadcasting company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday in an effort to restructure its hefty debt load.In documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Las Vegas-based Citadel listed total assets at Oct. 30 of $1.4 billion and total debt of $2.46 billion.Citadel owns and operates 224 radio stations and produces radio programing for 4,000 station affiliates and 8,500 program affiliates. Six Citadel stations are located in Colorado Springs, Colo.The company's largest shareholder, with a nearly 29 percent stake, is private equity firm Forstmann Little & Co.Creditors of some of its largest unsecured claims include The Walt Disney Co. with an $11.2 million claim. Join the Conversation: … [Read more...] about Citadel Broadcasting Corp files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
Friday, Sept. 29, would have been the date Vicki Madison lost everything.But days before her foreclosed home was scheduled to be auctioned, Madison filed chapter 13 bankruptcy and had the listing withdrawn — a move she says has left her both stressed and relieved."This is the last time I'm trying to save this house," said Madison, 60. "I'm too old. If this happens again, it's gone, and so am I."In August, Madison's story of her fight against foreclosure in a trending neighborhood captured the attention of readers, who both agreed and disagreed that the Germantown area where she lived had been gentrified, causing more developers to be interested in flipping its foreclosed homes. From the archives: Germantown's popularity soars with mix of old and new The August article explained that Madison had purchased her home on Mulberry Street for just $36,450 in 1985 and that she owed $110,000 on the property after refinancing her mortgage twice to pay down other … [Read more...] about ‘This is such a good city’: Louisville family thanks strangers who helped save their home
You may be subject to a background check by a private investigator when applying for a job. What are corporate employers looking for and what are your rights?Thomas Martin, President of Martin Investigative Services Inc. (martinpi.com), headquartered in Newport Beach, has been conducting background checks on behalf of corporations in the United States and abroad since 1982. A former supervisory federal agent with the Department of Justice, he taught interviewing, interrogation and related topics in 60 countries. Martin now leads a team of former FBI, DEA, IRS or Secret Service agents. Their pre-employment investigations – occurring largely in beverage, trucking and transportation and nursery/garden centers – are designed to curb theft of time, money or product.Not all investigative services favor such depth. Richard Decker, CEO of Criminology Consulting of Charleston in the Charleston suburb of Summerville, South Carolina, found as a PI that companies dig too far into … [Read more...] about WorkWise: PI’s doing background checks?