Friday, March 9, 2007
By comparison, Denver-Aurora saw a 0.8 percent decline in the fourth quarter of 2006 over the same period a year earlier, and Boulder had a 3.9 percent increase. Nationwide, 71 metro areas had price gains, including 14 with double-digit increases; 73 areas had price declines; and five were unchanged.
California-headquartered Coast Independent Review Board will host a job fair 9 a..m. to 2 p.m. March 22-23 at The Broadmoor hotel.
The company, whch monitors the safety of drugs and medical devices, is opening an operations center in Colorado Springs in May. Initially, Coast will hire 20 to 25 employees, from clerical and customer service reps to managers in operations, finance, regulatory compliance and customer service.
Coast plans to grow its local employee base to 50 by year's end and to 180 in the next five years.
For more information, see www.coastirb.com or call 1-949-900-3900.
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Lurgi Inc. will build the plant, and construction will take 18 months. When finished, the Yuma plant will annually refine about 38 million bushels of feedstock-grade corn into 105 million gallons of denatured ethanol.
That will displace about 2.5 million barrels of imported oil a year.
The other new ethanol refinery will be in Haskell County, Kansas. Aventine will market the ethanol produced at the plants.
Panda Ethanol is headquartered in Dallas and is developing six 100 million-gallon-per-year ethanol projects in Colorado, Kansas, Texas and Nebraska.
Four of the plants, including the one in Haskell County, will generate the steam used in the ethanol manufacturing process by gasifying 1 billion pounds of cattle manure each year.
Panda also is building its first biomass refinery in Hereford, Texas.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
AAA Colorado began in 1922, 20 years after nine auto clubs met in Chicago to form the American Automobile Association. There are 14 district offices in Colorado, including an office in Colorado Springs.
Last year, AAA Colorado responded to 420,988 calls for roadside assistance. The organization also promotes travel and is an advocate for traffic safety and mobility issues.
For more information, see www.aaa.com.
Of those that apply to CC, 38 percent are accepted, and of those 84 percent scored 600 or higher on the verbal and math components of the SAT, or 24 or higher on the ACT. CC's weakness in the ranking was its graduation rate - 77 percent of incoming freshmen graduated in four years and 82 percent in five years, which was the lowest grad rate among the colleges in the top 15.
from consumers in 33 states and eight countries, with many coming from military personnel claiming fraud over Dinar investment deals. The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado reports it is aware of one victim in this area. United World Exchange, doing business as "US Dinar," has been selling Iraqi Dinars through their Web site (www.usdinar.com) on the premise that buying the Dinars could be a great investment if the value of the Iraqi money were to increase. Consumers report that the company is not providing consumers with what they have purchased, nor is it giving the potential investors their money back.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
More than 30,000 Colorado residents have yet to claim their tax refund from the IRS for the 2003 tax year. Many of these refunds are not claimed because the individuals did not file a return thinking they did not need to, when in fact they had taxes taken out of their paychecks that they are entitled to get back. Unclaimed refunds totaling more than $2.2 billion nationally are awaiting about 1.8 million people who failed to file a federal income tax return for 2003, the IRS announced today. However, in order to collect the money, a return for 2003 must be filed with an IRS office no later than Tuesday, April 17, 2007. If those Colorado folks don't claim it, they lose the right to it, which means a loss of more than $36 million coming into the state. Contact the IRS at IRS.gov for help.
Claudia J. Gordon, president of the Physicians' Choice Transcription Service Inc. in Colorado Springs, said technology is not eliminating the job of medical transcriptionist. Rather, the job is evolving to that of editor.
"To expect physicians to type narratives for clinical notes, history and physicals, procedure notes, and discharge summaries is not only unrealistic it is counter-productive. Many physicians consider even the time spent in dictation of these notes as a 'necessary evil,' and for them to sit at a keyboard and enter the data is a poor use of their time.
"Since this kind of information still needs to be input by someone, we are brought to consider the subject of speaking into a computer and having technology generate documents containing those words (called 'voice recognition').
"The bottom line with this technology is:
1. The technology is still not where it needs to be in order to be accurate and cost-effective for the provider;
2. The technology will never be able to compensate for unclear speech and other extraneous sounds recorded in the dictation process.
"For someone to say that electornic medical records is cost effective because it replaces transcriptionists shows a lack of understanding of how the spoken word accurately becomes part of the patient record."
The speech at 7:30 p.m. in Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Innovative Minds Lecture Series fund. Greenfield will talk about “Social Responsibility, Radical Business Philosophy and Free Ice Cream.”
The series is designed to bring prominent innovators to the college.
Last week's speech by Steve Baker, author of "Pushing Water Uphill With a Rake, Memoirs of a Successful Failure," was canceled due to last Wednesday's snowstorm. No information is available on whether the address will be rescheduled. Check http://citti.uccs.edu/citti/events.php for updates.
Monday, March 5, 2007
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