Colorado economy

NEWS
3:29 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Colorado Unemployment Falls, But State Still Loses 700 Jobs

The state released its latest employment outlook Friday. 

Colorado’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.1 percent in July. That’s the lowest it's been since September 2008. It’s also a full percentage point below the nation’s unemployment rate that sits at 6.1 percent. 

However, Colorado did see a dip in nonfarm and private sector payroll jobs. That number decreased by 700 from July to August.

Joe Winter is a senior economist with the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment.

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NEWS
11:15 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Gov. Hickenlooper Talks Economy On Western Slope

Governor John Hickenlooper during a tour of DIP in Delta
Credit Jake Ryan

Over the weekend, Governor John Hickenlooper visited several businesses on the Western Slope.  In Delta County he toured business that received REDI grants.  The Rural Economic Development Initiative gives out grants to rural businesses that are looking to expand. 

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NEWS
10:25 am
Sat July 19, 2014

States That Raised Minimum Wage See Faster Job Growth, Report Says

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (right) and Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess cut a cake to celebrate city's raised minimum wage.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 8:24 am

New data released by the Department of Labor shows that raising the minimum wage in some states does not appear to have had a negative impact on job growth, contrary to what critics said would happen.

In a report on Friday, the 13 states that raised their minimum wages on Jan. 1 have added jobs at a faster pace than those that did not. The data run counter to a Congressional Budget Office report in February that said raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as the White House supports, could cost as many as 500,000 jobs.

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NEWS
4:40 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Colorado Unemployment Continues To Fall

Credit Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining & Safety

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in June. It's below the national average of 6.1 percent. 

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said the last time the state's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent or lower was October 2008 when the rate was 5.3 percent. 

Nonfarm payroll jobs increased by over 3,000 from May to June to 2,446,800 jobs, according to the department. Colorado has seen 32 consecutive months of payroll job gains. 

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NEWS
3:33 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Majority Of Delta Hospital Patients Covered By Medicare, Medicaid

Jason Cleckler, Hospital Administrator for the Delta County Memorial Hospital
Credit Marty Durlin/KVNF

As the Affordable Care Act takes effect this year, Delta County Memorial Hospital Administrator Jason Cleckler is navigating uncertain terrain.

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NEWS
9:54 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Later Bar Hours On Tap At The Colorado Capitol

Barkeep and patrons enjoy an evening at a Denver establishment. A new bill at the statehouse is proposing extending closing times past 2 a.m.
Thomas Hawk Flickr - Creative Commons

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 5:13 pm

Could closing time change for your local watering hole? That's a statehouse proposal under consideration, allowing Colorado communities to decide whether to extend bar hours. Some feel a change to the law could do more harm than good.

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NEWS
8:24 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Colorado Imposes Food Safety Rules On Marijuana Industry

A marijuana plant glows purple under grow lights at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, Colo.
Luke Runyon/KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Colorado made history when it opened up licensed marijuana retail shops this year. Aside from just legalizing the purchase of smoke-able marijuana, it also means pot brownies have the potential to be big business.

Food products infused with marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, are available in stores across the state.

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NEWS
12:52 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

"Uranium Drive-In" Tells Story of Struggling But Hopeful West End

The proposed uranium mill would be located in Colorado's Paradox Valley in western Montrose county, but as for now Energy Fuels has no plans to move forward with the project.
Credit San Juan Huts Day 5 via Flickr (CC BY-SA)

Residents from Montrose County’s West End recently gathered for a screening of “Uranium Drive-In,” a documentary that tells the story of the ill-fated Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill, and a tight-knit community desperate for jobs and some hint of a brighter economy.

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NEWS
11:52 am
Mon January 20, 2014

A Regional Look At Retail Marijuana

James Leonard, owner of the Doctor's Garden, Carbondale's first outlet for retail marijuana sales. Leonard's medical dispensary opened for recreational sales on January 15.
Credit Doug Tucker

The first batch of Colorado's recreational marijuana stores opened this month on New Years Day in Telluride, Breckenridge and Denver among other places, marking the beginning of what's expected to be a multi-million dollar industry.

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NEWS
1:23 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Roaring Fork Valley's First Recreational Pot Shop Opens

Doctor's Garden owner James Leonard on the first day of retail sales
Credit KDNK

The first recreational marijuana shop west of Breckenridge along I-70 is now open for business in Carbondale.

KDNK's Ed Williams reports that long lines and high taxes are not deterring a steady stream of customers at the shop, called the Doctor's Garden.

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COMMUNITY
2:45 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Local Motion: Rural Movie Theaters Facing Costly Upgrades to Stay Open

Outside the Paradise Theatre on Grand Ave in Paonia
Travis Bubenik/KVNF

For this episode of Local Motion, we take a look at the plight of rural movie theaters in Colorado. 

The film industry has by and large mandated that starting this year, first-run movies (the blockbusters like "Frozen") will only be distributed digitally. The 35 mm films of old are on their way out and digital films are on their way in. 

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NEWS
8:51 am
Tue December 31, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Headlines:

  • Silt Officials Apprehensive about Town's New Pot-Friendly Image
  • State of Colorado May Be Willing to work on Western Slope Economy
  • Roaring Fork Valley Students to use Cloud-Based Technologies
  • Profile on Meg Olenick, a Carbondale-Based Winter Athlete
  • Ridgway State Park to Parcitipate in New Years Day Hiking Event
  • Boulder Researchers Working on "Smart-Plow" Technology
NEWS
8:41 am
Mon December 23, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, December 23, 2013

Headlines:

  • Civil Suit Filed against GJ Airport Administration
  • Grand Mesa Plane Crash Victims Were Looking for Lost Cattle
  • Future of Pot Shops in Mountain Village Still Undecided
  • Ouray Residents to weigh in on City Administrator's Performance
  • Future of Mining & Drilling Uncertain Across Western Slope
  • State Economy Has Some Bright Clouds
NEWS
5:20 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Colorado's Growth, Employment Positive Heading Into 2014

For Nov. 2013, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 4,200 over the month from October to November to 2,378,900 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 2,900 and government increased 1,300.
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 3:11 pm

There’s good news for Colorado’s economy going into 2014, the latest economic forecast is projecting solid growth. The state’s employment rate also continues to grow faster than the nation’s.

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NEWS
8:15 am
Wed December 11, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Headlines

  • BLM Finds Temp Location for Gunnison Office after Fire
  • Experts Examine Cost of Natural Disasters
  • Forget the Golf Course, Developers Use Farming to Sell Suburban Homes
  • Grand Junction Airport Authority Members Looking into Fraud Allegations
NEWS
10:28 am
Tue December 10, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Headlines

  • CPW Researchers Conducting Backcountry Flyovers
  • Some Miners Near Ouray Helping with Accident Investigation
  • Future of Coal Uncertain as Tennessee Valley Authority Cuts Production
  • Three Colorado Cities Facing Lawsuits Over Fracking Bans
  • Historic Schoolhouse Spurred Modern Women's Club
NEWS
8:15 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Future of Coal Uncertain as Tennessee Valley Authority Cuts Production

One of the North Fork Valley's three mining operations
Credit KVNF File Photo

It’s been a rough season for the coal mines of the North Fork Valley. Last week, Oxbow’s Elk Creek Mine in Somerset laid off another 115 workers, bringing the total number of jobs cut at that mine this fall to over 250.

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NEWS
9:36 am
Tue November 19, 2013

As Hollywood Goes Digital, Colo. Hopes To Save Rural Theaters

The Sands Theater in Brush got a $20,000 grant from the state, and will need to come up with an additional $30,000 to convert digitally.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 12:18 pm

Theater projectors are going where most of the dazzling special effects in summer blockbusters have gone: All digital. In 2014, Hollywood will no longer release movies on traditional film stock. Theaters must convert or be forced to close – including those in rural Colorado.

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NEWS
8:59 am
Tue November 19, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Headlines:

  • Investigation Begins into Deaths of 2 Miners at Revenue-Virginus Mine
  • Enviromental Critics Say New Air Quality Moves are Purely Political
  • Industry Proponents Reserving Judgement on Air Quality Rules, For Now
  • Median Income in Delta County Ranks in Bottom Third of the State
  • Over 53,000 Coloradans Now Enrolled in New Health Exchange
NEWS
8:21 am
Mon November 18, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, November 18, 2013

Headlines:

  • 2 Dead, 20 Injured at Mine Accident in Ouray County
  • GJ High School Locked Down after Nearby Suicide
  • Tipton’s Water Rights Protection Bill To Get House Vote
  • Telluride Soda-Tax Campaigns Drew in over $148,000
  • Ban on Drone-Assisted Hunting Moves Forward
  • Future of Rural Movie Theaters Still Uncertain, Even with State Grants

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