Wed October 22, 2014

Colorado Ahead Of Neighbors In New Energy Efficiency Rankings

The ACEEE report ranked 50 states and the District of Columbia on their energy efficiency efforts.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

In terms of energy efficiency, Colorado is doing better than its neighbors.

That's according to a new report out by the energy policy nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The annual report ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on their energy efficiency policies and efforts. Colorado ranks 13, with Massachusetts leading the pack and North Dakota coming in last.

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Wed October 22, 2014

Front Range Leading Colorado Job Growth In 2014

Colorado Dept. of Labor and Employment

As voters weigh economic issues ahead of the November election, Colorado’s job growth is continuing its steady upward trend. Economists with the Leeds School of Business at CU- Boulder say Colorado ranks fourth in the nation for employment growth.

The state added 14,600 jobs in September, marking the 35th consecutive month of job gains.

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Wed October 22, 2014

Opponents Are Clearly Ahead In Colorado's Prop 105 Ad Spend

Credit Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Colorado's voters continue to be pounded by multimillion dollar political advertising campaigns, often with the two candidates or issue opponents fairly evenly matched, with no respite in sight until Election Day.

But on one particular issue the campaign ads are entirely lopsided. Labeling genetically modified food, commonly called GMOs – meaning "genetically modified organisms" – is on the ballot as Proposition 105, and has become a nearly $12 million issue.

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Wed October 22, 2014
Mountain Living

Summit County Middle Class Feels The Squeeze Of Attainable Housing

The Wellington Neighborhood in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Summit County has distinct advantages like sprawling mountain vistas and world class ski resorts, making it a prime vacation spot. But for the county's educated middle class, living there full-time, there are disadvantages to calling the county home.

Making ends meet, and buying a home here, is harder than it looks.

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Wed October 22, 2014

Farmers Gear Up For Record Harvest, Brace For Lower Prices

Nationwide, farmers are expected to harvest record-breaking amounts of corn and soybeans this year.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

U.S. farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But all that productivity has a big financial downside: plunging prices that have many Midwest farmers hoping to merely break-even on this year’s crop.

Farmers will haul in 4 billion bushels of soybeans and 14.5 billion bushels of corn, according to USDA estimates. Those are record-breaking numbers, made possible by producers planting more corn and soybean acres and near-perfect weather in the Corn Belt.

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