Business

7:00am

Mon June 23, 2014
Transportation

CDOT To Start Work On I-70 Shoulder Express Lane In Fall

Winter congestion on I-70 Westbound
Colorado Department of Transportation Used With Permission

After the high of a powder-perfect ski weekend, Colorado downhillers returning to the Front Range often face the buzzkill of a traffic-clogged I-70 eastbound trip.

The state's Department of Transportation will start construction on a solution to that problem in a few months, spokeswoman Amy Ford said.

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5:00am

Mon June 23, 2014
Oil and Gas

As The Energy Boom Goes Urban, Wyoming Now Faces Many Of Colorado’s Challenges

Laramie County well locations and permit applications, May 2014.
Laramie County Planning Department

Oil and gas booms can seem remote, it’s not like they happen in your backyard.

Unless they do – take Laramie County, Wyoming, where a surge in well permitting threatens to bring drilling closer to a large number of homes. Although Wyoming has a long history with oil and gas, it’s almost always been in rural areas. A boom in Laramie County would change that and some say the state is ill-prepared to deal with the issues that arise when communities bump up against drilling.

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8:06am

Fri June 20, 2014
Oil and Gas

Colorado Oil And Gas Team Additions Means More Wells Get Inspected

A drilling operation near Frederick, Colo., August, 2013.
Jim Hill KUNC

In 2012, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which is responsible for keeping track of and inspecting the tens of thousands of oil wells in the state, had just 17 inspectors to examine over 47,000 active wells.

Now, the state has added 11 more inspectors, upping their capacity to where in 2013 they were able to inspect about half of the 53,000 active wells across the state.

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4:39am

Thu June 19, 2014
Agriculture

Agritourism A Growing Opportunity On The Farm

Blake Bohlender attended a three-day camp at Laughing Buck Farm near Fort Collins, Colo.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Farms aren't just for food any more. With the local food movement growing, more savvy farmers are putting a price tag on more than those organic tomatoes. They are instead marketing and selling the “farm experience” in the form of agritourism attractions.

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5:09am

Wed June 18, 2014
Social Entrepreneurs

Benefit Corporations Look Beyond The Profit Motive

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 6:53 am

Stephen Maydwell adjusts tins of Badger Balm before a machine fills them at the W.S. Badger Co. Inc. factory in Gilsum, N.H.
Jack Rodolico

A corporation has one core obligation: to make money. But some companies are signing a deal, promising to create not only profit but also a tangible benefit to society and the environment. They're called benefit corporations, and their movement has caught the ear of lawmakers across the country.

In the tiny town of Gilsum, N.H., you'll find the headquarters of W.S. Badger Co. Inc. The company makes all-natural cosmetics marketed under the name Badger Balm. When CEO Bill Whyte founded the company two decades ago, the staff was lean.

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