Business

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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5:00am

Wed June 18, 2014
Housing

Higher Rents May Turn Front Range Tenants Into Owners

A house for sale in the Denver suburb of Wheat Ridge, as seen in 2009
Bradley Gordon Flickr-Creative Commons

A Colorado Division of Housing 2014 first quarter report [.pdf] found that rents in many Front Range cities hit an all time high, with rents in the Loveland-Fort Collins metropolitan area jumping 17.2 percent from this time last year. Fort Collins average rent hit $1,183, and Denver's average rents are $1,073.

It turns out those high rental rates may also be affecting the local housing market, real estate agents say.

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7:22am

Tue June 17, 2014
Oil and Gas

How Property Law Could Affect The Colorado Frack Ban Debate

File photo. Gov. Hickenlooper has recently been working to drum up support for a compromise bill on local control of oil and gas regulations.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

As Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper weighs whether to call a special legislative session to deal with oil and gas issues, the issue of property rights is on his mind.

The governor has equated some of the recently passed bans and moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing to "…snatching the property of a citizen. Just taking it without due compensation."

While in some cases the courts could interpret fracking bans as taking away private property, getting to the point where a ban is ruled a taking of private property would be time consuming and costly, experts say.

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