Wed March 2, 2011

Xcel Gets Earful from Solar Companies at Capitol Hearing

Before a panel of state lawmakers Wednesday, Xcel Energy defended its plan to dramatically cut subsidies that have made it easier for the utility’s customers to install solar panels on their roofs.  Colorado solar companies say the move has effectively frozen the market and they've filed a motion asking state utility regulators to reinstate the rebates.

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Wed February 2, 2011

Weld County to Appeal Operation Number Games Ruling

The Weld County District Attorney’s office is appealing a December ruling that put an end to Operation Number Games, a crackdown on illegal immigration and identity theft based off tax records.

A lawyer filed a notice of appeal on behalf of Weld County DA Ken Buck and Sheriff John Cooke on January 31. At issue is a civil court case initiated by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado on behalf of Amalia Cerillo, a Greeley tax preparer.

A judge issued a temporary injunction that put a stop to efforts last April, and in December that ruling became permanent.

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Thu January 27, 2011
Jobs and the Economy

Job Market Picking Up for Colorado Graduates

Mark Koepke, Latin America sales manager for Geo-Eye, says his company prefers to hire recent college grads.
Kirk Siegler

This week we visited a job fair in Larimer County where a number of frustrated job seekers were still struggling to find work, even as the economy appears to be headed toward recovery. Today, we check in with prospective job seekers about to enter the market for the first time. KUNC's Kirk Siegler visits a job fair at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where things appear to be looking up.  


Tue January 25, 2011

Poudre School District to Weigh Beattie Elementary Closure

Beattie Elementary School
Poudre School District

The Poudre School District Board will vote on a recommendation to close an elementary school tonight.

Beattie Elementary in Fort Collins has 282 students right now. If the proposed plan moves forward, the majority of kids would be absorbed into two other schools. The plan would save the cash-strapped district $363,000 per year.

“I have not thought a lot about those dollars that are going to be saved, even though they would be saved every year and would add up,” said PSD Board President Nancy Tellez. “For me the issue here is about what kind of education kids are getting.”

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Tue January 25, 2011

State of the Union to Stress Jobs while Unemployed Struggle

The Northern Colorado Networking Group's job fair attracted more than 300 people--100 more than organizers expected.
Grace Hood

A recent poll by the Associated Press says more than half of all Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama's handling of the economy. That news comes just before he delivers his State of the Union speech, which will emphasize job creation.

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