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Should Marijuana Businesses Get Tax Deductions?

A bill has been introduced in the US Senate that would allow marijuana businesses, that are operating in states with legalized marijuana, to utilize common business tax deductions and credits. Senator Cory Gardner is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan bill called the Small Business Tax Equity Act.  If passed, the bill would allow marijuana Continue reading

CO Officials Respond To Trump’s Paris Decision

Colorado elected officials offered mixed reactions yesterday following President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, an international agreement concerning climate change and carbon emissions. Rep. Ken Buck praised the President, calling the pull-out “a win for Colorado”, while Senator Michael Bennet and Governor John Hickenlooper said they believe the Continue reading

Dinosaur Contributes Millions To Local Economies

Dinosaur National Monument contributed more than $20 million to local economies in 2016, that according to a new report from the National Parks Service.  More than 304,000 people visited the park in 2016, and they spent over $18 million in Continue reading

WYO Coal Production Up, Jobs Down

Wyoming coal production is up so far this year according to numbers from the Wyoming State Geological Survey. State coal production in the first quarter of 2017 rose by 15 million tons when compared to the same time period last year. Powder River Basin Continue reading

Colorado Coal Production Hits 40 Year Low

Numbers show Colorado coal production hit a 40 year low in 2016, falling by nearly 40 percent from 2015. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, nationwide production fell by almost 18 percent.  Colorado Continue reading

U.S. May Look At Economics Of Recreation

outdoorrecreationThe US Government may begin tracking the economic effects of Outdoor Recreation now that the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act has passed the House of Representatives. The bill, which was co-sponsored by Colorado Senator Cory Continue reading

A “Better Way” To Improve The Economy

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Yesterday, in part one of our interview with Congressman Tipton, he gave Wild West Radio an overview of The Better Way Program, which is House Republicans response to policies enacted by the Obama administration. Today congressman Tipton focuses on how the plan is intended to improve the economy and create new jobs. That Continue reading

Coal Jobs Down 50% Since 2011

coalplugAccording to some estimates, the number of coal jobs in the United States has decreased by almost 50% since the peak in 2011. This has caused unemployment to rise in areas of the country like Wyoming and Northwest Colorado, who depend heavily on coal production. These lost jobs are the result of the falling price of coal, which is currently at a 30 year low, and increased federal and environmental regulations. Experts are uncertain whether Continue reading

Craig Station Unit One To Close By End Of 2025

Craig_StationTri-State Generation and members of the Yampa Project announced this week that they will be shutting down the Nucla Station and Craig Station Unit 1 over the next decade, as part of an agreement with the Colorado Department Of Public Health and other groups including the EPA and the Wild Earth Guardians. According to the public health department, shutting down these coal fired power plants will remove millions of tons of air pollution per year. The 100 megawatt Nucla Station that is owned and operated by Tri-State will be closed down by the end of 2022. Along with the power plant, the Horizon Mine, also owned by Tri-State, and supplies coal to the Nucla Station, will also close. Craig Station Unit 1 will be shut down by the beginning of 2026. Units 2 and 3 at Continue reading

Local Unemployment Rate Information

colorado laborThe Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has release the latest information on Colorado’s Employment situation. According to its report, the State wide unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point in November to 3.6 percent. The number of Coloradans Continue reading

Shop Small Businesses This Saturday

scott-tipton-AT-KRAI-300Highlighting the positive impacts small businesses have on communities across the nation, Congressman Scott Tipton yesterday encouraged his constituents to participate in Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has become the traditional day to show support for local businesses and recognize their impact on communities.  Tipton stated that “Shopping small is a sure way to find unique, high quality items, and it’s a great opportunity Continue reading

Mining Will Continue at Colowyo – Assessment Filed

coalThe Interior Department’s Environmental Assessment of the South Taylor Pit of Colowyo Mine was signed by Assistant Secretary of the Interior Janice Schneider and has been officially filed. Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe said he received a phone call from Janice Snyder of the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) to let him know that the timely filing fulfills the order by U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson, who gave the Office of Surface Mining 120 days to bring the permit into compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The new assessment shows that the mine’s operations do NOT create a significant environmental impact. The filing brings to a close the events that lead to the fear in Northwest Colorado that mining operations at Colowyo would cease, put 220 miners out of work and devastate local economies.

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