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Colorado business owners adapt to COVID realities, prepare for future

CBS News is chronicling what has changed for the lives of Americans in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID shutdown was a devastating way to start the year for many Colorado businesses reliant on tourism. 

International travel was blocked, locals stayed home, and employees were difficult to maintain — especially when federal unemployment paid more than hourly wages  for many. 

But now, many business owners feel they’ve survived the worst and are looking forward to winter.

Dustin Dyer, co-owner of Kent Mountain Adventure Center (KMAC) in Estes Park, said business this spring and summer was better than he expected, despite COVID, though still down 30-40% compared to past years.

Dyer said one enduring effect of the pandemic has been difficulty hiring staff, which has put a strain on employees.

“We’re kind of working with this skeleton crew,” he said.

Dyer’s employees are responsible for customer safety, so they require

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Colorado model ordinance aims to simplify online sales tax

Recently, the Colorado Municipal League in tandem with businesses and the state’s Department of Revenue created a model ordinance on economic nexus and marketplace facilitator laws to help simplify sales tax within the state. Localities that adopt it will align with the state’s economic nexus threshold for their local taxes. Colorado has historically had self-collected home-rule cities sales taxes, which required businesses to reach out to each home-rule city for their economic nexus rules.

“Colorado has two types of sales tax jurisdictions,” said Scott Peterson, vice president of U.S. tax policy and government relations at Avalara. “The majority are administered by the state, but there are more than 70 that administer their own sales tax. The point of the model ordinance is to get at those jurisdictions that have been doing it on their own.”

It all started with the Supreme Court’s decision inWayfairtwo years ago, which held

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Colorado Springs cooking school owners sell a line of spices and has classes about using them | Lifestyle

What started out as a cooking school has grown to include a successful spice business with a Spice of the Month Club, of which I’m a proud member.

Co-owners Cortney Smith and David Cook’s line of spice mixes and condiments is marketed as Gather Ingredients. They’ve used the spices in their various cooking classes, but they realized that students might end up knowing only one way to use a particular spice — in the class recipes.

So, a new series of classes was born. A single spice is the star of an hourlong presentation. Smith or Cook discusses its use in different styles of cuisines and demonstrates a recipe for tasting. Students get a package of the featured spice to take home.


Pueblo green chile crop is huge this year and a good reason to celebrate

I attended the August class, which featured adobo seasoning, and it was a real

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Century Casinos Successfully Reopened Live Table Games in Canada and Central City, Colorado and was Voted Denver’s Best Casino in Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Century Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq Capital Market®: CNTY) (“Century Casinos” or the “Company”), announced today that it successfully reopened live table games at Century Casino and Hotel in Edmonton, Canada; Century Casino Calgary, Canada; Century Casino St. Albert, Canada; and Century Casino and Hotel Central City, Colorado, between September 7, 2020 and September 11, 2020.

Century Casinos Logo (PRNewsfoto/Century Casinos, Inc.)

In Canada, Century Casinos continues comprehensive sanitizing and social distancing protocols based on Alberta Health Services guidelines and newly established industry standards at each property. Details about these measures are available in the COVID-19 Update section on each property’s website which can be accessed at www.cnty.com.

In Colorado, Gilpin County is one of three counties to receive certification to move to Colorado’s Protect Our Neighbors phase, expanding business operations. Live table games will

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Century Casinos Successfully Reopened Live Table Games in Canada and Central City, Colorado and was Voted Denver’s Best Casino in Colorado | Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 14, 2020 /CNW/ — Century Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq Capital Market®: CNTY) (“Century Casinos” or the “Company”), announced today that it successfully reopened live table games at Century Casino and Hotel in Edmonton, Canada; Century Casino Calgary, Canada; Century Casino St. Albert, Canada; and Century Casino and Hotel Central City, Colorado, between September 7, 2020 and September 11, 2020.

Century Casinos Logo (PRNewsfoto/Century Casinos, Inc.)

In Canada, Century Casinos continues comprehensive sanitizing and social distancing protocols based on Alberta Health Services guidelines and newly established industry standards at each property. Details about these measures are available in the COVID-19 Update section on each property’s website which can be accessed at www.cnty.com.

In Colorado, Gilpin County is one of three counties to receive certification to move to Colorado’s Protect Our Neighbors phase, expanding business operations. Live table games will be open daily with approved health and

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Count votes before talking about Colorado high school football, Gov. Polis

Thank you, Denver Nuggets.

Up until Friday night’s season-saving comeback from 16 points down against the Los Angeles Clippers, there wasn’t a whole lot of sunshine this week in the world of Colorado sports. (Actually, there was snow.)

From the “As the World Turns” daytime drama surrounding the fate of Colorado high school football, to Von Miller’s potentially season-ending tendon injury, to the Rockies’ persistent nosedive —  we needed that, Nuggs.

We needed that bad.

Gov. Jared Polis — D+

Once upon a time, we expected our politicians to think before they spoke. That’s apparently too much to ask these days.

In what essentially amounted to one big 24-hour tease, Polis floated the possibility Tuesday of Colorado high school football returning this fall — then watched as CHSAA’s governing board unanimously voted down the idea less than 24 hours later.

A few days after that? Fall football was back on

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After 16 years in the retail business, Colorado Springs boutique owner seeks new buyer | Woodmen Edition

For 16 years, abaTina Boutique has been a beloved local spot for customers to browse, shop, and find a little bliss in Colorado Springs. Owner Tina Fredrickson spent those years pouring her heart and soul into the store and building lifelong relationships with customers. Now, she believes it’s time to move on.

In a recent newsletter, Fredrickson and her daughter and store manager, Jen Johnstone, announced they are looking for a passionate individual interested in buying abaTina.

“We are looking to hand the reins over to a new buyer who will take what we’ve built, bring their unique charms to it, and propel abaTina Boutique to even greater heights,” the letter stated.

“If you, or a group of you, have ever dreamed of owning your own boutique, the timing of our decision couldn’t be better. We are just about to enter the most profitable time of year for retail, and

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Masala Spatula a Colorado Springs cottage business of Indian spices and cooking classes | Cheyenne Edition

Payal Sathe has proven herself to be adept at not only starting a small business, but keeping it afloat and successful during the trials of the current pandemic.

Her business, Masala Spatula, focuses on showcasing Indian cuisine through the sale of Indian spice blends that each come complete with tasty yet simple recipes. Gradually she has expanded by offering in-home cooking classes and custom-made gift baskets.

Sathe arrived in Boulder from India as a newlywed in 2008. She had already received a law degree in India, and went on to earn a master’s in law from the University of Denver in 2010. Along came three children, and Sathe enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom. In 2017, her family moved to the Briargate area in Colorado Springs due to her husband’s employment. Eventually Sathey ealized: “I need to do something!” to complement her role as wife and mother.

Sathe always made her

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