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  1. DBJ Dine-N-Drink Madness: Toast your favorite beverage brands starting today
    So what'll ya have, Colorado? Coors or New Belgium Brewing? Infinite Monkey Theorem wine or Stranahan's whiskey? Leopold Brothers spirits or Colorado Cider? Your call. The Denver Business Journal's Dine-N-Drink Madness, our tournament-style popularity contest of Colorado beverage and food companies, kicks off Round 2 today. We've been asking DBJ readers to vote for their favorite local food and drink purveyors. (Are you new to Dine-N-Drink Madness? Click here for a contest overview and details.) Last…
  2. Peyton Manning's record boosts ratings for NBC's 'Sunday Night Football'
    Quarterback Peyton Manning put up a lot of points for the Denver Broncos Sunday night — and scored high ratings for NBC and local affiliate KUSA-9News as well. During the 7:30 p.m. time slot, and hour into the game, nearly 1.4 million people in the Denver market were watching Manning break Brett Favre's touchdown pass record with his 509th career six-point toss to DeMaryius Thomas in the second quarter. In fact, 71.1 percent of all people over age 2 who were watching TV in the Denver market…
  3. Chipotle sets record for same-store sales growth
    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. reported same-store sales growth of 19.8 percent for the third quarter of 2014 on Monday — the biggest quarterly boost since the Denver-based burrito chain went public in 2006. For the three-month period ending Sept. 30, overall revenue at Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) rose 31.1 percent to $1.08 billion. Net income totaled $130.8 million, or $4.15 per diluted share, a boost of 56 percent from the third quarter of 2013. Revenue over the first three quarters jumped to $3.04 billion,…
  4. AECOM completes $6B buy of engineering rival URS
    URS Corp. — one of Colorado's largest engineering firms — is now owned by rival AECOM Technology Corp., which also has a local presence, with the closing of Aecom's $6 billion acquisition of San Francisco-based URS. The two California-based construction-engineering and design giants completed their merger Friday, a day after shareholders for both companies approved the deal. The acquisition makes Los Angeles-based AECOM (BNYSE: ACM) the largest publicly-traded company based in that city,…
  5. Solar power prices are dropping fast, NREL says
    The price of solar power panels dropped as much as 19 percent nationwide in 2013 and are expected to drop by as much as 12 percent in 2014, according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden. The price of solar power panels for utility-scale projects fell below $2 per watt in 2013 and have continued to drop in 2014 to about $1.80 per watt — 59 percent below 2010 prices, according to the report. "There is still considerable uncertainty as to how low PV [photovoltaic]…
  6. Denver Restaurant Week cutting days, returning to one time period in 2015
    The experiment splitting Denver Restaurant Week into two separate weeks in the winter and summer has ended after just one year. Organizer Visit Denver announced Monday that the annual celebration of dining will return to its traditional late-February run in 2015. And rather than 14 days of dining deals at eateries across town, it will compress to 10 days, encompassing two weekends and the week in between, from Feb. 20 through March 1. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the popular event in 2014,…
  7. Vail gets federal go-ahead to build summer activity center
    Vail Mountain received official approval Monday to build out Epic Discovery, its planned summertime activity area at the ski resort that now relies extremely heavily on winter visitors for its income. The U.S. Forest Service, given authority in a 2011 bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mark Udall to issue permits on federal land for activities other than Nordic and alpine skiing, published a final record of decision for Epic Discovery, the first proposal submitted to the federal agency under the new law. That…
  8. Colorado Supreme Court: Legislature can alter PERA cost-of-living payments
    The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Colorado Legislature could alter cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments for PERA retirees. The court reversed the Colorado Court of Appeals' finding and ruled that the Legislature's 2010 modification to the COLA formula — Senate Bill 10-001 — was constitutional. The Colorado Attorney General's Office represented the state and Gov. John Hickenlooper in the case. In its opinion, the Colorado Supreme Court said that "the 2010 PERA legislation did…
  9. Longmont could still be sued over oil and gas rules despite deal to drop case
    A deal to drop a lawsuit over Longmont's 2012 oil and gas rules doesn't protect the city from future suits over those regulations — or other cities that might consider copying Longmont's rules — despite the city's statements to the contrary, according to two of the parties involved in the case and a longtime Denver oil and gas attorney. The deal, announced last week, ended legal action between the state, Longmont, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA), Earthworks and the Sierra Club. It…
  10. Alpine Waste & Recycling offers new life for old campaign signs post-election
    This year's election commercials will end, eventually, and so will the calls, mailers and knocks at the door — but what about the yard signs? What's to become of them? Alpine Waste & Recycling of Commerce City has a plan. The company will collect the signs for recycling until Nov. 18, the company said Monday. Alpine believes it's the only Denver-area yard-sign recycler. Alpine will accept campaign signs made of rigid, corrugated plastic. Flimsy plastic (LDPE) signs are not recyclable at this…