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  1. From 9News: 9 things to do in Colorado this weekend (8 plus watching the Super Bowl)
    Yes, we know it's Super Bowl weekend (you can watch the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots battle for the Lombardi Trophy on 9News at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday). But there are also plenty of other things going on, from an International Snow Sculpture Championship (where there probably will not be a "deflategate" scandal) to a Steampunk celebration in Durango (which Tom Brady will not attend) to the chance to reconnect with lost loved ones (we're talking about a medium who is coming to Greeley). >…
  2. DBJ's top 10 slideshows of January: Who's hiring, healthiest employers and more
    Our look at the 10 local employers running the most help wanted ads topped our list of the Denver Business Journal's most popular slideshows and photo galleries of January. It was followed by metro Denver's healthiest employers, Colorado's best places to work as picked by Outside magazine, and the 20 best performing large cities. And two different sets of photos of luxury homes that were sold in late 2014 made the top 10. Here are January's most popular DBJ slideshows, ranked by reader views. (Some…
  3. Super Bowl: The Business Journals preview Sunday's big game
    The nation is gearing up for Sunday's Super Bowl clash between the defending-champion Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots in Glendale, Arizona. And the DBJ and our sister American City Business Journals news outlets are looking at the game from a variety of business angles. There have been buckets of stories ( click here for all of them), but here are some pieces we like the most. Sunday's big game begins at 4:30 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on NBC, carried locally by KUSA-9News. Denver >…
  4. Colorado oil and gas task force eyes many proposals on local control, fracking, setbacks
    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's oil and gas task force returns to Denver for two days of meetings Monday and Tuesday to begin hammering out proposals aimed at smoothing years of controversy over petroleum-industry operations that have encroached on Front Range communities. But many who have watched the group's months of meetings say they're skeptical the 21 members will be able to garner two-thirds support for any of the recommendations. The final report is due by the end of February. Nearly…
  5. Dish Network bids $10 billion on wireless frequencies
    Dish Network Corp. affiliates put down $10 billion to win wireless network frequency licenses in the federal government's just-closed frequency auction, nearly matching what mobile phone giant Verizon Communications bid and only being topped by AT&T Inc. in the spectrum grab. Overall, the Federal Communications Commission auction attracted $44.9 billion in winning bids, $18.2 billion from AT&T, $10.4 billion from Verizon and the $10 billion bid by two groups formed by Douglas County-based Dish (Nasdaq:…
  6. Chase banker credited with growing Colorado market dies
    Longtime Colorado banker Steve Shaffer, head of retail for Chase in Colorado, died Friday morning after a 10-month battle with leukemia. Shaffer, 60, is credited with growing Chase branches in Colorado from 38 in 2002 to 120 today, adding 1,000 jobs in the state. Shaffer convinced JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon in 2001 that Chase was too small in Colorado to be meaningfully competitive, so Dimon gave Shaffer the green light to grow the company's footprint here, said Chase spokeswoman Mary Jane…
  7. Fight over duty-free shops at DIA continues
    A dispute over Denver International Airport's lucrative contract with Dufry North America LLC to sell duty-free items at the airport this week moved into Denver District Court for a second time. The fight centers on allegations that DIA officials improperly communicated with and favored Dufry, also known as the Hudson Group, and its partners during the airport's bidding process for an operator to run the duty-free shops, a process that started in April 2013 and concluded last fall when the city…
  8. Unico buys 1.5 million square feet of office space in Boulder, Fort Collins
    Unico Properties LLC has purchased a 1.5-million-square-foot office portfolio of properties in Boulder and Fort Collins. The Boulder portfolio is comprised of 27 buildings that total more than 1 million square feet in the city's Pearl East Business park, Tierra Business Centre, Flatiron Business Center and Highpoint Business Park. "This transaction, at approximately 1.5 million square feet, represents the largest real estate transaction by square footage this cycle and it elevates Unico's position…
  9. Denver among top 10 ridesharing cities (Slideshow)
    Catching a ride using a mobile app is rapidly becoming the norm these days. That's especially true in Denver, which eked into the top 10 cities for ride-sharing, according to a new study by Zen99. Zen99, a company that offers tax and insurance tools to the self-employed, analyzed four key metrics to determine the best cities for ride-sharing: Percentage of population that uses public transit. Number of young people with disposable income, specifically 20- to 34-year-olds earning more than $65,000…
  10. FirstBank urges Super Bowl fans to 'deflate mortgages, not footballs'
    Lakewood-based FirstBank Holding Co., known for its quirky ad campaigns, has struck again. On Thursday, FirstBank put up a billboard outside of the University of Phoenix Stadium, where the Seattle Seahawks will take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, that says simply: "Deflate mortgages, not footballs." FirstBank has 15 locations in Arizona, and saw "deflate-gate" as an opportunity to promote its mortgage services in Arizona "in a humorous way," a spokeswoman said. The New…