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This week's Colorado AP Member Exchange Digest. Please see national digests for other enterprise.
SNOW SPORTS BUSINESS
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Colorado Mountain College Ski and Snowboard Business program Director Michael Martin has been in the industry two decades, and now, he and the school are offering something brand-new to their students — a program that will grow drastically in the coming semesters. Two years ago — in partnership with SnowSports Industries America — the business program started devising a certification course that would begin as an on-campus entity and, upon graduation, would be able market students in a very specific manner. By Ben Ingersoll, Steamboat Pilot & Today.
COLORADO COMPUTER NEEDS
DURANGO — Go Code Colorado is asking computer coders for help in organizing the state's vast stores of data. The Colorado Secretary of State's Business Intelligence Center and the Governor's Office are sponsoring Go Code Colorado with the goal of making government data more accessible and helpful to businesses. By Chuck Slothower, Durango Herald.
BOULDER — Tens of thousands of dog owners may need to re-apply for licenses and attend a class on the rules of the program that allows dogs to walk off-leash on many Boulder open space trails. Dogs with special tags are supposed to be under voice and sight control of their owners, but there is no requirement that owners demonstrate that level of control. A city study of compliance found roughly half of dogs didn't come when called, though advocates for dogs on open space criticized the study's methodology. By Erica Meltzer, Boulder Daily Camera.
GREELEY — For the past two decades, Mark Fellini's Old West Leather and Beads Co. in Greeley has been much more than a shop. Fellini's youngest daughter took her first steps on its wooden floors. He met his wife when she came for a repair. His customers turned into friends. Now Fellini is closing it for good, a decision based not on economics but on his desire to play a different role in his community. He'll dedicate his time to working as the operations pastor at the Northern Colorado Cowboy Church in Lucerne — a much bigger project in his eyes than his saddle work, chaps and belts. By Whitney Phillips, Greeley Tribune.
VAIL — Building a long-desired underpass between Vail's frontage roads is the biggest public works project the town has seen in a long time, so officials are taking a long, hard look at just where to put it. The underpass is going to require a lot of excavation, lowering the North Frontage Road by 15 feet in places in addition to digging under Interstate 70. By Scott Miller, Vail Daily.