Posted: 10/22/2012 - The 2012 MoneyRates.com analysis of Best and Worst States for Retirement ranks U.S. states in accordance with their performance on retirement-relevant factors. This year’s study names Hawaii as the best state for retirees and Michigan as the worst. The study examined critical factors influencing the quality of retirement that can vary greatly by state. MoneyRates.com’s rankings are based on data about each state’s cost of living, property taxes, violent crime rates, property tax rates, climate, life expectancy for seniors, recent population growth in the senior demographic and unemployment. Michigan’s low ranking did not come from any one factor, but instead from being below-average in every measure in the survey. It was closely followed in the worst state rankings by Pennsylvania and Alaska. Weak economic and senior-population figures held Pennsylvania back in the standings, while Alaska’s crime, climate and economic scores – all of which were among the 10 worst surveyed – hurt its ranking. The 10 best states for retirement, according to MoneyRates.com’s 2012 study: 1. Hawaii 2. Idaho 3. Utah 4. Arizona 5. Virginia 6. Colorado 7. (tie) Florida 7. (tie) New Mexico 9. South Dakota 10. (tie) California 10. (tie) Texas The 10 worst states for retirement according to MoneyRates.com’s 2012 study: 1. Michigan 2. (tie) Pennsylvania 2. (tie) Alaska 4. Illinois 5. Massachusetts 6. (tie) Ohio 6. (tie) New York 8. Maine 9. Maryland 10. Rhode Island
Updated: 10/22/2012 - Hawaii is the Best US State for Retirement and Michigan is the Worst, According to New MoneyRates.com Study
Posted: 10/22/2012 - Chik Fil A and the Flying W Ranch are teaming up to raise money to help rebuild the ranch. All events will take place at the Chik Fil A on Garden of the Gods. 10/23- Kids Decorate Horseshoes that survived the fire 10/24- Native American Dancers 1026- Flying W Wranglers hold a free Concert. All events take place from 5-8pm.
Posted: 10/22/2012 - Winter is right around the corner and CDOT wants to encourage all motorists to be prepared. This week, October 21-27 is Colorado Winter Weather Awareness Week. CDOT and the Office of Emergency Management are offering some tips on how to prepare your vehicle and yourself for the cold weather. They say the first step in preparing for winter is ensuring that you have an emergency kit in your car in case you are stranded. If you find yourself stranded experts recommend staying in your car, turn on your flashers, call for help and wait until it arrives. Your emergency kit should include the following: • Flares/reflectors to signal for help and warn other motorists • Sturdy scraper/snow brush/snow shovel to clear snow • Battery or crank-powered radio to listen to emergency broadcasts • Flashlight with extra batteries or crank-powered flashlight • Survival blanket or sleeping bag • Chemical hand warmers • Extra set of clothes, including coat, hat, mittens, boots, etc. • Water for each person and pet in your car • Food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars; canned fruit and a portable can opener • First Aid Kit and essential medications • Tire chains and tow strap • Non-clumping kitty litter/sand for traction • Jumper cables • Extra cloth or paper towels for cleanup if necessary • Deck of cards or board game for entertainment In addition to the emergency kit, be sure to check your vehicle now and before any road trip to make sure it is in safe operating condition. • Windshield Wiper Fluid • Heater/Defroster • Wiper Blades • Antifreeze • Lights • Fuel System and a Full Tank of Gas • Ignition • Exhaust System • Tire Tread • Battery Brakes In addition to the emergency kit and vehicle preparedness, it is important for motorists to keep speeds down during inclement weather and give snow plows room to do their job. Motorists are also encouraged to plan ahead when traveling by calling 511 or visiting www.cotrip.org for real-time road information.
Posted: 10/22/2012 - Nissan is recalling certain model year 2012 and 2013 Altima vehicles that total about 13,900 because their bolts could become loose and fall out, increasing the risk of a car crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that the vehicles may have been equipped with transverse link bolts and power steering rack bolts that were not torqued to proper specification. The vehicles were made from May 10 through July 26. Dealers will tighten the bolts to the proper specifications. The recall is expected to begin on or about Oct. 29. Owners with questions may call Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
Posted: 10/21/2012 - Early Voting for the General Election begins Monday, October 22 and will continue through Friday, November 2. The Clerk & Recorder’s Office has four convenient locations for voters who wish to cast their ballot prior to Election Day on November 6. The Early Voting sites and hours of operation are shown below. Each location also will have a ballot drop-off box for voters to return their Mail-In Ballot. Clerk & Recorder’s Main Office Citizens Service Center 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Suites 1019 & 1020 October 22, 2012 - November 2, 2012 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Clerk & Recorder’s Southeast Branch Office (southeast corner of Powers and Airport) 5650 Industrial Place October 22, 2012 - November 2, 2012 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Chapel Hills Mall (north side near JCPenney) 1710 Briargate Boulevard, Suite 350 October 22, 2012 - November 2, 2012 Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2012 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. The Citadel Mall (southwest entrance) 750 East Citadel Drive, Suite 2308 October 22, 2012 - November 2, 2012 Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2012 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Posted: 10/19/2012 - JUSTICE FOR JESSICA DAY THIS SUNDAY OCTOBER 21st. COLORADO SPRINGS HOUSE OF BOUNCE NOON TO SIX PM. FIFTY PERCENT OF ADMISSONS & CONCESSIONS GOES TO THE FAMILY OF JESSICA RIDGEWAY, THE TEN YEAR OLD GIRL ABDUCTED ON OCTOBER FIFTH IN WESTMINSTER COLORADO AND MURDERED. COLORADOSTRONG WILL BE THERE SELLING WRISTBANDS WITH ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF THEIR SALES DONATED TO THE RIDGEWAY FAMILY.
Updated: 10/18/2012 - Some voters are receiving two election ballots in the mail and are not sure what to do. Election officials say it’s something that happens each election to less than one percent of voters. But they want to reassure voters they are prepared for it and that no one will get to cast two votes. The ballot has to go through four steps before the vote is counted. Election officials say it won’t make it past the first step. That’s because each ballot has a bar-code, and that bar-code is registered to a specific voter. They say the computer that scans the ballots is designed to make sure only one ballot is counted for each voter. If you receive two ballots, call election officials. There is a number on the ballot that you can read them, and they can tell you which ballot to fill out, and which to shred. You can reach them at 575-VOTE (8683) You can also check to see if the election office received your mail-in ballot by visiting: www.GoVoteColorado.com It's not too late to apply for Mail-In Ballots. The deadline is Oct. 30th. If you want to watch how the mail ballot process works just visit the you-tube link below. For information about any other election questions visit: http://car.elpasoco.com/Election/Pages/2012Elections.aspx
Updated: 10/17/2012 - Seniors are still picking up the phone and fall victim to what’s called the “Grandparent Scam.” The caller convinces the older adult their grand kid is in trouble and asks them to wire emergency cash. Here are some ways to protect yourself: -Seniors should ignore the warning not to tell anyone and call and check on their grand kids anyway -Ask the called detailed questions that only family knows -Get the names and numbers of the people demanding money; if they refuse to give it to you, you know it’s a scam -Once you realized you’ve been scammed, contact the wire service immediately and ask them to sop payment on your check. The most helpful thing any of us can do is spread the word to our parents, neighbors, and friends. If you get a call like this, you are asked to report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-382-4357 or www.ftc.gov.