Grapevine
12/28/2018
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In This Issue
Happy New Year
January Lunch and Learn
No E-Verify Due to Government Shutdown
Rate Increase for Florissant Fossil Beds
Activities Planned at Florissant Fossil Beds
FedEx Wherever You Are
It's a Winter Wonderland at Professional Building
New Equipment at Update Printing
CW Plumbing for Residential and Commercial Services
PC or Network Repair
Pet Food Pantry/Happy New Year
Country Lodge Entertainment
New Year's Eve at the Lodge
Adult Driving Program
Senior Book Club
New Sales Tax Collection Rules Extended
2019 Minimum Wage
Energy Efficient Home Designs
Shipping Needs at Pack N Ship
Looking for Office Space?
SOAR with Network Fundraising
Grapevine Deadline
Thank You to Our 2018
Leadership Council
Investors
Newmont




PBS Trust

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Black Hills 
Charis Logo
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Happy New Year from the Chamber
Happy New Year
In 2019, create your habit of GRATITUDE.  Take two minutes a day thinking of what you are grateful for and write it down in a journal.  If that gratitude includes someone in your life - send a text, email, personal note or phone call.  Let them know how grateful you are. This can include anyone - the cashier, the fast food employee, your mail person and so on.  Creating this habit will train your brain to become more optimistic and positive.  There are so many benefits to creating this habit...boosting energy, creating more happiness in your life and letting people know you care. Happy New Year Everyone! 
January Lunch and Learn
Techy Novice to Master
Learn How to Adjust the PR and Marketing "Gears" for 2019 
Presented by Mike Perini, Perini & Associates 
Lunch and Learn Flyer
Click HERE to register
Thursday, January 10, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Ute Pass Cultural Center
210 East Midland Avenue - Woodland Park
  • Chamber Member Cost - $15.00 per session
  • Lunch Will Be Provided
  • Non Member Cost - $25.00
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Avenue
  • No Refunds
RSVP with payment by January 9, 2019
Seating is limited!
  Register Here! or   719.687.9885
No E-Verify Due to Government Shutdown
by Benjamin Hase, Esq. - Employers Council

Since December 22, 2018, the federal government has been partially shut down. Many employers who hoped to use the remaining days of the year for new hires found themselves without the ability to utilize or even access E-Verify resources. These resources will continue to be unavailable until normal federal government operations resume. While the partial shutdown continues, there are a few contingency rules in effect with respect to E-Verify. Most importantly, you may continue with your hiring process as usual, without the assistance of E-Verify, on a temporary basis.

First, the "three-day rule" for commencing an E-Verify case is suspended. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will provide additional guidance on the exact timeframes within which E-Verify cases must be commenced as soon as DHS is once again fully funded and operational. The same is true for employers who received Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs) for employees before the E-Verify system ceased operation on December 22.
Second, employers may not take adverse action against employees because they remain in an interim (or in this case, extended interim) case status.
Last, if you are a federal contractor facing down deadlines because your contract includes the Federal Acquisition Regulation clause which requires E-Verify, contact the federal agency responsible for your contract in order to determine the extended timelines that may be available for you to comply with this clause.

Of course, none of the extensions apply to Form I-9, which must be completed as usual.
Rate Increase for Florissant Fossil Beds
 
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will modify its seven-day pass from $7.00 per person to $10.00 per person on January 1, 2019.  The yearly pass will increase from $30.00 to $35.00.
 
The National Park Service (NPS) announced changes to the entrance fees charged at national parks.  The changes have modestly increased entrance fees to raise additional revenue.  The price of the annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass and Lifetime Senior Pass will remain $80.  The Access Pass, Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military, and Annual 4th Grade Pass are free.
 
All of the revenue from the fee increase will remain at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.  The funds will be used for deferred maintenance projects and activities to improve the experience for visitors who visit the monument.  
 
For additional information, please call 719.748.3253 or visit our website or on Facebook or Twitter at /FlorissantNPS.
Activities Planned at Florissant Fossil Beds in January 2019 

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open year-round. During January, the Monument is open daily 9:00 am- 4:30 pm.  The Monument is closed on New Year's Day, January 1.

Friday, January 4, Night Sky Program, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Join park staff and members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society to gaze at the dark skies above Florissant Fossil Beds in search of planets, galaxies, nebulas, and more. Meet at the visitor center.  
 
Saturday, January 19, Winter Track Detectives! 11:00 am - 12:30 pm.  Join an interpretive park ranger for a guided hike (up to 2 miles) to discover the clues left behind by the Monument's wildlife.  Meet at the visitor center.  
 
Monday, January 21, Fee Free Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Enjoy a fee free day at Florissant Fossil Beds in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 
 
There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $10.00 per adult (15 and younger are free) or $35.00 for an annual pass.  For additional information, please call 719.748.3253 ext. 0 or visit our website  or on Facebook or Twitter at /FlorissantNPS.
FedEx Wherever You Are
FEDEX
It's a Winter Wonderland at Woodland Professional Building
Professional Buildig
New Equipment at Update Printing
Update Printing
CW Plumbing for Residential and Commercial Services
CW_Plumbing
PC OR NETWORK REPAIR
PC Touchup
Pet Food Pantry Wishes Everyone A Happy New Year
Pet Food Pantry
Country Lodge Entertainment
Lodge Entertainment
New Year's Eve at the Lodge
Lodge New Year_s Eve
Adult Driving Program
Adult Driving Program
Senior Book Club
Book Club
New Sales Tax Collection Rules Extended
 
The Colorado Department of Revenue announced they are delaying enforcement on its controversial changes to the state's sales tax collection rules from March 31 until at least May 31.
 
Officials hope the added months will give more retailers time to voluntarily comply with the drastically different system and give the the Colorado General Assembly more opportunity to weigh in when the new session convenes in January.
 
The new regulations, which took informal effect December 1st, require all in-state and out-of-state businesses that ship taxable products to buyers in Colorado to assess, collect and remit sales taxes based on each buyer's address. It's a dramatic shift from the way many Colorado retailers did business previously: Collecting taxes on shipped goods based on the jurisdictions they share in common with their customers, such as the state of Colorado or special taxing entities that cover large areas like RTD.
 
The state is not abandoning the new rules. Michael Hartman, executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue, said the department wants businesses with the capability to follow the new rules to do so.
 
Click Here for more information.  
2019 Colorado State Minimum Wage

Effective January 1, 2019: Minimum Wage $11.10
Tipped Employee Minimum Wage: $8.08
Energy Efficient Home Designs
SIPerior
Shipping Needs
Pack N Ship
Looking for Office Space?
SOAR With Network Fundraising
SOAR
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