Craig Biz Buzz for Jan. 12, 2015: Downtown Books under new ownership, will close for remodel | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig Biz Buzz for Jan. 12, 2015: Downtown Books under new ownership, will close for remodel

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— Downtown Books in Craig officially has changed hands after new owner Liane Davis-Kling closed on the business with previous owner Terry Carwile on Dec. 31.

"I'm full-speed ahead and getting all the business part of it lined up right now," Davis-Kling said. "First, we'll concentrate on how we're going to change the floor plan to give it a fresh look and I'm taking my time to learn how to make things."

Downtown Books will be closed for one week from Jan. 18 through 25 for remodeling. Davis-Kling is seeking people to help move books during the remodel and will have a sign-up list at the bookstore this week for those who want to volunteer.

December employment numbers show continued US job growth

Following the release of the December 2014 Employment Situation report Friday, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez expressed confidence in the positive trends revealed by the numbers, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor.

"The U.S. economy closed out the year on a continued hot streak — 252,000 new jobs, with the unemployment rate falling to 5.6 percent," Perez said in a statement included in the release. "December was the 58th consecutive month of private sector job growth, to the tune of 11.2 million jobs. Average unemployment for 2014 was down 1.2 percentage points from 2013, the largest decrease since 1984."

Perez congratulated the "resolve and resilience of the American people" and President Barack Obama for the positive momentum, and said the nation must work to achieve meaningful wage growth to help middle-class families stay ahead.

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"There's still more to do, and the president is determined to make the fourth quarter of his term the most productive yet," Perez said in the statement. On Thursday “he unveiled a new initiative to help more hard-working Americans own a home. (Friday), he will announce a new manufacturing innovation hub and propose making two years of community college free for anyone willing to work for it."

The following positive highlights were also noted in the press release:

• Nearly 3 million jobs in 2014, the best year since 1999.

• This is the longest streak of private sector job growth on record: 58 straight months.

• Consumer confidence is at a seven-year high.

December 2014 FastFacts reveal lower unemployment, higher coal production than 2013

Yampa Valley Data Partners released its December FastFacts on Friday, revealing November unemployment rates in Moffat County (3.8 percent) and Routt County (3.7 percent) to be lower than November 2013, when they stood at 5.2 percent in Moffat and 5.5 percent in Routt.

Unemployment numbers revealed a slight increase since the prior month, however.

Home listings also saw a drop, with 27 percent fewer listings in Moffat County in December 2014 compared to the year prior, and 15 percent fewer in Routt County.

"November 2014 median listing prices were down about 15 percent in Moffat and 4 percent in Routt compared to the previous November," according to the FastFacts Key Takeaways.

Meanwhile, coal production through September 2014 was up nearly 8 percent in Moffat County and 2 percent in Routt County compared to the same period last year.

Snowpack on Rabbit Ears Pass is above average after recent snowfall, and water levels in Stagecoach and Yamcolo reservoirs remain at more than 20 percent above average due to the Yampa Valley's wet summer.

To view the full FastFacts report for December 2014, visit yampavalleypartners.com.

BBB recommends checking out gyms before signing contract

Many people start out the new year resolved to get in shape, but if this means joining a gym, make sure you understand the terms before you sign a contract.

The Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming has seen a steady increase in complaint activity with fitness centers during the past three years, mostly focused on contract and billing issues.

The BBB recommends getting answers to the following questions:

What are the terms of my membership? Ask about the options available and understand the terms and conditions if you join at an introductory rate.

How can I get out of my contract? Specifically ask about how you go about cancelling if needed and any fees that may be involved. Be sure to get this information in writing.

What happens if I move? Also make sure to check the cleanliness of the equipment and the locker room area and see if the gym equipment is in good condition. Tour the gym at the time of day you will be using the facility to ensure the number of people there at that time will not limit your activities. Last but not least, review the contract thoroughly before signing on the dotted line.

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