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Gas prices drop 2.1 cents statewide

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Colorado's retail gas price dropped 2.1 cents this week, as the state's average for regular, self-serve, unleaded gasoline decreased to $1.42.3 cents per gallon, according to AAA Colorado's weekly gas price survey. Meanwhile, the national average for unleaded gasoline also dropped, down 0.9 cents from $1.38.3 cents to $1.37.4 cents per gallon. The nationwide price for gasoline is down 7.9 cents compared to one month ago and is running 25.9 cents more than a year ago. Colorado's average is down 7.4 cents from one month ago and is 30.3 cents more than last year. Comparing today's prices with prices in 2000, Colorado's statewide average is running 11.7 cents less than this time in December 2000.

Vail's gas price average, while not the highest in the state, is the highest price of those cities included in the survey at $1.74.3.

Net user group fills high-tech need

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Special Interest Group announced this week it has officially formed a professional association with members who are committed to the MicrosoftR Visual Studio .NET integrated development environment and the .NET Framework for building and running the next generation of applications and XML Web Services. Membership is free by signing up at www.dotnet-sig.org. The mission of the association is to expand the knowledge and skills of its members by:

n Addressing topics in intermediate and advanced areas of a topic in multiple, sequential meetings;

n Holding presentations in a learning experience setting which will progress to more active discussions, workshops, and labs;

n Coordinating and integrating our efforts with the existing .NET User Groups.

Microsoft .NET is a set of Microsoft software technologies for connecting the world of information, people, systems, and devices. It enables an unprecedented level of software integration through the use of XML Web services: small, discrete, building-block applications that connect to each other, as well as to other larger applications via the Internet.

The association can be reached at (970) 223-9248 or at http://www.dotnet-sig.org.

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