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Learn to ski or snowboard for less

January is National Learn a SnowSport Month at alpine resorts, Nordic centers, and state and national parks across the United States. Utah has beginner deals with its Lucky 13 promotions. Contact each resort for details. The Lucky 13 offers are good at The Canyons all month, at Deer Valley on Jan. 24-25 only, and at PCMR on Jan. 19-31.

Utah, Colorado, Wyoming economies down

According to the Creighton Economic Forecasting Group, the overall index for the Mountain States region, a leading economic indicator for the three-state area, plunged to a record low in December. The survey, based on a survey of supply managers in the region, also showed job losses for the month.

The overall index, or Business Conditions Index, dipped to 41.3 from 46.2 in November and 53.2 in October. An index of 50.0 is considered growth neutral with December’s reading pointing to a deepening recession for the region during the first half of 2009.

IRS offers "saver’s credit"

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Low and moderate-income workers can take steps now to save for retirement and earn a special tax credit in 2008 and the years ahead. The saver’s credit helps offset part of the first $2,000 workers voluntarily contribute to Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) and to 401(k) plans and similar workplace retirement programs. The saver’s credit can be claimed by married couples filing jointly with incomes up to $53,000 in 2008 or $55,500 in 2009; heads of household with incomes up to $39,750 in 2008 or $41,625 in 2009; and married individuals filing separately and singles with incomes up to $26,500 in 2008 or $27,750 in 2009.

Clarification

In the article about Realtor Mike Dawson in the Dec. 31 Park Record, the story said Dawson "had his client and title agent write checks to him that were supposed to be written to Re/Max." This wording implied there was only one client. In fact, there were many involved.