In Colorado Springs, Utilities employees face the possibility of shouldering more of their health care costs (Gazette). Utility rates could also rise as a result of the passage of Amendment 60, which would require enterprises to pay property taxes (Business Journal*). Memorial Hospital CEO says he wants the hospital to become an independent non-profit organization (Gazette). As crews continue to deal with a wildfire in Boulder County, the CSFD sends crews to help (KOAA), and KOAA reports Southern Colorado still faces a high fire danger this season. The Colorado Springs Gazette also takes a look at training for Green Berets and a synagogue and past Rosh Hashana observances in the area.

Organizers say this year’s State Fair in Pueblo was a success (Chieftain). The Chieftain also takes a look at how water issues are affecting farmers in the Arkansas Valley. Korean War veterans are gathering in Pueblo (Chieftain).

Las Animas County Commissioners place a sales tax initiative on the November ballot to pay for the currently state-owned nursing home in Trinidad (Trinidad Times-Independent). The paper also reports that state cuts to meet a budget shortfall could affect energy impact grants in the area, the library board accuses the Trinidad mayor of an ethics violation, Trinidaddio Blues Fest sees a rise in attendance.

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