The Lower Arkansas Valley faces drought conditions (Chieftain).

In Colorado Springs, the city puts forth an option to keep street lights off (KXRM). Rebates for renewable energy projects show lag (Colorado Springs Business Journal). The CSBJ follows the trail of money earmarked for a stalled hotel and adjacent parking garage*. Visitors to the Pioneer’s Museum will soon see the return of a bronze statue commemorating the county’s first African American juror (Gazette). Junior Achievement looks to a former D11 school for space to create an entrepreneurial learning ground for kids (CSBJ*).

The Pueblo Chieftain takes a look at the evolution of the Midtown Shopping Center.

Residents of Falcon examine whether to incorporate the town (KOAA). Opponents of the expansion of Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site lose a key supporter in Congress (Trinidad Times-Independent). Custer County Commissioners dip into reserve to help balance the 2011 budget (Wet Mountain Tribune). Solar power comes online in Rocky Ford (LaJunta Tribune-Democrat).

The Trinidad Times-Independent reports on a proposed rate hike for electricity, declining revenue in Las Animas County, and a visit from the probable new owners of the Trinidad State Nursing Home. The Denver Post takes a look at the economic impact of Dr. Marci Bowers, known for gender reassignment surgery, leaving town.

In Denver, the zoo looks at transforming waste into energy (KOAA).

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