Colorado lawmakers seek an audit of the Public Utilities Commission (Denver Post). New funding for schools’ breakfast programs blocked (Denver Post). Colorado’s congressional representatives plan to sit together during the State of the Union address (Denver Post). Congressman Doug Lamborn (R) signs on to co-sponsor a bill that would revisit the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy (Colorado Independent).

In Colorado Springs, city council gets pressure to delay Memorial Health System vote (Gazette). The Colorado Springs Business Journal takes a look at what it would mean if HealthOne bought Memorial Health System*. Colorado Springs organizations are coming together to create a brand for the city (CSBJ*).

Councilman Tom Gallagher announces bid for mayor (KXRM). Falcon School District 49 talks about changes to the system with concerned residents (Gazette, KRDO, KXRM). Colorado Springs Utilities say bankrupt Banning Lewis Ranch will not affect water rates (KRDO).

In Woodland Park, Sturman Industries aims to sell some its land to select research and development companies (CSBJ*). The Rocky Ford Library expands (LaJunta Tribune-Democrat).

A Pueblo area lawmaker helps sponsors a bill that would make it easier to lease agricultural water to urban areas (Chieftain), but it makes the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy Board uncomfortable (Chieftain).

Las Animas County Commissioners delay action on an Army resolution (Trinidad Times-Independent). Oil and gas permitting levels in the county see a slight drop, but still rank seventh in the state (Times-Independent). Representative Scott Tipton (R) says he has no plans to introduce a funding ban bill regarding the expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, but says he opposes expansion (Times-Independent).

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