A study from Colorado researchers suggests Neanderthals faced their demise through constant mating with humans (Denver Post). Colorado’s gaming commission delays a decision on new casino tax regulations (Denver Business Journal). The governor rules out Medicaid cuts (Pueblo Chieftain).

Medical marijuana faces toughest challenge yet as dispensaries have trouble finding banks to take their business (Colorado Springs Business Journal*). Water presents a big problem as the shale in Colorado is explored for drilling wells (Pueblo Chieftain). Colorado’s grand champion goat disqualification upheld (Chieftain).

More strong winds are expected across the Front Range this weekend (Colorado Springs Gazette). Last week’s winds cause damage in Custer County (Wet Mountain Tribune).

In Colorado Springs, the city’s new brand faces objections (KXRM), while the Colorado Springs Independent holds a “WeBrand” contest. Two public hearings are set for Memorial Hospital bids (Colorado Springs Business Journal). A pastor and the school administration at a now defunct school are accused of covering up abuse (Gazette).

Huerfano County expands oil and gas regulations (Chieftain). The Beulah School of Natural Science adds a teepee classroom (Chieftain). The Cheraw School Board in LaJunta swears in its new members (LaJunta Tribune Democrat). The Custer County Clerk defends her decision to mail ballots to voters classified as inactive (Wet Mountain Tribune). Hospital staff at Mt. San Rafael in Trinidad refutes complaints and says they’re getting better (Trinidad Times-Independent).

Raton officials say they’ll hire a firm to conduct an economic study regarding a racino license (Raton Range). Raton council considers measures for March’s ballot (Raton Range). The Raton Chamber of Commerce hands over events, including its hot-air balloon rally, over to other groups (Range).

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