This year’s stubborn drought and the changing climate will have serious consequences for Colorado’s multi-billion dollar recreation and farming industries, as well as the state’s forests that have seen severe, unnaturally large wildfires recently…Colorado Springs police are offering a reward for information regarding the start of the Waldo Canyon fire…Chimney Rock to be designated a National Monument.

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Colorado Springs police are offering a reward for information regarding the start of the Waldo Canyon fire….Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District may not be able to accept a FEMA grant recently awarded to the department.

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Colorado’s economy is weak and losing momentum according to a revenue forecast released today…A new conservation plan to help the Rio Grande watershed is getting the backing of state and federal officials.

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Two former Governors joined with current Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper yesterday to kick off the ballot campaign to reform state personnel rules…The law enforcement team investigating the cause of this summer’s Waldo Canyon Fire says the blaze was human-caused…Some well-funded Pro-Mitt Romney super PACs are doubling down on efforts in what they consider to be more crucial swing states; such as Florida, Ohio and Colorado.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has given final approval to Colorado’s strategy to reduce air pollution, which relies heavily on switching some coal fired power plants to natural gas…Pueblo City Council voted last night to postpone indefinitely a decision on city employee benefits for domestic partners, the Chieftain reports…Colorado government leaders have marked 11 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a service that also recognized the victims of the Aurora theater shooting and historic summer wildfires.

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Voters will see three statewide ballot questions this November. A bipartisan committee of lawmakers finalized the ballot language today…The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau is receiving $100,000 from the federal government to try to lure visitors to town after tourism numbers fell due to the Waldo Canyon Fire.

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Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler is spearheading what he says is the largest voter registration effort in state history ahead of the October 9th deadline to register to vote…About 500 sandbags are still available for homeowners who could be affected by flooding after the Waldo Canyon Fire.

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Environmental groups have filed a formal protest against an Obama Administration plan to fast-track large-scale solar power development in Colorado and five other western states. The public lands at the center of the dispute in Colorado are in the San Luis Valley near the New Mexico border….More firefighters are on their way to help fight a wildfire near the Wyoming border.

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The Colorado Secretary of State’s office says the “Personhood Amendment” will not be on the ballot this November because supporters failed to gather enough valid signatures. But Personhood Colorado is filing a legal appeal to try and overturn that decision…Officials are preparing to provide an update on the investigation into what started the Waldo Canyon Fire, the Gazette reports.

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Colorado Springs voters yesterday overwhelmingly approved plans to lease city-owned Memorial Health System to University of Colorado Health…Residents in and around the Waldo Canyon burn area looking to purchase flood insurance should do so before September 8th in order to take advantage of a waiting-period waiver…Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton was recently chosen to build and operate the next Mars Spacecraft.

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The final tally of deaths associated with a 2011 listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe from Jensen Farms in Southeast Colorado has increased to 33…Crews are battling a growing wildfire burning in beetle-killed forests in remote northwestern Larimer County near the Wyoming border.

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Time is running out for residents living in and around the Waldo Canyon burn area to take advantage of a flood insurance waiting-period waiver…Pueblo City Council is set to consider extending city benefits to same-sex domestic partnerships, the Pueblo Chieftain reports.

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Time is running out for Waldo Canyon residents to take advantage of the flood insurance waiver.

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Colorado Springs voters are set to decide tomorrow on whether or not the city can lease the Memorial Health System to the University of Colorado Health system…The November ballot is on the verge of approval. Non-partisan legislative staff held a meeting today to determine if there were any loose ends…Colorado State University is leading a study on whether child-care centers in the state are prepared for disasters.

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The Defense Department has awarded another multimillion-dollar construction contract for a new helicopter brigade at Fort Carson…With the severe drought still gripping the region, two Colorado Republican lawmakers are asking the federal government to extend an emergency order that opened up more lands for livestock grazing and haying.

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Cyclists were about an hour ahead of schedule today as they rode into Colorado Springs on the 5th stage of the USA Pro Challenge…Colorado Highway 67 between Florence and Wetmore has reopened…Colorado health officials are reporting 12 people hospitalized for West Nile virus.

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Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler says a list of nearly 4,000 registered voters he suspects are not citizens is not subject to public inspection because it is part of an investigation…Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach and his staff addressed city layoffs and community development yesterday at his monthly media conference…Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management is hosting a preparedness meeting tomorrow for residents regarding the post Waldo Canyon fire flood risk…More Colorado layoffs have been announced by wind turbine maker Vestas…Federal officials say a 22-acre marijuana farm was discovered by firefighters battling the Waldo Canyon fire.

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach and his staff addressed city layoffs and community development today at his monthly media conference…Federal officials say a 22-acre marijuana farm was discovered by firefighters battling the Waldo Canyon blaze…More Colorado layoffs have been announced by wind turbine maker Vestas…Stage Two of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race started in Montrose this morning.

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Colorado’s unemployment rate edged up slightly to 8.3 percent in July…

Estimates regarding the size of a marijuana bust in Pueblo County have turned out to be on the conservative side, the Pueblo Chieftain reports…Top cyclists in the world are preparing to compete in Colorado for the second annual USA Pro Challenge starting Monday.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has confirmed a 4th case of West Nile Virus in the state today, but drought is helping keep numbers low across Colorado overall…Officials are beginning the bidding process for aerial mulching over portions of the Waldo Canyon burn zone.

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Officials are beginning the bidding process for aerial mulching over portions of the Waldo Canyon burn zone…The US Small Business Administration continues to offer low-interest loans for residents affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire, and flooding and mudslides related to the fire…Senator Mark Udall calls this year’s fire season a wake-up call for policymakers and the public.

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Senator Mark Udall calls this year’s fire season a wake-up call for policymakers and the public…Officials have made the largest marijuana bust in Pueblo County history, according to the Chieftain…Authorities say one person is dead and three others have minor injuries after a rupture at a natural gas well north of Fort Lupton.

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Wind power giant Vestas has announced it’s laying off workers at its Pueblo facility…Trinidad Mayor John Rino has resigned effective immediately…Officials say State Highway 67 near Cripple Creek remains closed after a sinkhole opened over a mineshaft under the roadway.

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