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State transportation fix needs passenger rail

PUEBLO - A new poll, just released on Wednesday, March 22, found six out 10 Colorado voters statewide are in favor of using $50 million of the proposed $700 million dollar sales tax increase, proposed in a statewide transporation bill, to expand Colorado’s passenger rail service, linking the Front Range Cities from Pueblo to Fort Collins. Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace and Jim Souby, the President of the Colorado Passenger Rail Association will be providing testimony during the bill’s first reading on Wednesday, March 22, in front of the House Transportation Committee.
 

Extension office buzzing about competitive grants

PUEBLO – The Pueblo Board of County Commissioners is all-a-buzz after being notified that the Pueblo County CSU-Extension Office was awarded two highly competitive and highly sought after grants. The grants, totaling $12,500, will be used to create the Pueblo County Bee Wise Program. The Bee Wise program will include hands-on educational programs for youth and adults to promote a healthy bee population as well as to create smart-hives, which are bee hives with sensors that monitor bee and hive health.

Tool allows property owners to reduce energy, increase cash

PUEBLO – A meeting discussing how just about any property owner can reduce energy costs with no out-of-pocket expensed and generate immediate cash flow was held on Tuesday, March 2.
 

Bill supporting Front Range rail passes Senate

PUEBLO – The Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission bill, a bill to support Front Range rail service, was passed out of the Senate on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
 
Senators Larry Crowder and Leroy Garcia as well as Representative Daneya Esgar are all prime-sponsors of the bill. The bill was passed by a 24 to 11 vote. The bill was first introduced on January 31, 2017 and will be heard next by the House.
 

Nearly $475,000 available for Pueblo County Scholarship

PUEBLO – Pueblo County Commissioners have announced that the world’s first cannabis-funded scholarship has begun accepting applications for its first full-year of funding. On Monday, February 13, the Board of Pueblo County Commissioners approved a contract between Pueblo County and the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation (PHEF) to administer the scholarship. 
 

Commissioners to intervene in Colorado Springs stormwater lawsuit

PUEBLO – The Board of Pueblo County Commissioners have decided to file a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit against the City of Colorado Springs. The citizens of Pueblo County are perhaps the most directly affected by Colorado Springs Clean Water Act permit violations and the Board of Pueblo County Commissioners believe the County must have a voice in this case.
 

Commissioners fight for retail marijuana sales tax projects

PUEBLO – The Board of Pueblo County Commissioners and County staff are fighting to protect $1.6 million in funding of community enhancement projects, millions more in future funding and to defend the County’s authority to collect a special retail marijuana sales tax.
 
On Tuesday, February 6, the Board of Pueblo County Commissioners held a work session meeting with organizations whose future funding for the following projects was put on hold:
Critical building system needs at the jail -  $750,000
Pueblo West tax sharing for pueblo west roads - $200,000

Pueblo Chile License Plate bill presented at State Capitol

PUEBLO – A bill that would create a Pueblo Chile License Plate was presented by House Representative Daneya Esgar during the House Transportation and Energy Committee’s meeting on Thursday, February 2 at the Colorado State Capitol. Esgar was accompanied by members of the Pueblo Chile Growers’ Association, the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce and Pueblo County Government for public testimony regarding the bill, HB17-1012.

The bill passed the House Transportation & Energy Committee and has moved on to the House Appropriations Committee before being considered on the House Floor.

“We want to make sure that all of Colorado knows that Pueblo Chile is our chile. Pueblo Chile is Colorado’s chile, and eventually will be the leading brand of chile across the United States,” Representative Esgar stated.

The goal for a Pueblo Chile group special license plate came up during a casual conversation between House Representative Daneya Esgar and former Pueblo County Commissioner Buffie McFadyen.

The Pueblo Chile branding campaign was made possible by a $144,000 USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant from the Colorado Department of Agriculture that was obtained by Pueblo County’s Economic Development & Geographic Information Systems department. The Pueblo Chile Growers’ Association, with assistance from Pueblo County and the State of Colorado, are utilizing the grant monies to invest in agritourism and value-added products to extend the availability of Pueblo Chile. The campaign brought an additional $1.1 Million to the Pueblo community in 2015 and is anticipated to grow by 9.4 percent each year after.

Buy-Local board focuses on retaining money in Pueblo economy

PUEBLO – Economic development traditionally seeks to bring new money into the economy, but it’s equally important to retain money in the local economy. Keeping our dollars local by deliberately choosing to spend money in Pueblo County, especially if you’re a government entity, improves the overall economic condition of the community.
 

Safe use of marijuana to be promoted in dispensaries

PUEBLO - Pueblo County Commissioners will be discussing a proposal to promote public service announcements (PSA) for the safe and legal use of marijuana in dispensaries across the County. The digital PSA's would be displayed on digital menu boards inside marijuana dispensaries, however. Pueblo County would have full rights to the digital content produced for Pueblo County and could use the digital content as needed on other platforms. 
 

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