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Colorado State Fair enters Top 10 of nationwide expos

BY JON POMPIA, THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN -  JPOMPIA@CHIEFTAIN.COM
 
The Colorado State Fair is among the 10 best this nation has to offer.
 
So says SmartAsset -- a financial technology company that uses data to provide free, actionable advice on big financial decisions. For the second year, SmartAsset set out to shine a light on the best state fairs in the country.
 

Pueblo Chile attracts new business to Pueblo County

PUEBLO – Pueblo’s Board of County Commissioners welcomed Jojo’s Sriracha to Pueblo on Monday, June 19. The company was attracted to Pueblo after seeing the Pueblo Chile Grower’s Association’s Pueblo Chile branding campaign, learning about the Excelsior Farmer’s Exchange incubator kitchen space at the former Excelsior Middle School in Avondale, as well as the growth opportunities and support Pueblo County’s Economic Development Department offers to small businesses.
 

Pueblo County applies for scholarship grant-match

PUEBLO – For the second year in a row, Pueblo County will be applying for a grant-matching opportunity to double the amount of scholarship dollars available to Pueblo’s graduating high school seniors.
 

Bees installed in Southern Colorado's first smart-hive

PUEBLO – The population of the Pueblo Zoo grew from 500 to 60,500 on Tuesday, April 18 when 60,000 bees were installed in what will be the first smart-hive in Southern Colorado.
 

Bill to support Front Range rail passed by legislature

 
PUEBLO – The Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission bill, a bill to support Front Range rail service and save the current Southwest Chief Commission from expiring, passed its final House reading in the Colrorado Legislature on Tuesday, April 18.
 
The bill, passed with broad bipartisan support by a 40 to 25 vote, will now expand the South West Chief Commission’s scope, membership and mission to include expanding passenger rail along Colorado’s Front Range.
 

Commissioners Briefed on 1A Projects, Statuses and Progress

PUEBLO – For the first time since the November election, the Pueblo Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) was given a review of what is now known as the 1A Community Improvement Program.

The review included an explanation of the planning process, how decisions by the BOCC will enable the 1A projects to be funded and gave a general overview of each of the 20 project’s current status.

Jail Task Force Leaders Discuss Jail's Critical Needs

PUEBLO – Pueblo County has spent more than $1 million dollars in unanticipated, over-budget, infrastructure failures. The jail is 145 percent above capacity, which is putting detention deputies’ safety at risk and exacerbating the overall aging conditions of the jail.
 
Press were given a rare opportunity to be led through the deteriorating Pueblo County Detention Center on Wednesday, April 5, by Pueblo County Commissioner Garrison Ortiz and Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor. Commissioner Garrison Ortiz is the leader of the recently formed Pueblo County Jail Task Force.

Nominate a senior citizen for Pueblo’s Senior of the Year

PUEBLO – Time is running out to nominate Pueblo’s next Senior of the Year. The Pueblo Area Agency on Aging and the Pueblo Advisory Council on Aging will honor an outstanding Pueblo County Senior Citizen who has made significant contributions to the Pueblo community through volunteer services. Nominations are due Friday, April 7.
 

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 $32,500, 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.

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