September 21, 20171min930

The City of Pueblo has a plan to open a new big item trash drop-off site with free recycling as early as January at the old animal shelter on Stockyard Road. The site is located near the confluence of Fountain Creek and the Arkansas River on Stockyard Road just east of Joplin Avenue (Highway 227).

September 19, 20171min1130

It doesn't always happen in the corporate world, but occasionally principles do win out over profits. That seems to be what happened last week when St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center announced plans to continue offering labor, delivery and neonatal care services for Pueblo families.

September 15, 20171min1320

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which is meeting here this week, focuses on recipients of the nation's highest award for military valor, of course. The society, made up solely of the worthy holders of the medal, also recognizes special citizens who have distinguished themselves in civilian life as well.

September 13, 20172min700

Pueblo City Council members were right to signal an intention to put Black Hills Energy on notice that its electric utility franchise here is in jeopardy. The council is scheduled to vote officially on Sept. 25 to do just that — to take an “off ramp” and potentially get out of the city’s 20-year franchise agreement with Black Hills in 2020, which would be 10 years early.

We encourage the council to vote that way, not because changing utility franchises is easy (it’s not), but because there seems to be no other way to get Black Hills’ attention. If the South Dakota-based utility really cared about its public standing in Pueblo, it would not have filed for one rate hike after another — some approved and some still pending before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Pueblo customers, residential and business alike, have been pushed almost to the breaking point by rising Black Hill rates. To add salt to the wound, Black Hills has asked PUC approval to raise the low-income assistance fee to all customers from 28 cents to 31 cents per month.

Read more at The Pueblo Chieftain.

September 12, 20171min380

It was a distinction that, quite frankly, our community could have done without.

A few days ago, we learned that the United States Postal Services Sunset Station on Pueblo’s South Side has reported more dog attacks so far this year than any other station in Colorado or Wyoming. In fact, the ratio of postal carriers to dog attacks there is twice as high as any other office in the two-state region.

It would be easy to make some lame jokes about how dogs biting postal carriers is part of the natural order of things, but this isn’t a laughing matter. A Sunset carrier needed nearly a month of extensive medical treatment following one of this year’s dog attacks.

Read more at The Pueblo Chieftain

September 10, 20171min300

Two steps forward, two steps back.

That pretty much sums up the “progress” administrators at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo have made in addressing a staffing shortage at the facility. Last week, the governor’s office reported that there were 97 vacancies in patient-care positions at the state hospital.

For perspective, that’s the exact same number of vacancies that were reported there back in June when the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment put the 449-bed hospital on “conditional” status. In response, CMHIP administrators developed a plan to correct the staffing shortage.

Read more at The Pueblo Chieftain.