When Pueblo voters were sold on the idea of holding a mayoral election, it seemed simple enough. Step 1: We would take an initial vote this November to select our top choice among a field of candidates. Step 2: If no candidate emerged with a majority of the votes, a runoff election would be held among the top two finishers to determine who would be the city's mayor.

The shortage of nurses may be eased by a new state law authorizing two-year community colleges to offer four-year bachelor of science degrees in nursing. This includes Pueblo Community College, which supported House Bill 1086 before it passed the Colorado Legislature. Gov. John Hickenlooper let HB1086 become law despite his misgivings that it would allow community colleges to duplicate nursing degrees already available at four-year colleges and universities.