The Front Range Archives - Colorado Politics

Vince BzdekVince BzdekFebruary 20, 20186min1960

Colorado Springs has always prided itself on lower housing prices than other Front Range cities, but that has changed fast in the last couple years. As the city's housing market has gone white-hot, affordable housing has suddenly become scarce as playoff wins for the Broncos in the last two years, fueling the city's homeless problem and creating a price crisis for lower- and even middle-income residents.


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Kara MasonKara MasonFebruary 14, 20183min4470

A lot of marijuana is being sold in Las Animas County — the most per capita in the state, in fact.

According to a recent report from the Colorado Department of Revenue, the county near the New Mexico-Colorado border sold $43.9 million worth of recreational cannabis last year. That’s more than neighboring Pueblo County, which has been dubbed by some the Napa Valley of pot.

Greg Sund, Trinidad’s city manager, told the Cannabist the city is having to constantly re-evaluate how much it’s expecting to get in revenue from recreational marijuana sales.

And with those sales has come other economic development. The publication reports hotel stays are up as well.

But this isn’t the first time Trinidad and Las Animas County have seem booms. The southern Colorado town was a coal town and just like during coal’s heyday, Trinidad officials say they know they can’t ride the wave of marijuana money forever.

Last year, PULP Newsmagazine spoke with now-former economic director Jonathan Taylor, the first ever economic development director for Las Animas County.

“Without the progressive policies of the City of Trinidad in its relationship to cannabis, Trinidad’s economy would not be as robust as it is today. So, it is the primary reason for all of this growth,” he told the monthly news organization.

And as for the future of cannabis in the county, he said it looks bright. But it’s not forever.

“It is never smart to throw all your eggs in one basket in dealing with the local economy. It is just a matter of time before New Mexico legalizes it, which will have a tremendous impact on Trinidad. However, the city has positioned itself on sustainable budgetary path,” he said. “In the short-term we are using this industry to update all of our necessary infrastructure to increase outside investments while the revenue is present.”



Rachel Riley, The GazetteRachel Riley, The GazetteFebruary 9, 20181min4100

Two high-ranking Monument officials have been placed on paid administrative leave, a town trustee confirmed Thursday.

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Monday to suspend Town Manager Chris Lowe and Police Chief Jacob Shirk for two weeks each, said Monument Mayor Pro-Tem Don Wilson.

Wilson could not say why the two were suspended or what had prompted the board’s decision.

The vote, which was taken at the board’s regular Monday meeting, followed an executive session that involved discussion about the two officials as well as other matters, Wilson said.