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  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife warns residents to be careful around bucks this time of year, whose eagerness to mate may make them aggressive. Keep your dogs on a leash.
  • Chris Reen, former publisher of The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, will be installed as president of The Gazette and, after a three-month transition, will succeed Dan Steever as publisher, The Gazette reported. Reen comes from the advertising side of the industry.
  • Manitou Springs received a $500,000 check last week, the first installment of up to $1.25 million in payments pending the reopening of the Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway under a 50-year deal approved by Manitou Springs City Council and the Cog's owners. The deal gives the Cog excise tax breaks.
  • After reporting in May that Penrose-St. Francis Health Services remain "committed" to a multi-story hospital at Centennial and Fillmore streets, The Gazette reported on Dec. 2 the idea has been junked in favor of an undisclosed site in the city's north or northeast area to "follow" the city's growth. One parcel of the 80-acre site, for which Penrose paid $15 million and which sits in a landslide-susceptible area, has been sold back to its owner.
  • El Paso County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve their 2019 budget, which notably included a $200,000 increase for El Paso County Public Health and $7.5 million for "high impact road infrastructure."
  • Lorena Garcia, the head of the Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition, announced Nov. 27 her plans to run against Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020, becoming his first official opponent.
  • A survey by the Council for Community and Economic Research shows the cost of living in Colorado Springs moved to 99.1 percent of the national average, its highest ever, the Gazette reports.
  • Matthew Grove, with the Colorado Attorney General's Office, is Gov. John Hickenlooper's 10th appointment to the state Court of Appeals during his eight years in office. Grove assumes his seat on Dec. 28.

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