El Paso County commissioners will be deal with the issue of medical marijuana again today at their regular meeting.

Board members are reviewing a number of options, including putting a measure on the November ballot that would allow voters to decide for themselves whether they want to ban pot businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county.

The commissioners could decide the issue themselves without putting the measure on the ballot, and they've also been talking about possibly grandfathering in existing businesses.

Also, the board also is expected to discuss the Intel building purchase. The county has been renegotiating the purchase price after it was discovered the cost of separating the billing for utility service will significantly exceed original estimates.

And the board is expected to get news of a $50,000 GOCO grant to possibly pay for security cameras at Rainbow Falls to allow the sheriff's department to remotely monitor the site for grafitti and vandalism.

County Commission Meeting
9 a.m. Thursday
Pikes Peak Regional Development Center, 2880 International Circle

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Former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff is turning 44 today. And if you want to give him the perfect gift, he'll take cash, check or gold bullion.

Romanoff bet big that he would beat Colorado's incumbent U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in the Democratic primary earlier this month. Romanoff sold his house to raise campaign cash and borrowed money to finance his effort.

Defeated by Bennet, Romanoff is now working to pay off his debts.

The Romanoff campaign is throwing the candidate a birthday party in Denver tonight.

"In honor of Andrew's birthday, we are asking individuals to contribute $44, $144 or $1,044," the campaign said in an e-mail. "Proceeds will help us retire campaign debt."
If you can't make Romanoff's birthday bash, you can still mail a check to help out, his campaign assured followers in the e-mail.

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