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Rico, Colorado has a new town manager.

The school in the town of Rico is tiny. It’s not the size of the building that’s the problem-- it’s the low number of students in it. This year, there are only seven students enrolled at the school: three in preschool and four in elementary school. And since the schools receive a certain amount of funding from the state per student, the Dolores County School District is having trouble making ends meet.


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The tiny Rico School in the mountain town northeast of Dolores will remain open for the near future, but some way needs to be found to make it self-sustaining.

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A 42-year-old Rico woman was killed Monday in an explosion that destroyed her home and reverberated throughout the small mountain town.

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The town of Rico will not experience a break in Internet connectivity next month.