Jan 27, 2010 11:32 AM by Associated Press

Colorado county wants to block nursing home sale

A southern Colorado county is trying to stop the state from selling a nursing home open more than 50 years.

Las Animas County officials are trying to block the sale of the Trinidad State Nursing Home. State lawmakers approved the sale last year, with proceeds to go to other state nursing homes.

But Las Animas officials say they've found an old deed that appears to prevent the sale. The 1955 deed says that the nursing home reverts back to the possession of Trinidad State Junior College if it is used for any other purpose than a state-run home for the aged.

County Commissioner Jim Montoya says commissioners may file an injunction to try to stop the sale.

The nursing home has 128 beds and an annual budget of about $6.5 million.




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