From the KMTS News Room:

    • NEWS, AUGUST 5TH Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Springs City Council rejected a plan to impose a 20-cent fee for plastic shopping bags. The council agreed to encourage citizens to help the environment by using less plastic but said government has no right to order a fee to change behavior. Glenwood Springs–If you recently bought fresh or frozen ground ...
    • NEWS, AUGUST 3RD DENVER (AP) – Four environmental groups say a judge should dismiss a lawsuit challenging Colorado's renewable energy standard. The groups argue in court documents that the plaintiffs don't have standing to sue. The challengers say a Colorado law requiring larger utilities to get 30 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020 is raising consumers' electricity costs and violating the ...
    • NEWS, AUGUST 2ND DENVER (AP) – Gov. John Hickenlooper is proposing new rules requiring oil and gas drillers to publicly disclose the ingredients of their hydraulic fracturing fluids, even though he believes there is almost no chance the fluids are contaminating water wells. Hickenlooper announced the plan today at a Colorado Oil & Gas Association conference in Denver. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado ...
    • Anniversary of Big Thompson Flood DRAKE, Colo. (AP) – A 35th anniversary remembrance service for more than 140 people who lost their lives in the Big Thompson flood of 1976 is planned Sunday evening at a memorial marker near Drake. The flash flood on the Big Thompson River on July 31, 1976, swept away cars, flooded Loveland and washed out roads ...
    • Lawsuit Challenges Education Funding DENVER (AP) – Attorneys suing the Colorado government over education funding argue the system is inadequate and affecting students in the poorest communities. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in 2005 claim the Colorado Legislature's method of funding schools violates the state constitution's promise to provide a “thorough and uniform” education system. The trial began Monday and ...
    • Bank Failures DENVER (AP) – Banking regulators say five Colorado bank failures this year could cost the nation's deposit insurance fund slightly more than $1 billion. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. spokesman Greg Hernandez says that represents a fifth of the $5 billion in overall losses to the fund from bank failures through July 22. That $1 billion exceeds the ...
    • Wildlife Wandering Farther Than Expected DENVER (AP) – Tracking devices show Colorado wildlife are wandering farther than expected. The radio collars are being used on mountain lions, lynx, wolves and other wild mammals The GPS devices show a dozen of the 218 lynx transplanted into Colorado walked as far as Kansas, Iowa and Alberta, Canada. A wolf collared near Yellowstone wandered hundreds of ...
    • College Courses Open to Ninth Graders GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Two new laws are opening school district-funded college courses to 9th-graders beginning this fall. The courses will also be open to people as old as 21. The new laws passed two years by the state legislature changed the rules to allow a greater range of students to test college before leaving high ...
    • Blue River Considers Adopting Forest Service Trails BLUE RIVER, Colo. (AP) – Blue River officials are considering adopting trails from the U.S. Forest Service because of budget cuts that are forcing closure of almost all the trails around the small community. Mayor Lindsay Backas says the Board of Trustees is considering asking voters to approve a new town sales tax to keep the ...
    • Breckenridge Suing Over Uncollected Taxes BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) – Breckenridge has filed a class-action lawsuit against more than 20 online travel companies claiming the agencies failed to pay the full lodging and sales taxes owed to the town for rooms the sites have sold. Breckenridge says companies like Expedia have been purchasing rooms from local hotels and then selling them to ...

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