• Members Durango City Government Accused of Violating State Laws DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – A Durango resident has accused the city’s manager and four city councilors of using city resources to advocate for a tax increase. The Durango Herald reports John Simpson has filed a complaint with Durango City Clerk Amy Phillips, alleging Mayor Sweetie Marbury; city councilors Chris Bettin, Dean Brookie and Dick White; ...
  • Hospital Expenditures Must Now be Disclosed DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s Senate has tentatively endorsed bipartisan legislation requiring hospitals to disclose many of their expenditures in an effort to help lower health care costs. The Senate voted Wednesday to approve the bill.
  • Spring 2019 Issues and Answers 
  • Hungry Beetles Continue to Ravage Colorado Forests Denver—Spruce beetles damaged over 178,000 acres of Colorado’s high country according to the state forest service. The agency’s annual report said wildfires consumed the second largest area in state history in 2018.  The report says dense, unhealthy forests, drought and warmer temperatures are to blame. Since 2000, the forest service says the beetle has destroyed ...
  • Local Rivers & Snowpack much Improved Basalt—Last week the snowpack in the Roaring Fork watershed sat at 116 percent of normal. Today, it’s 139 percent.  According to the Roaring Fork Conservancy, most SnoTel sites around the watershed saw an increase in the snow water equivalent (SWE) of around three inches. Meanwhile, steady rain boosted local river and stream flows to above ...
  • Aspen Airport Curfew Aspen—American Airlines may have to pay a fine for breaking curfew rules at Sardy Field this winter.  Pitkin County Attorney John Ely says an independent hearing officer will oversee a public hearing to decide if fines are warranted.  According to the rules, planes cannot take off from the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport after 10:30 pm and ...
  • Another Banner Year for Rocky Mountain National Park FORT COLLINS (AP) – Rocky Mountain National Park recorded nearly 4.6 million visitors last year, making it the third most-visited national park in the U.S. The park ranked below Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 11.4 million visitors and Grand Canyon National Park with 6.4 million. According to the National Park Service, the number of visitors ...
  • Reinsurance Bill Passed by Colorado Committee Denver—Western Slope communities might get a little financial relief from exorbitantly high health costs under a bill that was passed this week by the Health and Insurance Committee.  The so-called “reinsurance” measure introduced by Carbondale Republican Senator Bob Rankin when he was in the house, was defeated last year.  This year’s version however has gained ...
  • Changes in Store for Colorado Oil and Gas Industry DENVER— The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will soon have less authority when it comes to drilling operations near residential areas.  Democrat leaders are promising sweeping changes in the way the state regulates oil and gas. Gov. Jared Polis and top lawmakers are introducing a bill making health and safety the top priorities of ...
  • New Bureau of Land Management Field Manager Named for the Silt Office Silt—After a long search, the Bureau of Land Management has a new field manager for the Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt.  Colorado native and former Assistant Rifle District Ranger Larry Sandoval will be taking over.  Northwest District Manager Andrew Archuleta says “Larry brings a wealth of experience as both a resource specialist and ...