FROM THE KMTS NEWSROOM… (01/14/2011)

REEVES BROWN/DOLA/HICKENLOOPER

LET’S ALL WORK TOGETHER. LET’S ALL GET ALONG AND PLAY NICE….REEVES BROWN HAS HEARD IT ALL BEFORE FROM PAST GOVERNORS. THE FORMER CLUB 20 PRESIDENT WAS CHOSEN BY JOHN HICKENLOOPER TO HEAD UP DOLA, THE DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL AFFAIRS. BROWN BELIEVES HICKENLOOPER’S TEAM APPROACH TO SOLVING THE STATE’S PROBLEMS IS GENUINE. HE SAYS THERE’S SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT THE MAN WITH THE FUNNY NAME.
AS THE DOLA DIRECTOR, BROWN SAYS HE’S LOOKING
FORWARD TO BEING A PARTNER WITH EVERY COLORADO
COMMUNITY TO ENSURE INFRASTRUCTURE MONEY IS
DISTRIBUTED FAIRLY. HE SAYS DOLA DOES ALOT MORE THAN CUT CHECKS FROM SEVERANCE TAX FUNDS.
MEANWHILE, BROWN SAYS CLUB 20 IS ACCEPTING
APPLICATIONS FOR A NEW DIRECTOR THROUGH
NEXT WEEK.

WILLITS FIRE INVESTIGATION
THERE’S SOMETHING SUSPICIOUS ABOUT A FIRE THAT QUICKLY DESTROYED A TWO-STORY, SINGLE-FAMILY HOME TWO NIGHTS AGO NEAR BASALT. AUTHORITIES WITH THE COLORADO BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, THE EAGLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND THE
BASALT FIRE DEPARTMENT WANT TO KNOW WHAT SPARKED
THE FIRE AT WHAT CAUSED IT TO BURN SO RAPIDLY. ONE OF THREE PEOPLE RENTING THE WILLITS HOME MANAGED TO ESCAPE THE FIRE UNHARMED. THE HOUSE WAS IN FORECLOSURE. ACCORDING
TO REPORTS FROM THE BASALT FIRE DEPARTMENT, FLAMES WERE ALREADY SHOOTING OUT THE WINDOWS WHEN THEY ARRIVED AND WITH NEIGHBORING HOMES JUST A FEW FEET AWAY, THEY WERE FORCED TO GO INTO A DEFENSIVE MODE.
C’DALE TOWN MANAGER SEARCH
THE SEARCH FOR A NEW TOWN MANAGER IN CARBONDALE COULD BE EXPENSIVE AND TIME CONSUMING. THE TOWN IS LOOKING TO REPLACE CURRENT MANAGER TOM BAKER WHO’S CONTRACT WAS NOT RENEWED. ASSISTANT TOWN MANAGER NANCY BARNETT IS NOW
IN CHARGE BUT HASN’T INDICATED WHETHER SHE’D BE INTERESTED IN THE JOB. BAKER HAS ALSO AGREED TO STAY ON BOARD FOR A WHILE LONGER. TOWN TRUSTEES SAY THE SEARCH COULD INVOLVE
HIRING A CONSULTANT AND CONDUCTING SEVERAL MEETINGS AND CITIZEN FORUMS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS.
DENVER (AP) – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is setting out on
a statewide tour to get help from counties putting together an
economic plan. First stop: Edwards, Fruita, Durango and Del Norte
on the Western slope. The four-day tour will also hit Limon,
Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Loveland.

DENVER (AP) – Sen. Michael Bennet is continuing his emphasis on
education during a speech to mark the Martin Luther King Jr.
holiday. Bennet says he’ll talk about schools today at the annual
Business Social Responsibility Awards Luncheon in Denver, an event
honoring the slain civil rights leader.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – A Boulder judge has reduced the bond for
former University of Colorado linebacker Michael Sipill, who’s
accused of raping a woman at an off-campus gathering. Sipili was
charged yesterday with felony sexual assault. He is a senior at CU
but no longer plays for the football team.

DENVER (AP) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is praising John
Walsh as Colorado’s new U.S. attorney as showing that leadership is
needed in “times like these of inexplicable loss.” Holder’s
statement in in Denver yesterday marking Walsh’s installation was a
reference to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.
Holder spoke Wednesday at a service in Tucson for the others shot,
six of whom died.

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