FROM THE KMTS NEWSROOM… (02/17/2011)

Glenwood Springs–After a balmy Wednesday, wet, heavy snow and gusty winds blew into the valley today. Emergency officials were called out to several accidents this morning along the I-70 corridor and Highway 82.
Garfield County–Law enforcement officials will divulge more graphic details tonight about a sexually violent predator living in Garfield County. The special meeting will be held
at the Sheriff’s office annex in Rifle at 6 O’clock. Children should not attend.
State Capitol–Alot of people are upset over Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s proposal to drastically cut education funding
to help balance the budget. Some of his fellow democrats are trying to come up with alternative plans to avoid teacher
layoffs.
Glenwood Springs–A cost-effective insurance plan is being offered to small business owners throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
Roaring Fork Employer Solutions is being backed by chambers of commerce and medical providers in the area.

DENVER (AP) – Colorado Democrats have killed a Republican
proposal that would have allowed law enforcement to arrest people
suspected of being in the country illegally. Sponsor Sen. Kent
Lambert argued his bill would simply give law enforcement the
authority to enforce current laws and he disagreed with the
criticism that his proposal would lead to racial profiling.

DENVER (AP) – A few dozen bidders are gathering for a state oil
and gas development lease auction today. The Colorado State Land
Board has more than 100 parcels listed for sale. Interest in the
auction has been high because of industry excitement over the
Niobrara shale under parts of northeast Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska
and Kansas.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Former U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey has
been named the Department of Homeland Security’s assistant
secretary for intergovernmental affairs. The Coloradoan reports
that the Democrat from Fort Collins will be based in Washington,
D.C. She’ll coordinate Homeland Security’s work with state, local,
tribal and territorial leaders.

DENVER (AP) – Twenty-five lions, most of them rescued from
Bolivian circuses, have arrived in Colorado where they will start
their new lives at a Keenesburg wildlife sanctuary. The group
Animal Defenders International says the animals were rescued from
deplorable conditions after a law was passed last year in Bolivia
prohibiting all performances involving animals. Former “Price is
Right” host Bob Barker is financing their rescue.

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