Glenwood Springs–Glenwood Springs voters can learn a little more about
their council candidates during a forum tonight at city hall. Michael Gamba,
Todd Leahy and incumbent Dave Sturgis are running unopposed. The
only contested race is between Russ Arensman and Ted Edmonds. The
forum begins at 6 O’clock and will be televised live on cable channel 10.
Beaver Creek–The Georgia man who punched a 14 year old girl in the face
on the slopes at Beaver Creek after she bumped into his 4 year old son pled
guilty to third-degree assault. 41 year old Scott Filler was ordered to pay
a fine, restitution and take anger management classes.
State Capitol–The synthetic marijuana known as “spice” will be banned
permanently in Colorado under a bill being considered by lawmakers.
The fake pot is often sold as incense. Recently, five cadets at the Air
Force Academy were expelled for using spice.
State Capitol–Governor John Hickenlooper’s administration changed
the rules to allow restaurants and liquor stores to sell 3.2 beer. Republican
lawmakers say the decision smacks of favoritism and they’re demanding
an explanation.
DENVER (AP) – Gov. John Hickenlooper says Colorado could avoid
closing 15 of its 41 state parks by consolidating the Division of
Wildlife and the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. He says
the state could save $3 million to $4 million a year by combining
the boards and the 900 jobs in the state’s Department of Natural
Resources. Fishing licenses and camping permits could become
available on the same website.

DENVER (AP) – Southeastern Colorado officials want lawmakers to
delay closing a prison so they can consider other possible uses for
the facility and keep jobs in the region. Officials from Bent and
Otero counties and surrounding areas told lawmakers from the Joint
Budget Committee they’re not asking for the prison to never be
closed. But they want a year to look at other ways that they can
use the Fort Lyon Correctional facility.