FROM THE KMTS NEWSROOM… (04/13/2011)

Glenwood Springs–Officials with the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District will once
again tackle budget concerns for the next school year. Cutbacks at the state level
won’t be as severe as first thought but the district is still facing a loss of
nearly three million dollars.
Rifle–Bad news for Rifle motorists…the safety improvement project at the
intersection of State Highway 13 and Railroad Avenue will not be finished
next month. C-Dot says due to some complications with the drainage,
the project won’t be done until mid or late June.
Aspen–It’s time to be Bear Aware. Division of Wildlife officials are looking
for volunteers to be part of the annual “Bear Aware” teams forming up
and down the valley. A special meeting is being held next Wednesday night
in Aspen. Bears are waking up from hibernation looking for food.
Washington, D.C.,–A special forum on hydraulic fracturing in natural gas
drillilng will be held later this month in Golden. The B-L-M will host the
forum and will have a number of experts on hand to talk about the latest
technology being used to make the procedure as safe as possible. The
April 25th forum is open to the public.

DENVER (AP) – A proposal restricting how much state-chartered
entities spend on travel is up for debate at the Capitol in
response to a pricey golfing trip by a state-chartered insurer.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold a hearing on the
measure on Wednesday. It would limit travel expenditures for public
agencies to twice the maximum federal daily rate for food and
lodging.
Democratic Rep. Sal Pace of Pueblo said the bill is a response
to a golfing trip by Pinnacol Assurance last year. The company
spent more than $300,000 on a trip to Pebble Beach resort in
California.
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has elected
Pearl Casias as its chairwoman, replacing Matthew Box, who resigned
amid complaints about his management and communication.
The Durango Herald reports Casias is the first woman elected to
lead the southwest Colorado tribe.
She won a special election Tuesday with 37 percent of the vote,
leading four other candidates, including Box. The Herald reports
that the tribe’s special election rules don’t require a majority to
win.

DENVER (AP) – Frontier Airlines is cutting in half the fees its
customers pay to change their tickets and is offering a $5 discount
for passengers that check their bags online.
For tickets purchased on or after Wednesday, Frontier will
charge a $50 change fee for alterations to coach class tickets,
down from a previous $100. Customers who check a bag online will
pay $15, down from the standard $20.

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