FROM THE KMTS NEWSROOM… (4/14/2011)

Glenwood Springs–A new Glenwood Springs mayor will be chosen tonight
by a new city council. Mayor pro-tem Dave Sturges is seeking the position
as well as councilman Matt Steckler. Newcomers Todd Leahy, Mike Gamba
and Ted Edmonds will also be sworn in.
Glenwood Springs–The Roaring Fork Re-1 School Board talked about
ways to make up for a nearly three million dollar shortfall in next year’s
budget. The board will vote on the final budget plan next Wednesday.
Glenwood Srpings–Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky is
being accused by a local resident of violating a state law for a supposed
conflict of interest. The man says Jankovsky, who’s also the acting
general manager of Sunlight Mountain Resort, stepped across the line
when he voted to approve a liquor license for the No Name Bar and
Grill. The man says the conflict of interest lies in Sunlight’s marketing
ties to the bar’s owner, the Glenwood Canyon Resort. Jankovsky says
Sunlight partners with several local companies and there never
was a conflict of interest.
Peach Valley–The dangers of drinking and driving were demonstrated
at Coal Ridge High School this morning. The Garfield County Sheriff’s
Office and several other emergency groups staged a realistic DUI
accident complete with blood, mangled cars and student actors
posing as injured victims. The accident reenactment is a warning
to young people as they get ready for prom night.
DENVER (AP) – Two Frontier Airlines mechanics say they witnessed
an alleged rape at Denver International Airport and ran inside from
the tarmac to help. Mark Adams and Kris Musil tell Denver’s KMGH-TV
they were working on the tarmac early Tuesday when they saw
something happening in concourse A but they weren’t sure what. Once
inside, they saw a man smack the woman before stepping away when he
saw them there. He tried to leave but the two mechanics stopped
him.

DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s House has given final approval to an
$18 billion spending plan for next year, leaving a spending
agreement worked out last week mostly intact. The budget passed
today with Democrats decrying $250 million worth of cuts to K-12
education and Republicans saying they’d have preferred more
incentives to business to spur hiring. However, all Republicans
ended up voting for the plan.

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) – Michelle Obama is urging children of Fort
Carson soldiers to be proud of who they are. Mrs. Obama visited
students at Fountain-Fort Carson High School today and was greeted
by loud cheers and applause. She spoke about the difficulties of
military families, including the frequent moves and the long
absences of parents.

ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) – Nature enthusiasts will be able to
enjoy the great outdoors next week with free admission to over 300
National Park Service sites, including Rocky Mountain National
Park. Officials at the park say the snow is melting at lower
elevations, leaving the lowest trails accessible to hikers. Snow
conditions are still good for snowshoers and skiers at higher
elevations.

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