GLENWOOD SPRINGS 2016 BUDGET
Glenwood Springs—Glenwood Springs’ 2016 budget will be a hot topic at tonight’s city council meeting. The bulk of the 72.1 million dollar budget is going toward transportation-related projects including the city’s contribution to the 110 million dollar Grand Avenue Bridge. The police department and parks and recreation will also get a large portion of the budget. In addition, the status of outgoing City Manager Jeff Hecksel will be discussed as well as how soon a search for his replacement will begin. Tonight’s meeting gets underway at 6.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS HAVE A LONG WAIT FOR DRIVER’S LICENSES
Denver—A controversial new program that gives driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants has hit a snag. There are only three offices in Colorado handling the appointments and in most cases it’s taking several months to issue the licenses and identification cards. A coalition advocating for immigrants rights plan to pressure lawmakers to open more offices around the state to streamline the process and handle the growing demand. The group faces a tough battle as Colorado Republicans, who are staunchly opposed to giving licenses to illegal immigrants, have control of the house.
RESERVATION SYSTEM CONSIDERED FOR BUSY CAMPING AREAS NEAR ASPEN
Aspen—Do you have a reservation? You may be asked that question in the near future if you plan to stay overnight in certain areas of the forest near Aspen. After hearing public outcry about overcrowding at Conundrum Creek and Four Pass Loop, the U.S. Forest Service is considering implementing a reservation system as a way to address public concerns. A pair of packed public meetings in April and July brought several issues to light including conflicts between motorists and bicyclists and parking at the trailhead. Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Karen Shroyer says the forest service will study what it will take to limit overnight use in the two areas.