News, April 15th

THREE PEOPLE KILLED IN SUNDAY GW CANYON ACCIDENT

Glenwood Springs–Three people were killed early Sunday morning, including two teenagers from the Roaring Fork Valley in a head-on collision between a car and a semi in Glenwood Canyon. The victims were identified as the 17 year old driver, Brianda Zavala of Glenwood Springs, 16 year old Jennifer Nevarez of Carbondale and a 24 year old man from Gypsum. According to reports from the Colorado State Patrol, Zavala was behind the wheel of a 2006 Audi and heading east on I-70 through the two-lane construction zone when she crashed head-on into a westbound King Soopers/City Market semi. The 54 year old truck driver was not hurt. The accident occurred around 5:30 am and closed Glenwood Canyon in both directions for over 4 hours. All three people in the Audi were pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say the roads were wet at the time of the crash. The cause of the crash in still being investigated.

SPRING STORM EXPECTED TO LINGER

Undated–The weekend blizzard has left parts of the Colorado mountains covered in new snow. Whiteout conditions prompted the Colorado Department of Transportation to close U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass around 12:30 a.m. yesterday, and gusts up to 93 mph were recorded in southwest Colorado. Accidents temporarily closed various stretches of Interstate 70 early yesterday. The National Weather Service said another wave of Pacific moisture could bring 15 to 25 inches of new snow to the northern Colorado mountains by Wednesday night. Among ski resorts, Beaver Creek was reporting 15 new inches of snow.

STATE ELECTION LAWS COULD CHANGE

DENVER (AP) – Changes to election Colorado rules allowing same-day voter registration and mailing ballots to all registered voters will get its first hearing in a state House committee. The Democrat-sponsored bill would also eliminate the category of voters considered inactive because the failed to vote in the most recent election. That category restricts voters’ ability to get ballots by mail. The bill will get testimony and a possible first vote today.

LAWMAKERS DISCUSS SCHOOL FUNDING ON TAX DAY

DENVER (AP) – It’s Tax Day, but Democrats in the Colorado Legislature probably didn’t purposely choose the date when they scheduled a committee hearing on a sweeping bill to remake the state’s convoluted process for funding schools. It’s the biggest revision in decades on how Colorado funds K-12 public schools, with a goal of making school funding more equitable. But the big changes take effect only if voters agree this fall to something like $1 billion in higher income taxes.

This entry was posted in News. Bookmark the permalink.