News, August 23rd

MILL LEVY INCREASE PROPOSED FOR GLENWOOD

Glenwood Springs—A campaign is under way to raise the mill levy in Glenwood Springs to help pay for emergency services like fire and ambulance.  Supporters say property taxes, the fire district’s source of revenue, have plummeted while the demand for services continues to increase.  Glenwood Springs Rural Fire District President Bill Livingston says the mill levy increase would only be for five years and on average would cost homeowners 40 to 60 dollars a year.

HICKENLOOPER’S POPULARITY WANING ACCORDING TO POLL

DENVER (AP) – A new poll shows just 45 percent of Colorado voters want Democratic Gov. John Hickenloooper re-elected next year and half of voters disapprove of his stance on new gun laws and the death penalty.  The Quinnipiac (KWIHN’-uh-pee-ak) University poll released Friday says Hickenlooper’s approval rating is 48 percent and he’s narrowly ahead of potential Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo. Hickenlooper leads the former congressman 46 to 45 percent.  Hickenlooper signed new gun laws this year, including more background checks and limits on ammunition magazine sizes. He granted an indefinite stay of execution to Nathan Dunlap, who killed four people at a Chuck E. Cheese in 1993.  The poll of 1,184 registered voters was taken from Aug. 15-21 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

RECREATION INSURANCE HIKES MAY BE  NIXED BY PARK SERVICE

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – The National Park Service is reconsidering increased insurance requirements for whitewater boating outfitters in Dinosaur National Monument after complaints of possible national implications. Companies are worried that a big jump in the liability insurance and other changes could sharply drive up their costs and possibly even make it impossible for them to stay in business.  Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall are taking up the issue in a letter to the Park Service on Monday.

COLORADO STATE FAIR UNDER WAY

PUEBLO (AP) – Colorado’s State Fair opens Friday with a new emphasis on locally grown and produced products.  The Fair in Pueblo has a new “Colorado Proud” store, where visitors can shop for food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in Colorado.   Not everything at the fair is new. Friday night marks the return of an annual political tradition, the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce barbecue. Gov. John Hickenlooper will be there, along with many members of Congress and aspiring officeholders.  The fair runs through Sept. 2.

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