GARCO SHERIFF TO MOVE FORWARD WITH 2ND AMENDMENT SUIT AGAINST STATE
Glenwood Springs—Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario says he will continue his 2nd Amendment battle with the state as an individual after a recent court ruling saying the County Sheriff’s of Colorado could not sue to block the new gun laws.
EAGLE COUNTY MURDER SUSPECT REMEMBERS NOTHING
EAGLE (AP) – The daughter of a teacher who is accused of killing her mother tells investigators that she does not remember the shooting. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jessie Mosher says the body of 60 year old Penelope Sue Cunningham, of Aurora, was found 15 miles up Gypsum Creek Road on Friday. Cunningham had been shot multiple times. 28 year old Traci Cunningham of Aurora was arrested Saturday and is being held without bail at the Eagle County jail, where she is facing a charge of first-degree murder in the case. A police affidavit says Traci Cunningham told them she remembers picking up a gun, but she does not remember what happened next.
HICKENLOOPER VOWS TO WORK WITH ALL COUNTIES
COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – Governor. John Hickenlooper told local government officials that votes in 11 rural counties on whether to secede from Colorado led to debates that will ultimately make the state stronger. Hickenlooper addressed the Colorado Counties Incorporated winter conference this morning in Colorado Springs. He’s been sharply criticized by some rural Colorado counties for legislation he signed this year, including new gun restrictions and renewable-energy standards for electricity cooperatives.
That frustration prompted 11 counties this year to hold a vote on whether to secede from Colorado. Six counties voted against the idea. Hickenlooper also repeated his promise to listen more to rural communities across the state and said Democrats who control the Colorado Legislature plan to do the same.
COLORADO STILL IN A DROUGHT
PUEBLO (AP) – Despite some good early snowfall, drought conditions persist through most of Colorado. The U.S. Drought Monitor says three-quarters of the state is in some form of drought. Conditions are the worst in the Arkansas Valley in southeastern Colorado. Parts of Bent, Crowley and Otero counties are listed as being in exceptional drought, the worst designation. Only the South Platte and the North Platte basins, hit by September’s flooding, are listed as drought free.Municipal water providers aren’t too worried right now because there’s more water in reservoirs than there was at this time last year. Snowpack levels are above average but that isn’t considered a predictor of next year’s water supply since most of the state’s snow typically doesn’t come until March and April.