Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Springs City Council will take a second look at the Glenwood Green Apartment project at tonight’s meeting. Developers are hoping to build 60 affordable units at Glenwood Meadows. Tonight’s meeting begins at 7.
Carbondale–It’s time for life to get back to normal in Carbondale after Tuesday’s special election that sent the Village at Crystal River development project down to defeat. Tonight, members of the community are invited to a get together for a time of healing at the Gathering Center at the Orchard at 6 o’clock.
Grand Junction–Western Slope Republican lawmaker Laura Bradford may jump to the other side of aisle. The Grand Junction Representative who was pulled over for a traffic stop last week near the state capitol and suspected of of drinking, says she may switch to the Democrat party. Bradford was disappointed fellow Republicans convened an ethics committee even after she apologized before the house and it was confirmed by police that she did not use her legislative position to avoid a DUI charge. Bradford will make a decision tomorrow.
Denver–Oil shale research and development will be on the fast track if Doug Lamborn gets his way. The republican congressman has introduced a bill that would require the Interior Department to offer more leases on federal land for oil shale projects. Lamborn’s bill was approved by a House committee but faces a tough battle in the Senate.
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – A report handed to Pitkin County
commissioners indicates the county known for its glitter and
glamour has fewer tourism jobs than a decade ago.
The report was based on 2010 census data. Researchers found that
travel and tourism jobs make up more than 50 percent of employment
in the county, or about 8,700 jobs. That number has declined by 560
jobs since 2000, when the last census was taken.
Commissioners say the economy was fast paced through the first
two-thirds of the last decade, but quickly fell off with the
recession. They are also worried that the high cost of living is deterring
young people from Aspen.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – The University of Colorado is offering
in-state tuition to dependents of military veterans who are only in
Colorado for a short period of time. The Board of Regents says the lower rate will be offered to students who have attended at least two years of high school in Colorado while their families lived in the state.
Two years ago, state lawmakers offered the lower tuition for
honorably discharged veterans, but did not include dependents.
DENVER (AP) – Colorado Republicans aren’t faring well on some of
their major health care proposals this year.
A Republican bill to repeal Colorado’s health insurance exchange
is up for a vote Thursday in a Democrat-controlled Senate
committee, where it appears headed to certain defeat. The committee
is led by the Democratic senator who proposed the exchange last
year. The same committee voted down a Republican idea to seek a
federal Medicaid waiver. GOP leaders have said a federal waiver is
crucial to trim health care costs. Democrats have called the waiver
idea wishful thinking that could hurt the needy if approved.
The health insurance exchange is unpopular with some Republicans
because it is a required element of the federal health care law.