Carbondale–The Roaring Fork Re-1 school board will begin laying out priorities for the ’12-’13 budget. Tonight at Roaring Fork High School, the board will focus on how to allocate the additional 4.8 million dollars that voters approved in a mill levy override last November. The meeting begins at 5:30.

Glenwood Springs–Several local governments have issues with the Bureau of Land Management’s draft resource plan and Environmental Assessment for the Colorado River Valley including Garfield and Pitkin Counties. Public and government comments are due January 17th.

Denver–The National Ski Areas Association is suing the U.S. Forest Service challenging a new water rights clause in some resorts’ permits. The trade group wants an injunction to suspend the clause.

Denver–Colorado’s economy will get most of the attention during the new legislative session that began this morning. Lawmakers on both sides of aisle will consider laws to hire more local workers and eliminate burdensome business regulations.

In other news….

DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s top Senate Democrat wants state
lawmakers to go without pay and benefits if they can’t agree on a
budget, saying his proposal addresses a public perception that
legislators bicker too much. But opponents who say political
cooperation hasn’t been a problem in the past accuse Senate
President Brandon Shaffer of Longmont of pushing a gimmick. Shaffer
says he’ll sponsor legislation today to penalize lawmakers’ pay and
benefits if they force a special session by failing to pass a
budget for state government and schools.

DENVER (AP) – The governor’s office says Colorado will save an
estimated $60,000 per year by having state employees access their
pay stubs online instead of sending them pay stubs printed on
paper. The state started issuing paperless pay stubs to some
employees in late November. The governor’s office says that by the
end of December, state agencies had saved more than $5,400 in
paper, printing and postage costs.

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) – Westminster police say they have
arrested two people suspected of mugging a 91-year-old Marine Corps
veteran on Veterans Day. The veteran had gone grocery shopping that
day with his wife. KUSA-TV in Denver reports 33-year-old Jose Luis
Pizarro and 44-year-old Jill Erickson are suspected of following
him from the store, attacking him from behind and stealing his
wallet as he unloaded groceries outside his home.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Police say a man whose body was
found in a Colorado Springs neighborhood had been kidnapped from
Pueblo. Colorado Springs police said yesterday that the body of
21-year-old Jeremy Naranjo was found late Monday with a gunshot
wound. Pueblo police say the kidnapping may have been related to

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