News, January 25th

CLUB 20 AT STATE CAPITOL

Denver–Western Slope lobbying group Club 20 has been at the state capitol this week discussing issues with elected and appointed officials. Some of the key topics being covered include the new health care policies and federal mandates, tourism, oil and gas and economic development. State Senators Gail Schwartz, Steve King and Randy Baumgardner addressed the two-day conference along with newly elected District 61 Representative Millie Hamner.

FIREFIGHTER UNIONIZATION BILL

Denver–The Colorado Municipal League has come out against a plan to unionize professional firefighters across the state. The CML says Senate Bill 25 will disenfranchise local governments and disregard the desires local voters. A Senate committee voted 3 to 2 along party lines to approve the bill with Republicans voting against it.

SKIER DEATH LAWSUIT MOVES FORWARD

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – A judge says a woman can proceed with her lawsuit against the city of Steamboat Springs over her son’s death in a skiing accident. A judge denied the city’s request to dismiss Maureen Ryan’s lawsuit. She sued over the death of her teenage son Cooper Larsh, who suffocated after falling head first into deep snow at the city-operated Howelsen Hill in 2011. The city says the area where Larsh died was closed to skiers, but Ryan says it wasn’t properly marked.

MAN WHO PUNCHES DEPUTY DURING FIRE, AVOIDS JAIL TIME

CORTEZ (AP) – A man accused of punching a Montezuma County sheriff’s deputy who tried to block him from reaching a road to get to his home during a wildfire has received a deferred prosecution. If John McHenry of Dolores completes 24 hours of community service and 12 weeks of anger management while not committing any crimes for six months, charges of third-degree assault and resisting arrest will be dismissed.

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