NEWS, JANUARY 31ST

Carbondale–It’s D-day in Carbondale. Voters are deciding the fate of the Village at Crystal River development project. Ballots have to be dropped off at either Carbondale Town Hall or the Garfield County courthouse.

Glenwood Springs–Four Denver men linked to a statewide human trafficking/child prostitution ring allegedly conducted business in Glenwood Springs. The men, all in their early 20’s, are facing numerous criminal charges that could bring long prison sentences and heavy fines. They will be tried in Jefferson County.

Glenwood Springs–The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees postponed a decision on a possible tuition hike for next school year. They’ll revisit the issue in March.

Boulder–On the heels of a 9 percent tuition hike at the University of Colorado, school officials are defending the decision to give top administrators a rather large pay raise. C.U. Chancellor Phil DiStefano got a 50 thousand dollar raise , bringing his annual salary to nearly 390 thousand.

In other news…

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado Department of
Transportation is closing one lane of Interstate 70 through the
Twin Tunnels this week for inspection work.
The department said Tuesday the work will begin at 8 each night
through Thursday. The lane is scheduled to reopen at 7 each
morning.
Drivers going to and from Glenwood Springs should expect minor
slowing through the area.

REPUBLICANS-COLORADO
2 GOP presidential hopefuls hit Colorado
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Two Republican presidential
candidates who have given up on the Florida primary vote are
hitting Colorado in hopes of a strong showing in next week’s
caucuses.
Ron Paul and Rick Santorum planned campaign stops in Colorado
Tuesday. Paul and Santorum have ceded the Florida primary to
front-runners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
Colorado’s presidential precinct caucuses are next week. The
caucuses are non-binding; Colorado’s 36 Republican National
Convention delegates will be chosen at a state assembly held April.
But the precinct caucuses can be evidence of a candidate’s support.
Paul has stops planned in Fort Collins, Denver and Colorado
Springs. Santorum planned a campaign event in Lone Tree, with
further stops Wednesday and Saturday.
Romney’s campaign has said he’ll campaign here just before the
Tuesday caucuses.

COORS-7TH DISTRICT
Joe Coors announcing run in 7th District
LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Joe Coors Jr. is announcing a
congressional run against Democratic incumbent Rep. Ed Perlmutter
in Colorado’s 7th District.
Coors, the great-grandson of brewery founder Adolph Coors, will
make the announcement Tuesday morning in Lakewood.
Perlmutter was elected in 2006. He easily defeated Republican
challenger Ryan Frazier in 2010 in what is considered one of the
state’s three competitive districts.

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