NEWS, JULY 20TH

Glenwood Springs–Colorado Chief Justice Michael Bender paid a visit to Glenwood Springs yesterday. The state’s top judge toured the Garfield County Combined Courts and met with staff members. He encouraged them to keep up the good work during the recession.

Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is laying out the red carpet for the 12-hundred cavers that are in town for a week-long convention. The chamber says the gathering should provide a nice boost for the local economy.

Grand Junction–Oil and gas industry groups are concerned about the proposed roadless rule for Colorado. They say the regulations would designate more areas as wilderness and essentially cut off access to drilling sites.

Rifle–The Rifle Police Department is teaming up with a group of agencies and organizations to fight animal abuse. The Crimestoppers for animals program will provide rewards up to 2,000 dollars for anonymous tips.

In other news….

DENVER (AP) – Another campaign ad attacking President Barack
Obama is hitting the airwaves Wednesday – and the Republican
National Committee is aiming this one just at Colorado, Nevada and
New Mexico. The ad continues Republican themes of blaming the president for the poor economy and highlights the unemployment rate and national
debt. The RNC is pairing the ad with Spanish-language radio ads.
Republicans have said they intend to press harder to pick off
Latino voters from Democrats than they did in 2008. The radio ad
makes similar points about the struggling economy.
Republicans didn’t say how much they’re spending on the ads,
which will run for about a week. The RNC notes that both Nevada and
New Mexico have Republican Latino governors and says Latinos “have
a home in the GOP.”

DENVER (AP) – Marijuana and gay marriage are before a Colorado
board charged with clearing language for possible ballot
initiatives. The board hears a complaint today that a proposed
constitutional amendment to authorize pot for recreational use does
not properly tell voters that the measure would raise taxes.
Members will also hear a proposed initiative to repeal a same-sex
marriage ban approved by voters in 2006.

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) – About 40 soldiers from an explosives
disposal unit return to Fort Carson today after a year in
Afghanistan. Fort Carson says the 62nd Explosives Ordnance Disposal
Company conducted more than 850 emergency response combat missions,
including 350 involving improvised explosive devices. Members of
the company received five Purple Hearts, 17 Bronze Stars and other
decorations.

DENVER (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper is unveiling dozens of
goals aimed at boosting Colorado’s economy by addressing everything
from business regulation, tourism and education, his most
far-reaching initiative since he took office in January. The goals
focus on six areas the state will work to improve in the coming
years and the ideas come from dozens of meetings across the state
and input from all 64 counties.

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