NEWS, NOVEMBER 11TH

Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge 2286 will honor all veterans during a special Veteran’s Day program tonight at 6 O’clock. Food and beverages will be served, the Glenwood Springs High School Percussion Ensemble will perform and the Army will be recognized.

Alamosa–The pilot of a small plane that crashed yesterday afternoon near Alamosa was killed. The cause of the crash is being investigated.

Denver–The Bureau of Land Management raised about 3 million dollars by selling 43 oil and gas parcels in Colorado. The highest price was just under a million dollars for 240 acres in Weld County. 51 percent of the proceeds goes to Uncle Sam while the state of Colorado gets the rest.

Denver–It’s a victory for Colorado Democrats. Yesterday, a district court judte in Denver approved the Democrats’ plan to redraw Colorado’s congressional district lines. Republican Congressman Mike Coffman stands to lose alot of support under the plan.

In other news…

DENVER (AP) – A U.S. House committee is asking for a briefing on
a $267 million government loan to a Colorado-based company that has
filed for bankruptcy protection.
Open Range Communications Inc. is a high-speed, wireless
Internet services provider based in Greenwood Village. It received
the loan in 2008 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural
Utilities Service, which is working to expand high-speed Internet
access to rural communities.
Open Range filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last
month, listing $114 million in assets and $110 million in debts.
The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/s1eL65 ) the balance of Open
Range’s loan is $73.5 million.
Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado is among the House members
seeking a briefing and documents from the Rural Utilities Service
to explain the agency’s process for reviewing the loan application.

TRANSPLANT QUANDARY
Apartment managers apologize over transplant issue
(Information in the following story is from: Fort Collins
Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com)
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – A family forced to move from their
Fort Collins apartment so their daughter could qualify for a liver
transplant is getting an apology from apartment managers.
The Hawks family moved out of their home at the Fox Meadows
apartment complex last month because their daughter has a
life-threatening liver disease and the tenant below them smoked,
making her questionable for a transplant.
According to KMGH-TV (http://bit.ly/toO7bl ), the apartment
complex has agreed to stop charging the family rent for breaking
their lease that could be going to pay doctor bills.

VETERANS DAY
Veterans Day marked at Fort Logan, CU, CSU
DENVER (AP) – Ceremonies marking Veterans Day are being held
around Colorado.
Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver is hosting its annual
ceremony honoring veterans on Friday.
Colorado State University is wrapping a week of events honoring
veterans. The names of names of service members who have died in
Iraq and Afghanistan will be read on Friday and students are being
asked to observe a minute of silence at noon.
The University of Colorado will dedicate plaques honoring the
fallen from Iraq and Afghanistan.
In Pueblo, a memorial to Vietnam veterans is being rededicated.
Congressman Scott Tipton will attend and pay tribute to
Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, the late Maj. William
Edward Adams.
In Aurora, congressman Ed Perlmutter is hosting a screening of a
documentary about nine Coloradans who fought in Iwo Jima.

SAME SEX LAWSUIT
Jury rejects discrimination claims against county
(Information in the following story is from: Summit Daily News,
http://www.summitdaily.com/)
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) – A same-sex couple is deciding whether
to appeal after losing a lawsuit against Summit County claiming
they lost a home they were building because of discrimination by
county officials.
Jason Rodgers and James Hazel said they were told building
permits are only issued to families and they eventually lost their
home to foreclosure.
According to the Summit Daily News (http://bit.ly/senyEz ),
county officials said the two men were inexperienced homebuilders
and made a mess they couldn’t afford to clean up.

ALAMOSA PLANE CRASH
Investigators seek cause of Alamosa plane crash
(Information in the following story is from: Valley Courier,
http://www.alamosanews.com/)
ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) – Investigators are trying to determine the
cause of a twin-engine plane crash that left the male pilot dead.
The Federal Aviation Administration says a Cessna 337 crashed
and burned on a highway south of San Luis Valley Regional Airport
around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The plane had just left the airport.
Alamosa County Sheriff Dave Stong tells the Alamosa Valley
Courier (http://bit.ly/t9GXnH) the plane was headed for Salida in
Chaffee County. He saysthe pilot’s name is being withheld pending
notification of next of kin.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are
investigating the cause of the crash.

TIRE MOUNTAIN
Committee wants to close loophole for used tires
(Information in the following story is from: The Denver Post,
http://www.denverpost.com)
DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Waste Tire Advisory Committee wants
to close a loophole in a program designed to encourage recycling of
used tires.
The program is funded by fees consumers pay on new-tire
purchases. Lawmakers want to get rid of the fees or help companies
develop or invest in technologies that make use of scrap tires.
According to the Denver Post (http://bit.ly/vFoP1M ), the state
has continued to pay tens of thousands of dollars a month to the
owners of a dump near Hudson for doing little more than dumping
shredded tires on the ground.

RAISE REJECTED
CU president turns down raise
(Information in the following story is from: Daily Camera,
http://www.dailycamera.com/)
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – University of Colorado president Bruce
Benson is turning down an $11,000 raise after the university
resumed salary hikes for employees.
Benson gets paid about $360,000 a year. He also was among top
administrators who took 5 percent pay cuts because of the
recession.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/uzC7XE ),
the Board of Regents decided to use a portion of student tuition to
help fund the merit-based salary pool and reward employees with
raises of up to 3 percent.

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