NEWS, NOVEMBER 17TH

Denver–Grocery stores in Colorado and two dozen other states are pulling Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky off the shelves due to possible salmonella contamination. The 16 ounce jars have a best if used by date of August 3 and 4th of 2012. So far, no illnesses have been reported.

Denver–Governor John Hickenlooper will be busy for the next several weeks trying to convince lawmakers to cut nearly 90 million dollars from K-12 education funding and do away with a nearly 99 million dollar property tax break for senior citizens.

Glenwood Springs–The long, difficult scoping process is under way for the Grand Avenue Bridge. C-DOT engineers along with city and county officials will spend the next several months considering whether to repair or replace the nearly 60 year old bridge.

Lakewood–Federal officials are conducting a hearing today on the future of the Colorado River. Experts are reviewing the environmental impact of regulated flows on the Colorado.

In other news…

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) – Colby College in Maine has confirmed
that a student from Colorado has drowned while spending a semester
abroad in Chile. The college said yesterday that 20-year-old Derrik
Flahive of Littleton was a junior global studies major and a
varsity lacrosse player. He was enrolled in the School for
International Training program based in Santiago. Chilean media say
Flahive drowned after a 30-foot jump at a waterfall in a national
park on Tuesday.

DENVER (AP) – Colorado officials say the state’s strict arsenic
limits are interfering with major construction projects. CDOT and
RTD say they have had to alter projects to meet the tough
standards. The Denver Post reports the Colorado Water Quality
Control Commission believes the arsenic standards are necessary to
protect groundwater discharged into the South Platte River.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A former Ellicott school board
member accused of texting lewd messages to a 14-year-old boy now
faces two felony sexual assault charges involving a 17-year-old
boy. The Gazette reports that 37-year-old Stefanie Dickinson is
accused of luring her 17-year-old baby sitter into a sexual
relationship.

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) – The Air Force is conducting a
readiness exercise that could cause delays at the gates and
elsewhere on the campus north of Colorado Springs today and
tomorrow. Academy officials asked drivers be cautious during the
exercise.

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