NEWS, OCTOBER 11TH

Glenwood Springs–Police chiefs in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Basalt publicly responded for the first time to defend the school resource officer program in the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District. The S-R-O program has been criticized by local immigrant rights groups for working with federal authorities.

Aspen–Officials in Aspen are asking the state water court to throw out a lawsuit alleging it abandoned it’s water rights from local creeks. The city is in a legal dispute with a group of landowners who say the city surrendered it’s rights to water from the Castle, Maroon and Midland creeks for a hydropower plant.

In other news…

DENVER (AP) – A Denver District Court judge has begun hearing
arguments in a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over what
Colorado’s new congressional maps will look like. Republicans told
the judge today that Democrats are trying to move 1.5 million
voters into new districts to gain more congressional seats.
Democrats say the state has fundamentally changed since the state
drew new district lines a decade ago. The court has been given
about a half dozen maps to consider. The trial is expected to last
two weeks.

DENVER (AP) – Colorado Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp says he
is resigning from the Legislature to focus more attention on his
four children. Kopp’s wife, Kimberly, died in July after battling
cancer. The Republican state senator from Littleton was elected to
the Senate in 2006 and became Senate minority leader in May 2010.

DILLON, Colo. (AP) – Colorado snowmobilers will have another
year to learn the roads and trails that will remain open next year
under new Forest Service rules. Dillon Ranger District officer Ken
Waugh says one important change is a buffer zone near Elliot Ridge
north of Silverthorne to eliminate snowmobiler mistakes crossing
into the Eagles Nest Wilderness.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado revenue agents have seized a
Fort Collins warehouse and call center over allegations business
operators failed to pay taxes and lied on income tax returns.
Agents posted a notice saying Colorado is owed at least $50,000 in
back taxes from the companies. The Coloradoan reports the building
is owned by a Colorado Springs company that is not connected to the
businesses.

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