NEWS, OCTOBER 19TH

Glenwood Springs–The hunter who got lost on the flattops last weekend is from New Castle. 65 year old Dudley Blaylock was rescued by a helicopter a little more than a mile and a half from his original campsite.

Glenwood Springs–Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia visited Garfield County yesterday to promote childhood literacy. Garcia heard concerns from parents, teachers and community members in Rifle and Glenwood Springs about pre-school learning programs, teaching non-English speaking students and funding challenges.

Washington, D.C.–What caused the deadly listeria outbreak? Officials with the Food and Drug Administration say it was likely triggered by pools of water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean packing equipment at Jensen Farms in Holly, Colorado. 25 listeria deaths have been confirmed across the U.S.

Denver–State lawmakers say post-Columbine anti-bullying, school safety measures have gone overboard and they want to make some changes. A new plan calls for eliminating so-called zero-tolerance policies that have criminalized students for incidents that at one time could’ve been resolved in the principal’s office.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – The former 7th Judicial District
attorney is scheduled in court for a hearing where he’s expected to
enter a plea.
Police arrested Myrl Serra in September 2010 on suspicion of
unlawful sexual contact with force, criminal extortion, indecent
exposure and official misconduct. His trial is scheduled for Oct.
31. A judge scheduled today’s hearing after a telephone conference between Serra’s defense attorneys and prosecutors.
Allegations against include cornering a female worker inside his
office in April 2010, grabbing her breast and forcing her to touch
his genitals. A jury last month convicted Serra of harassment and violating
his bail conditions. He voluntarily turned himself to jail shortly
after his conviction.

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Aspen Skiing Co. executives are promising to
do better this year after the company’s skier visits failed to
match the growth rates of the Colorado ski industry last winter.
Senior vice president David Perry says the company’s 1.7 percent
growth was disappointing at a time when the 22 members of Colorado
Ski Country USA reported 2.6 percent increase.
Perry says other resorts got more traffic because they got more
snow. He also says Aspen and Snowmass Village are facing stiffer
competition than in past seasons.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – The Mesa County district attorney’s
office has decided not to file charges against a man who filmed
himself dancing on a burial vault at a cemetery to win concert
tickets. Chief Deputy District Attorney Trish Mahre says 27-year-old
Christopher Redd had management’s consent. Mahre says the case
would be difficult to prosecute because Redd’s actions did not seem
to outrage their sensibilities.

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