News, October 24th

GARCO SHERIFF TRIMS 2014 BUDGET

Glenwood Springs—Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario is prepared to do more with less.  Vallario informed county commissioners he’s proposing nearly 6 percent in budget cuts for next year.  He says the cuts will come by allowing several unfilled positions remain that way and the retirement of a K-9 officer.

SKICO CANCELS INTERSTATE PROMOTION OVER ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

Aspen—An Aspen Skiing Company promotion that would have included heli-skiing in Silverton and a private jet trip to the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa in Central California was called off the SkiCo over environmental concerns.  Auden Schendler is with SkiCo’s environmental affairs department and says the interstate promotion was canceled because it didn’t mesh with the company’s core values.  The promotion never went far and Schendler says there are no plans to offer the deal.

ANTI-CHRISTIAN GROUP WANTS AIR FORCE ACADEMY TO DROP GOD FROM OATH

Colorado Springs—“So help me God.”  That vow recited by Air Force Academy cadets as part of the honor code should be dropped according to a group called, “The Military Religious Freedom Foundation.”  The foundation, which was launched in 2005 by a disgruntled former cadet, says the reference to God in the oath is a constitutional violation. The honor code forbids cadets from lying, cheating, stealing or tolerating those that do.  Air Force Academy officials are considering taking God out of the oath.

STOLEN COLLBRAN AMBULANCE FOUND IN SOUTHERN COLORADO

Collbran—Whoever stole the ambulance from the town of Collbran decided to take it for a nearly 400 mile joy ride.  The ambulance taken from the Plateau Valley Fire Department was found in La Junta.  Fire Chief Mike Lockwood says the emergency vehicle was left in the parking lot of the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center.  No one knows who took the ambulance or why.

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