NEWS, OCTOBER 25TH

Carbondale–The Carbondale town board will consider banning plastic grocery bags or perhaps charging a fee for bags at tonight’s trustee meeting. Officials in Carbondale are leaning toward a ban similar to one in Aspen. The meeting begins at 6 o’clock.

Denver–The Colorado Supreme Court is expected to make a decision very soon on the new congressional maps being proposed. The state’s high court is saddled with the responsibility because the legislature failed to do it during the last session.

Palisade–A Palisade couple that tried to sell meth to an undercover cop with small children in the house, are behind bars for drug and child abuse charges. Officers say a young woman had her three-month old daughter in her arms while trying to negotiate a deal.

Denver–President Obama will be making a campaign stop in Colorado tonight and tomorrow. He’ll be a the Pepsi Center tonight and is scheduled to deliver a speech at the Auraria campus tomorrow.

In other news…

DENVER (AP) – A new federal program allowing more homeowners who
are in trouble with their mortgages to qualify for refinancing is
expected to have little impact in Colorado. President Barack Obama on Monday announced the broadening of the Home Affordable Refinance Program to help people avoid foreclosure. Close to 21 percent of mortgages in Colorado are worth less than the amount owed. However, experts say the number of Colorado home owners who owe more than 125 percent of the value of their home needed to qualify is relatively low.

DENVER (AP) – The head of the Environmental Protection Agency
says federal regulators will continue to push for the cleanup of
coal power plants in southwestern Colorado despite the rough
economy. EPA administrator Lisa Jackson praised Colorado’s plan to retire
coal plants and replace them with natural gas-powered generators
during a visit Monday to Denver. Many coal plants did not invest in new pollution control technology in good economic times and now they cannot afford it. She says people with respiratory problems are paying the price.

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