News, October 3rd

COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE AREAS REMAIN OPEN DESPITE SHUTDOWN OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Denver—The Federal government may be closed but Colorado is open for business for hunting, camping and fishing.  All lands managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife are still up and running.  According to officials with parks and wildlife, while national parks have been closed because of the congressional budget impasse, Colorado’s 42 state parks and over 300 wildlife areas are fully operational and available to the public.  As for autumn camping, some U.S. Forest Service campgrounds may be closed but dispersed camping is available in most forests.  Hunting season is in full swing and is unhindered by the government shutdown.  For more information on backcountry access, call 303-866-3437.

GLENWOOD CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

Glenwood Springs—The Mill Levy Increase ballot question for the Glenwood Springs Fire Department will be discussed by the city council at tonight’s meeting.  The 2014 budget is also on tonight’s agenda.   The council meeting begins at 7.

NO SPECIAL “FLOODING” SESSION FOR STATE LAWMAKERS

Denver—There won’t be a special session for state lawmakers to deal with flood-related issues.  Governor John Hickenlooper has decided against calling lawmakers back to work to tackle laws and regulations dealing with looting and fraud which took place shortly after the floods damaged over 200 miles of roads, 50 bridges and destroyed over 18-hundred homes.  Governor Hickenloopers is visiting some of the hardest hit communities today including Evans, Loveland, Milliken and Commerce City. 

WESTERN SLOPE MINING COMPANY LAYING OFF WORKERS

Somerset—Half the workers with Oxbow Mining are out of work.  The company announced the layoff at the Elk Creek Mine in Somerset after having to abandon a multi-million dollar mining machine.  For over nine months, the company has tried to recover the equipment following instances of spontaneous combustion in the coal mine.  Company officials say it’s a total loss and about 150 workers have been let go.

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