NEWS, SEPTEMBER 12TH

Aspen–Pitkin County authorities hope to soon retrieve the body of a climber who fell to his death this past Saturday on Pyramid Peak. The name of the 41 year old man has not been released. Rescue crews could not get to his body over the weekend because of adverse weather and dangerous terrain.

New Castle–The Garfield County Board of Commissioners is holding it’s weekly meeting at the New Castle Fire Station today. The board will discuss land use issues and consider a land use change permit for a new mini storage business in Glenwood Springs.

Grand Junction–Western Slope Congressman Scott Tipton is co-sponsoring a bill to loosen credit for small businesses. The Cortez Republican is teaming up with Democrat Ed Perlmutter in the “Capital Access for Main Street” bill.

Washington, D.C.–A new ad campaign has hit the airwaves in Colorado courtesy of the Democratic National Committee. The ads are trying to drum up support for President Obama’s new jobs plan while pressuring congress to take action soon. Unemployment in Colorado is hovering around 9 percent.

In other news…

DENVER (AP) – A state legislative committee analyzing
disciplinary policies created at Colorado schools after the
Columbine High School shootings and other cases of youth violence
is beginning to explore possible legislation.
The panel has been meeting this summer to study disciplinary
trends in Colorado and nationwide to determine whether policy
changes are warranted. Members are meeting again Monday, turning
their attention to possible solutions to the problems they’ve
found.
The panel has heard from law enforcement, victim rights groups,
and from students. Lawmakers on the panel say disciplinary rules at
schools have gone too far and students are being punished for minor
infractions because of the heightened alert over high-profile cases
of youth violence. Lawmakers say about 100,000 students in Colorado have been referred to police during the last decade.

DENVER (AP) – Gov. John Hickenlooper is making good on his
promise to cut red tape, slashing more than 840 rules and
regulations in the Colorado Department of Human Services.
Hickenlooper also plans to revise more than 2,100 other rules.
Hickenlooper said the review is part of an
ongoing plan to reduce as much state regulation as he can in state
agencies without sacrificing health, safety or the environment.
The department is in charge of child care centers, foster homes,
child protection services, mental health programs and services for
the developmentally disabled.
The proposed changes include regulations that are no longer are
needed because the laws that required them have been repealed or
duties were transferred to other state agencies.

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