Denver–Unemployment in Colorado is still very high. The jobless rate for the month of August held steady at 8.5 percent. The industries that suffered the most losses were in travel and leisure. The construction industry saw modest gains.

Aspen/Glenwood Springs–A group of Pitkin County landowners are suing the city of Aspen in an attempt to stop the construction of the Castle Creek hydroelectric power plant. The landowners say the project will take water away from Castle and Maroon Creeks.

Glenwood Springs–A group of citizens concerned about the social impacts of medical marijuana approached the Glenwood Springs city council last night. Some people say local ordinances need to be revisited based on new information about the dangers of having marijuana dispensaries in town.

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado wildlife officials
are lifting bag and possession limits for fishing at Dumont Lake,
which is being drained so the Muddy Creek dam can be repaired for
structural damage. The lake near Steamboat Springs is expected to
be completely drained before Oct. 31. Wildlife managers plan to
restock the lake with catchable-sized rainbow trout once repairs
are complete.

DENVER (AP) – A melon farm in Colorado has issued a recall of
cantaloupe following a Listeria outbreak that has killed at least
two people, sickened 22 and spread to several states. The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention said the deaths from the
outbreak were reported in Colorado and New Mexico, and state health
departments said more deaths could be confirmed once testing comes

DENVER (AP) – Colorado Republicans say a proposal to raise taxes
by $3 billion over five years to help fund the state’s education
system will harm an already fragile economy. Former state Rep.
Victor Mitchell says the proposal on this November’s ballot would
be “a crushing blow” to the Colorado economy if it’s approved.

DENVER (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a
woman who alleged she was illegally stopped and falsely arrested by
Denver police in 2008. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Blackburn
on Thursday dismissed Deneen Gammons’ claims against the city and
county of Denver, Police Chief Gerald Whitman and four officers.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado wildlife officials say
the state’s turkey restoration program has been so successful that
the birds are starting to cause some problems on the Eastern
Plains. Wildlife officials say in spots where turkeys are abundant,
large flocks have been heading to cattle ranches, farms and homes
to compete for food.