NEWS, SEPTEMBER 20TH

Carbondale–Accusations of racial profiling are being hurled at a Carbondale school resource officer. Two Latino advocacy groups say Officer Alvaro Agon has been going after students who’s parents are suspected of being illegal immigrants. The Carbondale Police Department issued a statement standing by it’s track record and school resource officer program.

Glenwood Springs–The Garfield County Sheriff’s office has been named in a federal lawsuit claiming the arrests of three Latino gang members at last summer’s Strawberry Days carnival was unconstitutional. The suit also names two federal agents and a Carbondale police officer.

Rocky Ford–State health officials say the cantaloupes linked to last week’s listeriosis outbreak had the Rocky Ford label but actually came from the Jensen Farms in Holly, 90 miles away. Meanwhile, Rocky Ford farmers say the damage has already been done and other local crops have taken a hit in sales as well including tomatoes, watermelons and squash.

Denver–Dissolvable tobacco products are being test marketed in Colorado and other states and health officials are concerned. Many say products look like breath mints and the packaging and flavoring may appeal to kids.

In other news….

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) – Opening statements are scheduled today in
the trial of man accused of wounding two eighth graders in a
shooting at a middle school last year. Bruco Eastwood faces several
charges in the shooting at Deer Creek Middle School. He has pleaded
not guilty by reason of insanity. Jurors also are expected to hear
from the two wounded eighth graders. The trial is expected to last
three weeks.

DENVER (AP) – Anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce will have another
day in court on his motions to dismiss a tax case against him or
move it to Colorado Springs. A Denver District Court judge
yesterday refused to suppress statements made by Bruce in his tax
evasion case and will hear the other motions today. Bruce is
accused of failing to file tax returns in 2006 or 2007 and of
dodging taxes on income made during those years and in 2005.

DENVER (AP) – Colorado economists today deliver their quarterly
revenue report to state lawmakers. The report by the governor’s
office and legislative economists updates the June forecast that
gave lawmakers a cautiously optimistic outlook on the state’s
finances. At the time, economists told lawmakers that sales tax
revenue was coming in higher than expected despite rising food and
gas prices.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – An animal rights group plans to
set up four scantily clad mannequins in downtown Colorado Springs
to protest the use of fur, leather, wool, and other animal-based
clothing. PETA says the mannequins will be wearing a fur stole, a
leather belt, a wool hat or an alligator-skin clutch during today’s
protest. KOAA-TV reports PETA is using mannequins because members
believe only a dummy would ignore how animals are killed to create
clothes.

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