News, September 9th

GARCO COMMISSIONERS APPROVE MONEY FOR LOVA TRAIL

Carbondale—The Garfield County Board of Commissioners unanimously but reluctantly approved 114 thousand dollars toward the controversial and costly South Canyon Trail. The contribution matches the city of Glenwood Springs to help leverage over 400 thousand dollars in federal money that hangs in the balance.   The money will be used to complete the third phase of the trail out of Glenwood Springs.  The funds will not be used unless the federal grant comes through.

TIPTON BATTLING FOR COLORADO WATER RIGHTS

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – A battle is shaping up in Congress over federal efforts to claim western water. Western Slope Congressman Scott Tipton says legislation recognizing the water laws of Colorado and other western states could discourage federal efforts to claim water the states need for their own use.  Tipton plans to introduce legislation aimed at clarifying western water law to deter federal pre-emption of water rights.

GOVERNOR HICKENLOOPER SAYS RECALL ELECTIONS ARE ILLEGAL

DENVER (AP) – Gov. John Hickenlooper is asking Colorado’s attorney general to look into what he calls a political stunt by a Republican activist who switched his residency so he could vote in the recall election of Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs.
Hickenlooper said in a statement Monday attempts to disrupt the election could result in criminal prosecution.  Jon Caldara says he was trying to make a point that a new election law passed by Democrats and signed into law by Hickenlooper in May changed residency requirements.  Morse and another Democratic senator, Angela Giron, face recall elections Tuesday for their support for gun legislation in the 2013 session.

TIME FOR TRUCKS TO CARRY CHAINS IN COLORADO MOUNTAINS

DOTSERO (AP) – It’s that time of year again. The Colorado State Patrol is already enforcing chain laws for trucks crossing the Rocky Mountains.
Colorado’s chain law requires commercial vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds to carry tire chains from Sept. 1 through May 31. The Motor Carrier Safety Division has already inspected more than 2,000 trucks and found safety problems in about 10 percent of the vehicles, including brakes and equipment.

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