Glenwood Springs–Garfield County commissioners unanimously agreed to fund a second phase of health studies dealing with oil and gas drilling impacts in the Battlement Mesa. Close to 68 thousand dollars will pay for air quality research and monitoring. The second round of studies follows the county’s controversial decision to halt the Colorado School of Public Health’s health impact assessment before it’s completion.

Glenwood Springs–It’s time to finalize the budget for the next school year in the Roaring Fork Re-1 District. The school board is scheduled to put it’s stamp of approval on the nearly 41 million dollar budget that includes unavoidable cuts in personnel, wages and classroom supplies.

Fort Collins–It’s going to cost more to attend Colorado State University next year. CSU’s board of governors approved a 20 percent tuition increase for in -state students. That’s about one thousand dollars more than last year. Non-residents undergraduate students will pay an extra three percent.

Grand Junction–Forecasters with the National Weather Service have issued a flood advisory for the Colorado, Eagle and Elk rivers. There’s also potential for flooding with front range rivers including the Cache La Poudre, North and South Platte.

Elsewhere in the news…

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Three climbers have been ticketed
for climbing without gear after they had to be rescued after
climbing up a rock face in the Garden of the Gods.
Colorado Springs firefighters were called Monday afternoon to
rescue the trio. Fire Department spokeswoman Sunny Smaldino says it’s easy to get up the rock face, but it’s difficult to descend.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Mesa County Commission have adopted
a resolution supporting the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights in a federal
lawsuit challenging the amendment’s constitutionality.
A bipartisan group of current and former state legislators filed
the lawsuit last month, alleging constitutional amendment violates
a U.S. Constitution guarantee that every state have a republican
form of government in which elected representatives govern.
The amendment was approved by voters in 1992. It limits state
revenue and requires local governments to win voter approval for
tax increases. Commissioners said Monday that the lawsuit threatens the right of citizens to make policy changes at the ballot box.

Vail, Colo. (AP) – The president and CEO of the Steadman
Philippon Research Institute has been killed in a bicycle accident
while on vacation in Norway. Mike Egan was on a trip above the Arctic Circle with his brother Tim and two Norwegian friends when the accident occurred Saturday. Egan served as president and CEO of the independent, nonprofit, orthopedic research and educational institute based in Vail since 2006. Before joining the institute, Egan founded and ran several successful medical device companies and venture capital firms.

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