KMTS NEWS 8-12-14

GLENWOOD SPRINGS (AP) — An aide to Gov. John Hickenlooper says the governor doesn’t want western Colorado to lose future revenue because of a proposal to settle lawsuits over drilling on the Roan Plateau. Hickenlooper’s planning and budget director gave his assurances in a letter to Republican state Rep. Bob Rankin of Carbondale.

ASPEN (AP) — A judge is backing Aspen’s 20-cent charge for paper bags at grocery stores. District Judge John Neiley ruled yesterday that the charge is a fee and not a tax and can remain in place. The Colorado Union of Taxpayers challenged it, saying it was a new tax that had to be approved by voters under the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Aspen implemented the fee when it banned plastic bags in 2012.

AURORA(AP) — Students are back at an Aurora school a day after being evacuated because of the discovery of a pipe bomb on campus. Classes resumed at Mrachek (Ma-RAH’-check) Middle School today as police search for the suspects who tried to set off the device on Saturday night. Security camera captured the suspects lighting the bomb, which just burned and didn’t blow up.

WOODLAND PARK (AP) — City councilors in Woodland Park are getting close to naming a new mayor. They’re meeting this evening to interview five applicants hoping to replace former mayor David Turley. He resigned in July following allegations that he inappropriately touched a 17-year-old boy in a hot tub at his home. The 65-year-old has maintained his innocence.