NEWS

STATE HEALTH CARE INITIATIVE CONCERNS BIZ OWNERS

Undated—A western slope lawmaker says business owners in his district are going to relocate if a Colorado health care initiative passes.  State Senator Randy Baumgardner says in his travels across Senate District 8, a growing number of small business owners are prepared to leave the state if Amendment 69 is approved by voters in November.  The Hot Sulphur Springs Republican says ColoradoCare would raise taxes and adversely impact the current workers’ compensation program.  He says business owners are telling him they fear having to lay off workers or cut back hours to compensate for the additional cost.

GJ MAN GUILTY FOR MULTIPLE SEX ASSAULTS

Grand Junction—Over the course of several years, he sexually assaulted eight girls and one woman in the Grand Junction area.  Soon, 54 year old Larry Church will be headed to prison for a long time.  Out of 21 charges of sexual assault, Church was found guilty of all but one.  Authorities began investigating Church in January of last year after a 21 year old woman accused him of touching her inappropriately while she was sleeping.  She fell asleep after the two had been drinking and smoking weed.  The first woman’s accusation prompted eight others to come forward with similar stories.  Church will be sentenced in November.

SUMMERTIME DROWNING INVESTIGATED

Pueblo—A Monte Vista man whose body was found at a campground along the Alamosa River in June drowned however the manner in which he died is still a mystery. Conejos County Coroner Richard Martin released his findings in the death of 52-year-old Jeffory Calvert.  The Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office are handling the case. CBI spokeswoman Susan Medina declined to comment on whether foul play has been ruled out.

CU-BOULDER DEAN RESIGNS

Boulder—The dean of CU-Boulder’s business school is stepping down for alleged gender discrimination.  In his resignation letter, David Ikenberry says the Leeds School of Business “needs a fresh start.”  Ikenberry’s decision came after CU paid 40 thousand dollars to settle a claim by a staff member who says he discriminated against her because she is a woman and over the age of 40.  Ikenberry will remain as the dean until an interim takes over later this semester.

 

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