NEWS

DRUNKEN CONFESSION

ASPEN (AP) – A Glenwood Springs man who was overheard by an Aspen police detective laughing about being drunk at the time of a car accident he had pleaded not guilty to has been sentenced to more than a year in jail.  21-year-old Colin Buchanan was sentenced Monday to nearly 400 days in jail after previously changing his plea to guilty in connection to a head-on collision near Emma.

A-BASIN GETS THE GREEN LIGHT

FRISCO (AP) – The White River National Forest has approved the expansion of backcountry terrain at Arapahoe Basin. In a decision on Monday, officials signed off on most of the resort’s original requests, including a new chairlift, summer activities and a 33-acre expansion into the steep terrain known as the Beavers.

COLORADO ANTI-SLAVERY AMENDMENT

DENVER (AP) – A spokeswoman for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office says a ballot measure aimed at eliminating an archaic reference to slavery in the state Constitution is headed for defeat.  Lynn Bartels says there aren’t enough uncounted votes to change the outcome of Amendment T, which would have eliminated an 1876 reference that reads: “There shall never be in this state either slavery or involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime.” Although the latest election results show a margin of fewer than 16,000 votes out of 2.57 million cast, supporters on Monday acknowledged defeat and pledged to reintroduce the measure. The measure attracted wide bipartisan support and no organized opposition, but supporters believe it was defeated because of confusing ballot language.

EXPENSIVE WILDFIRE

Steamboat Springs— The cost of battling a wildfire that burned over 38 thousand acres across northern Colorado and southern Wyoming has reached about $30 million dollars as the blaze continues to smolder and produce smoke.  Routt National Forest spokesman Aaron Voos says smoke was still visible at the site Saturday, and final costs associated with the Beaver Creek Fire haven’t yet been tallied.