Glenwood Springs—She put rat poison in smoothies for her daughters and herself one day last summer.  Her 8 and 11 year old girls survived and now 33 year old Maria Alvarado-Gomez is facing time in prison.  The Carbondale woman avoided a charge of attempted first degree murder by pleading guilty to felony child abuse through the manufacture of a controlled substance.  She entered her plea yesterday in Garfield County District Court.  After her arrest, Alvarado-Gomez told investigators through an interpreter that she, “would rather the children be dead than alive in Mexico,” where their father wanted to take them.  The girls are now with their father and Alvarado-Gomez remains in jail.  She’ll be sentenced June 1st.


CRAIG (AP) – Authorities say one suspect is dead and another is in custody after a shooting involving a Moffat County sheriff’s deputy and a state Parks and Wildlife manager. Sheriff KC Hume says neither the deputy nor the wildlife official was injured in the shooting, which occurred Monday near the town of Dinosaur. No names or other details have been released. Authorities say no other suspects were believed to be involved. The shooting took place about 10 miles from the Utah state line.

DENVER (AP) – A ban on tiny plastic particles from soaps and cosmetic products is nearing final approval in the Colorado Legislature. The Senate voted Tuesday in favor of a bill banning microbeads by 2020. One more procedural vote sends the ban to the governor’s desk. The microbeads turn up in face scrubs, acne treatments and toothpaste. The particles are too fine to be caught in wastewater treatment plants, and the plastic bits can pollute lakes and rivers. The microbeads are about the size of fish eggs and can be swallowed by aquatic life. The ban has the backing of large personal-care product manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson.  Some Republicans argued that the ban isn’t necessary because microbeads are already being phased out.