Denver—A water rights bill that stems from a court battle between the exclusive Roaring Fork Club of Basalt and it’s neighbor, Saint Jude’s Company was signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper.  Nearly two years ago, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the club is not entitled to water rights for a private fly-fishing stream that the club created in an old irrigation ditch.  The new law (House Bill 1190) supported by Majority Leader K.C. Becker, confirms that water rights that existed prior to the effective date of the court’s opinion are not affected by the ruling which applies only to the circumstances in the St. Jude’s case.  Becker says the new law provides certainty for water right holders in Colorado and is supported by conservationists across the state.


Undated—Several local law enforcement agencies will be working overtime this holiday weekend looking for drunk or stoned drivers.  Starting Friday night at 6 and continuing through 3 am Tuesday morning, May 30th, saturation patrols are in the works for the Colorado State Patrol, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and the Basalt Police Department. Increased patrols are part of the plans for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the police departments of Rifle, Silt and Aspen.  Last Memorial Day weekend one person was killed by a drunk driver while 372 impaired drivers were busted.


Carbondale / Eagle County—A Carbondale man is behind bars for having a prolonged sexual relationship with a 13 year old girl.  According to arrest reports from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, 19 year old Jose Argueta Romero’s encounter with the girl began through social media.  Authorities say Romero contacted the girl on line and gradually gained her trust by telling her how pretty she was. Eventually they met in person and ended up having sex several times in his car parked in front of her house.  The sheriff’s office says school officials became concerned when the girl started missing school because she thought she was pregnant.  Child Protective Services was called in along with the sheriff’s office and Romero was taken into the custody on Wednesday, May 24th.  He’s facing charges of sexual assault on a child.  His bond is set at $100,000.00.


Glenwood Springs—His list of accomplishments, contributions to the community, honors and accolades are as long as the world famous swimming pool he ran for so many years. The guy everyone knew and referred to as “Hank” passed away this week.  Henry Bosco died Monday in Carbondale at Heritage Park Care Center…he was 94.  Condolences, sorrow, sympathies and tributes are being expressed by all who knew the savvy businessman and humble, generous philanthropist.  The Glenwood Springs native and CU-Boulder Alumnus was a decorated World War II Army veteran who fought overseas in the European Theater before coming home to join his father in running and expanding the Hotel Denver.  Hank Bosco later spearheaded a multi-family effort to buy and improve the giant but rundown swimming pool that re-established Glenwood Springs as a worldwide travel destination.  The Colorado Business Hall of Fame inductee and board chairman loved coming into the office and did so until February of 2015 when he finally retired at the age of 92.  Hank Bosco’s funeral mass will be held at his place of worship, Saint Stephen’s Catholic Church Wednesday, May 31st at 10 am.