News, August 16th

Glenwood Council Considers New Bridge Designs

Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Springs City Council has yet to take an official position on the Grand Avenue Bridge project but officials did get an earful from concerned citizens last night. Many longtime residents like Dean Moffitt, say the city should not give in to the Colorado Department of Transportation’s choices and demand an alternate
route for Highway 82 into town. C-DOT hopes to begin work on the new bridge in 2014.

Colorado Small Business Owners Rally for Less Burdensome Regulations

Denver–When it comes to rules and regulations, small business owners in Colorado say Uncle Sam needs to lighten up. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, the Obama Administration is about to implement over 41-hundred new regulations at a cost of over a half-trillion dollars. The Colorado chapter of the NFIB is joining an educational campaign called, “Stop the Regulatory Tidal Wave.” Many small business owners in Colorado say heavy-handed regulations have cost them thousands of dollars in lost revenue.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -Aurora movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes sat quietly, but appeared to pay attention to the proceedings, as he attended a brief court hearing yesterday. During the hearing, a judge ruled that charities set up to aid victims of the shooting could contact the victims to distribute the money. Most documents in the case have been sealed so even that step required the judge’s approval.

ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) – Crews had to rescue seven people in Rocky Mountain National Park earlier this week after several calls for help. In one rescue, crews had to help two inexperienced men from Nederland who mistakenly climbed part of a route designated for expert climbers on the east face of Longs Peak. Park officials say about 50 rescuers were needed to respond to all of the calls for help.

FORT LUPTON, Colo. (AP) – Authorities have identified a worker who was killed when a natural gas well ruptured in northern Colorado on Wednesday. Sixty-year-old Brian Wallace of Evanston, Wyo., was killed instantly in the explosion. Three other people suffered minor injuries. Wallace worked for BGH Gas Testing Operations Inc., which provides well services.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – A western Colorado orchard’s peach giveaway turned out to be too successful. The Daily Sentinel reports that orchard owners Don and Marilyn Schanaman decided to let people pick peaches for free, because the fruit was too small to sell. The peaches were gone within days, but people kept coming, even though the Schanamans posted signs saying the orchard was closed.