News, August 7th

HAYDEN (AP) – Structural engineers are examining Hayden Middle School in Routt County after a large SUV crashed into a classroom. School principal Gina Zabel says no students or teachers were in the building yesterday when the Ford Expedition crashed through a fence and slammed through the brick wall of a classroom. No one was injured and the driver was issued a summons for careless driving.

CORTEZ (AP) – Montezuma County has fired its only officer trained as a drug-recognition expert after misconduct complaints including arresting people without probable cause. Sheriff Dennis Spruell told the Cortez Journal that Sgt. Darrin Harper was a “bad egg” and was dismissed Saturday. District Attorney Will Furse said last month that his office would no longer use Harper’s testimony in criminal proceedings.

DURANGO (AP) – Durango is the latest Colorado town to approve a fee on disposable shopping bags. The Durango Herald reports that the City Council voted 4-1 in favor a 10-cent fee in four large stores on paper and plastic disposable shopping bags. The newspaper reports that yesterday’s vote brought passionate advocates on both sides.