Parachute–The two Parachute oil rig workers suspected of kidnapping and possibly murdering a Montana math teacher nearly two months ago, say they are not guilty. 47 year old Lester Van Waters and 22 year old Michael Spell entered their pleas in a Montana courtroom yesterday.

Aspen–Avalanche rescues cost about 50 thousand dollars each time a crew ventures into the backcountry. That’s why authorities are looking for additional funding sources and encouraging people to buy special insurance to cover rescue expenses.

Denver–Experts are warning people to stay out of the backcountry for the next few days because the avalanche danger is higher than it’s been in a while. The southwest Colorado mountains got about two feet of snow yesterday.

Denver–Colorado Democrats are pushing for a bill to require new schools to meet federal energy efficiency standards before being approved. Republicans are against the mandate, saying it would be more expensive for local governments to build or renovate schools.

In other news…

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) – A woman who claims she was sexually
assaulted by former Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox is
expected to continue her testimony today in a trial that could send
the former player to prison for life. Cox faces two years to life
in prison if convicted. Yesterday the woman testified that she
believes she was drugged the night of the alleged assault.

DENVER (AP) – Colorado lawmakers and the recycling industry are
talking about how recycling old computers, TVs and other
electronics can create jobs. A bill pending in the state Senate
would ban certain electronics from going to a landfill. Sponsors of
the legislation and representatives of the recycling industry will
be at the Capitol today to talk about the bill.

PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Wolf Creek Ski Area wants to hear
from the public about its future as it develops long-term plans for
the next 10 to 20 years. The ski area in southwest Colorado is
looking at possible expansions into the San Juan National Forest;
adding some lifts and on-mountain facilities; and upgrading some
lifts. It also is exploring using shuttles to bus visitors over
Wolf Creek Pass to the ski area, rather than adding more parking.