Glenwood Springs–Over 12-hundred caving enthusiasts are in Glenwood Springs this week for a big convention. The National Speleological Society is using Glenwood Springs High School as a home base with several events and activities planned throughout the week including banquets, lectures dances and of course lots of caving expeditions.

Rifle–Animal shelters from Rifle to Aspen have had close to 60 cats dropped off in the last few months. Officials say most of the cats were mysteriously abandoned in the middle of the night and it’s stretching resources to the limit.

DENVER (AP) – Republican Rep. Scott Tipton appears to be
starting slow raising money for his re-election.
In campaign finance reports turned in last week, the 3rd
District congressman reported raising less than $150,000 last
quarter. That’s less than half raised by his fellow freshman,
Colorado Republican Rep. Cory Gardner. spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee Tipton will have enough to defeat his Democratic challenger, Rep. Sal Pace of Pueblo. Pace raised about $100,000 last – but Pace raised that amount in one month instead of
three. had almost $250,000 cash on hand.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso says the Senate
Energy Committee has endorsed a bill that would amend the current
ski-only permitting rules for ski areas on U.S. Forest Service
land. The Ski Area Recreation Opportunity Enhancement Act would give
the Forest Service more discretion in approving recreational sports
other than skiing. It also clarifies what other summertime or
year-round activities would be allowed. A 1986 law permits only ski-related activities on national forest land. Barrasso says the bill will boost local economies by giving ski areas year-round business and recreational opportunities. The Wyoming Republican is among the bill’s sponsors.

VAIL, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado Department of Transportation may
have to temporarily close restrooms for hikers and bikers on Vail
Pass because of budget cuts. Department spokesman Bob Wilson says the restroom on top of the pass has been closed the past few weeks because the water treatment plant needs renovations. Over the weeks the restroom building has been closed, several portable toilets were brought in to keep the rest area open. Wilson says the work is almost finished, but the portable toilets are coming out even if the project is not finished.