News, May 17th

GARCO SHERIFF JOINING ANTI-GUN CONTROL LAWSUIT

Glenwood Springs—Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario is one of the 54 Colorado sheriff’s suing the state over recently passed gun control bills.  The lawsuit was filed today in response to the bills calling for expanded background checks and limiting the size of ammunition magazines to 15 rounds.  Vallario says the laws are unenforceable.

SETTLEMENT REACHED IN ASPEN CARBON MONOXIDE DEATHS

Aspen— The families of a Denver couple killed along with their two young children by carbon monoxide in a home near Aspen in 2008 have settled a civil lawsuit. Denver attorney William Hansen says the last of the settlements involving the deaths of Caroline and Parker Lofgren and their children, 10-year-old Owen and 8-year-old Sophie, were reached this month.

COLORADO UNEMPLOYMENT DOWN FOR APRIL

DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s unemployment rate in April continued to fall, dropping to 6.9 percent from March’s 7.1 percent.  The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Friday the state added 11,600 nonfarm payroll jobs from March to April, for a total of 2.3 million jobs, according to a statewide survey of businesses.
Private sector jobs increased 11,600 and government jobs remained unchanged.
This compares to an increase of 11,000 jobs between January and February, and 500 jobs from February to March.

TWO MORE COLORADO CONSERVATIVE GROUPS TARGETED BY IRS

DENVER (AP) – Two more conservative political groups in Colorado say they were targeted by the Internal Revenue Service to make it hard for them to get tax exemptions.
The Coalition for a Conservative Majority and the Citizen Awareness Project join the Western Slope Conservative Alliance and the Colorado Tea Party Patriots who say they were forced to wait for official permission to operate under the tax code.
The groups have small budgets and hold picnics and forums and they try to recruit neighbors to hear about conservative ideas. The U.S. Treasury Department’s Inspector General has issued a report that found that for more than 18 months, the IRS specifically targeted conservative groups. The IRS has launched a criminal investigation.