News, November 12th

ASPEN (AP) – A Pitkin County grant review committee is recommending giving just $500 this year to a rehabilitation center that cares for local orphaned black bears. A Silt-based wildlife foundation asked for $5,000. Pitkin County commissioners will meet Tuesday to review the grant committee’s recommendations.
Officials say the cubs were orphaned by euthanization of their parents, fatal car accidents and one illegal killing in Redstone.

Glenwood Springs–The Garfield County Board of Commissioners will discuss the legal ins and outs of recreational marijuana use during their regular meeting tomorrow. Local governments across the state are wondering what steps to take next in the wake of last week’s voter approval of Amendment 64.

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – About 200,000 young illegal immigrants in Colorado may qualify for an exemption under a federal program that provides temporary relief and work permits for immigrants who entered the country as children. Immigrants from Mexico, Eastern Europe, Honduras, Colombia and Guatemala attended meetings in Grand Junction recently to learn about the program.
Many young people waited until after the election to see if the federal program would continue. If accepted, immigrants in the two-year program will not be deported and could be eligible to work legally, but it would leave them no path to residency or citizenship.

FRISCO (AP) – Summit County officials are worried that a new plan proposed by state transportation officials will hurt tourism. The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to shift Summit County into the agency’s West Slope region, grouping it with Eagle County and western Colorado for funding and planning on highway projects. Regions share a budget for highway projects as well as engineering and leadership teams.
Summit County officials are worried about being separated from the Eisenhower Tunnel group and the I-70 mountain corridor that connect ski areas to Denver International Airport and the Front Range.