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Carbondale armed-robbery suspects evade capture

The two men suspected of robbing a convenience store in Carbondale on Thursday are currently being hunted near Basalt by law enforcement. The search for Nicholas Alexander Ameral and Benjamin Weeks, both 19, began when a RFTA driver identified the two men on his bus around 9:30 a.m. and notified authorities.

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The construction of the new Grand Avenue bridge is on schedule and residents in Battlement Mesa are breathing a sigh of relief. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason via Skype to update us on the week’s headlines is Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

 

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The citizen group Colorado Wild and Public Lands has won a request to delay the closing of a controversial land exchange.

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Snowmobilers and backcountry skiers can no longer park along Woody Creek Road near Lenado, a Pitkin County District Judge ruled.

 

The Roaring Fork School District has lifted the lock out placed on area schools early this morning.

Latest Art Base exhibition explores outer space

Feb 9, 2017

Three artists, all with connections to the Roaring Fork Valley, will launch Basalt’s Art Base into space with a unique group exhibit.

Colorado officials have highlighted seven shovel-ready road and water projects should the Trump administration secure roughly $1 trillion in infrastructure funding. The National Governor’s Association sent that list, along with projects from 48 other states and territories, to the Trump administration on Feb. 8.

Colorado’s list includes adding two urgent projects -- an express lane heading west into the mountains on I-70 and adding capacity lanes along the northern and southern parts of I-25. It also includes water projects and one to expand rural broadband.

Rifle rejects professional cuddling business

Feb 8, 2017

A professional cuddling business closed its doors in Rifle last month after dealing with harassment from clients and the community.

 

The Cornerstone Classical School in Basalt is one of two of its kind in the state. It’s a non-denominational Christian school, which prides itself on academic rigor.

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Snowmass Village Town Council has created a new advisory board, with a focus on parks, open space, trails and recreation.

In the midst of an ongoing national fight about the future of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, a measure to replace Colorado’s health care exchange is igniting passion in Denver. On Feb. 7, people rallied outside the State Capitol to protest repealing the Affordable Care Act, while in the capitol, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 3, the Repeal Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Bill.

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A Colorado newspaper is fighting claims that it peddles fake news stories. The publisher of Grand Junction’s Daily Sentinel is accusing a state lawmaker of defamation and threatening a lawsuit. If filed, legal experts said it would be the first of its kind, potentially setting a legal definition for what is considered fake news and what is not.

The dispute began with an opinion column in the newspaper supporting a bill that would give journalists and others greater access to public records. Sen. Ray Scott, a Republican of Grand Junction who serves as assistant majority leader in the Senate, postponed the hearing and vote.

Colorado is roughly a third of the way through the four-month long legislative session. John Frank, a reporter for The Denver Post, and Peter Marcus with ColoradoPolitics.com sat down with statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland to take stock of the big issues this session.

In the last decade, Democrats have attempted to repeal Colorado's death penalty four times. Their latest attempt on Feb. 15 was amid contentious debate. Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman (D-Denver)  was behind the effort. She knew the odds were against her, but even before the hearing, she said she wanted to raise awareness to the moral and social issues surrounding the death penalty.

“There are a lot of people willing and wanting to learn more and more about the problems with it, the challenges of it, and we need to keep that message going,” she said. “I don’t think we’ll lose the battle, because the battle is long-term.”

Lawmakers serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear a measure to repeal Colorado's death penalty Wednesday. 

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