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Sen. Randy Baumgardner

The Capitol is set to hire an independent human resources person in the wake of numerous harassment allegations. It’s not yet clear what role the new HR person would play, but it may take any formal complaints or investigations out of the hands of legislative leadership.

TIME magazine’s Person of the Year for 2017 is the #metoo movement. The honor goes to the people behind the movement – "The Silence Breakers" – men and women who have come forward publicly with allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

A former legislative aide has filed a sexual harassment complaint against Republican state Sen. Randy Baumgardner for inappropriately touching her. 

The woman alleges that Baumgardner of Hot Sulphur Springs slapped and grabbed her buttocks about four times over a three month period during the 2016 legislative session when she worked at the State Capitol. She alleges that each incident happened inside the Capitol building during her workday, often while she was walking through a corridor next to the Senate Chamber. 

This week, there have been more allegations of sexual harassment at the Colorado statehouse.

The City of Aspen has some work to do to prove that it should hold on to conditional water rights on Castle and Maroon Creeks, and is considering pulling funding from the Wheeler’s stockpile to buy land in Woody Creek. The school district is also interested in the Wheeler’s excess funds.