NEWS: Tues. Aug 10, 2010

Aug 10th @ 3:48 pm in News by Scott Staley

Gov. Bill Ritter and energy companies are announcing agreements to minimize harm to wildlife from oil and gas drilling in western Colorado. The Daily Sentinel has revealed this afternoon the Ritter and industry leaders scheduled an announcement earlier today to explain some deals covering hundreds of square miles of wildlife habitat in the Piceance Basin which is one of the most active natural gas fields in the state.  Some of the new oil and gas rules that took effect last year encouraged development of plans to protect wildlife in exchange for more streamlined reviews of drilling plans….
Source: Daily Sentinel  (Posted 3:42p by Jim Kapp)

Olathe Elementary School has been selected to receive a Centers of Excellence Award from the Colorado Dept. of Education. Starting this year these awards will be distributed on an annual basis to those schools in the state that demonstrate the highest rates of student academic growth and enroll a student population that is at least seventy-five per cent at-risk.  By receiving this award Olathe Elementary School was also given just over $10 thousand, funds that will be used or distributed within the school as the principal deems appropriate….
Source: News Release  (Posted 3:44p by Jim Kapp)

A Whitewater man, Brett Burke, remained in Mesa County Jail on Monday facing several burglary-related charges, but no longer faces a charge of sexual exploitation of a child.  The Daily Sentinel reports that the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office opted not to file formal charges of sexual exploitation of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  He had been arrested in connection with the charge while jailed on other charges.  Burke is not out of the woods yet.  Investigations into Burke are continuing and “potentially more crimes will be added to his list of charges according Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Lisa McCammon said.  He faces 20 charges, including allegations of burglary, theft and conspiracy. He is in jail in lieu of several bonds amounting to at least $75,000.
Source: Daily Sentinel  (Posted 5:25p by Jim Kapp)

New statewide test scores show that Colorado students are struggling more with math than writing for the first time in at least five years. NBC 11 News has found that results from the 2010 Colorado Student Assessment Program that was released earlier today.  It also shows large gaps between poor and affluent students, minorities and whites and boys and girls.  Writing scores fell to 53 percent proficiency statewide compared to 55 percent last year.  Both science and reading scores remained pretty much unchanged.  These tests are taken by 3rd to 10th graders as required under the federal no child left behind law.  The goal of this law was to get all students proficient at reading and mathematics by 2014…
Source: NBC 11 News  (Posted 5:26p by Jim Kapp)

The man accused of killing a local girl while drunk driving was charged in court this afternoon. KREX reports that 28-year old Henry Stoltman is facing several charges, including two felony counts of vehicular homicide, which can be punishable by up to 24 years in prison. He also faces second degree assault, which is a crime of violence punishable by up to 16 years in prison.   Stoltman is accused of killing 20-year old Bekah King while driving under the influence. He allegedly failed to stop when a state trooper put on his emergency lights because Stoltman was driving without headlights.  Stoltman was also charged with driving without insurance, not wearing a seat belt, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, and driving under the influence.
Source: KREX  (Posted 5:28p by Jim Kapp)