NEWS: Tue. Jan 18, 2011

Jan 18th @ 4:48 pm in News by Scott Staley

Colorado lawmakers are back to work and the main topic is budget cuts. KJCT reports highlights this week include a visit by a Colorado jurist whose writings about water derailed the gubernatorial hopes of a Republican last year.   It was his writings on water law that was plagiarized by Rep. Scott McInnis who lost the GOP primary after the story of plagiarism came out.   Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs is talking to lawmakers on agriculture committees about water law.
Source: KJCT  (Posted 4:55p by Jim Kapp)

The Cedaredge Community Center may get its long-awaited facelift. FORE Alliance, The Town of Cedaredge and the Cedaredge Chamber have teamed up for a collaborative effort to update the look of the center and to improve on its energy efficiency.  The Mountain Valley News explains that the building house the Cedaredge Police Dept., and is utilized as the largest gathering place in town  used for such things as the Senior Lunch program, town council meetings and even as a municipal court.  The first step in deciding what kind of energy efficiency and cosmetic improvements that can be made will be determined by the completion of an energy audit….
Source: Mountain Valley News  (Posted 4:56p by Jim Kapp)

Tom Tancredo returns to the GOP. Former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo, who quit the party last year to run as a third-party candidate for Colorado Governor, is headed back to the GOP.  NBC 11 News reports that according to Tancredo he’s returning to the Republican Party  because “it’s the only game in town”.  He admits that joining the American Constitution Party was opportunistic at the time and that he and the party had an understanding that he would not stay with them….
Source: NBC 11 News  (Posted 4:58p by Jim Kapp)

Garfield County resident is first to die from pediatric flu. A Garfield County resident has died of the flu, the first pediatric flu death reported in the state this season.  According to NBC 11 News health official have not release the name of the person or their age, but they do say that this was a pediatric death and the person was an adolescent.  The individual was treated at a Grand Junction hospital and apparently there was no underlying health problem that would have complicated the case or contributed to the person’s death….
Source: NBC 11 News  (Posted 3:35p by Jim Kapp)