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Gov. Polis Signs Full-Day Kindergarten Bill

When Gov. Jared Polis walked into the Stedman Elementary School auditorium behind a marching band on Tuesday afternoon, with dozens of supporters waving signs and cheering, the signing ceremony for the full-day kindergarten bill felt more like a pep rally. “Today, we celebrate the fact that this fall, kids from across our state will be able to go to free fullday kindergarten,” Polis said to loud cheers before he signed the bill.

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Basalt’s fire department is getting an additional station.

 

It’ll be built on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

 

Earlier this month, the BLM granted the Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District a right-of-way to build a new station on a little over two acres on West Sopris Creek Road, southwest of Basalt, toward the base of Mount Sopris, near Prince Creek Road.  


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Luis Jaramillo is the first Aspen Words writer-in-residence of 2019.

Jaramillo is best known for his 2012 book “The Doctor’s Wife,” a collection of vignettes about three generations of a family.  

During his residency, he’s working on a novel called “The Witches of El Paso,” which is set both in Texas and Juarez, Mexico. As the title suggests, there are witches and worshippers of Santa Muerte, the goddess of death.

 

 

When Gov. Jared Polis walked into the Stedman Elementary School auditorium behind a marching band on Tuesday afternoon, with dozens of supporters waving signs and cheering, the signing ceremony for the full-day kindergarten bill felt more like a pep rally.

“Today, we celebrate the fact that this fall, kids from across our state will be able to go to free fullday kindergarten,” Polis said to loud cheers before he signed the bill.

Morning newscast for Wednesday, May 22, 2019.


Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

An old Pitkin County ordinance prohibits dogs running around off-leash. On Wednesday, county commissioners will change that.

The public told the county they wanted an area near the river in Jaffee Park to let their dogs run free.

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Eagle County has decided that fire restrictions will be automatically triggered anytime there’s a Red Flag Warning in the area.

 

The National Weather Service issues Red Flag warnings when low humidity and strong winds form ideal conditions for wildfires.

 


Morning newscast for Tuesday, May 21, 2019.


Update: 11:56 a.m.: One lane of westbound I-70 through Glenwood Canyon is now open.  The right lane remains closed due to rockfall.  

Both lanes of eastbound I-70 are open. 

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Pot will be for sale in Snowmass Village before next ski season, according to Mayor Markey Butler.

She and the other members of Town Council will finalize the details Tuesday night.

They could approve up to three licenses for retail marijuana within town limits. But, regulations make that unlikely.

 

Elise Thatcher

Nearly every year since 2010, Basalt’s town council raised the property tax rate without voter approval. This is, potentially, a violation of Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR).

 

Some residents aren’t happy about it, and a Denver think tank is in town Tuesday to answer their questions.


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luisjaramillo.com

Luis Jaramillo is the first Aspen Words writer-in-residence of 2019.

Jaramillo is best known for his 2012 book “The Doctor’s Wife,” a collection of vignettes about three generations of a family.  

During his residency, he’s working on a novel called “The Witches of El Paso,” which is set both in Texas and Juarez, Mexico. As the title suggests, there are witches and worshippers of Santa Muerte, the goddess of death.

 

 

First Draft: Joanne Ramos

May 20, 2019

Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a BA from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing for several years, she became a staff writer at The Economist.  The Farm is her first book.

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When Gov. Jared Polis walked into the Stedman Elementary School auditorium behind a marching band on Tuesday afternoon, with dozens of supporters waving signs and cheering, the signing ceremony for the full-day kindergarten bill felt more like a pep rally.

“Today, we celebrate the fact that this fall, kids from across our state will be able to go to free fullday kindergarten,” Polis said to loud cheers before he signed the bill.

The United States Air Force has confirmed four locations in Colorado as among the six finalists for its new Space Command headquarters. Three Colorado Springs locations were named as possible locations—Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Peterson Air Force Base and Schriever Air Force Base—as was Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.

Transportation funding advocates are giving Colorado’s latest legislative session mixed reviews despite a bipartisan budget deal that boosted transportation funding by $70 million.

Margaret Bowes, who leads an organization that focuses on improving the Interstate 70 corridor in the mountains, said the money lawmakers added for roads and bridges was “just a drop in the bucket.”

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