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  • Council to draft priorities

    At tonight’s county council work session, Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher will present councilors with a range of options for economic development.  Although no action will be taken, staff will look to council for guidance on where to focus the county’s limited resources.

    As part of his preparation, Fisher presented his preliminary report to the county’s Economic Vitality Action Team (EVAT) for feedback. EVAT advises the county administrator on implementation of the Economic Vitality Strategic Plan (EVSP).

  • Fla. Teen Survives 3-foot Spear to the Head

    A 16-year-old boy from South Florida is recovering after doctors removed a 3-foot-long fishing spear that wait straight through his skull from front to back.

  • Colorado wildfire now 50 percent contained

    LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire that has charred nearly 92 square miles in northern Colorado since it began 10 days ago is now 50 percent contained, authorities said.

    Firefighters faced dangerous conditions across much of the Rocky Mountain region Monday, as they toiled in hot, dry weather to battle the blaze, which has now destroyed at least 189 homes — the most in the state's history.

    Eight more homes were found Monday to have burned in the fire near Fort Collins.

  • Today in History for June 19th
  • First Person: Losing a Home to Colo. Wldfires

    Jeff Corum recently finished work to make his Masonville, Colorado cabin his permanent home, but a wildfire tearing through the state burned it to the ground. He made it out with only a handful of possessions.

  • Feds say affidavit shows China paid NM scientist

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The attorney for a former Sandia National Labs scientist accused of stealing research says his client has not committed espionage.

    Brian Pori said Monday a search warrant affidavit only states what authorities hope to find to prove Jianyu Huang was passing data to universities in China.

  • Weather conditions helping fight Little Bear Fire

    RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters say they are continuing to take advantage of favorable weather conditions to battle a wildfire in southern New Mexico that has destroyed 242 homes and businesses.

    Meanwhile, officials said Monday that the ranging blaze in the Gila Wilderness, already the largest wildfire in state history, grew another 1,000 acres and is now 463 square miles. That fire is 80 percent contained.

  • Colo. firefighters face more powerful winds

    DENVER (AP) — More residents were out of their homes Monday as fire crews face another day of powerful winds fueling a wildfire that has charred about 90 square miles of forested mountains in northern Colorado.

    The fire danger was high across much of the Rocky Mountain region because of hot, dry weather and expected gusty winds.

    Firefighters at the High Park fire west of Fort Collins dealt with 30 mph winds and gusts of up to 50 mph Sunday. Some rain moved through Saturday evening, but it wasn't enough to quell the fire.

  • New Mexico ends straight-ticket voting option

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A fixture on ballots for decades, the option to vote a straight party ticket is disappearing in New Mexico and won't be available when people head to the polls in November.

    Voters historically could easily choose to support a party's entire slate of candidates by making just one mark on the ballot or pressing a single button or level on a machine. But Secretary of State Dianna Duran has decided not to allow that in this year's general election because there's no provision in state law specifically authorizing it.

  • Today in History for June 18th