DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is preparing to unveil his budget proposal for next year, and schools and health care officials will be watching.
The Democratic governor planned Thursday to release his annual proposal for the state's next fiscal year that begins July 1. Lawmakers will make their own proposal next year.
According to an Associated Press report, Colorado's improving economy during the past year has helped budget-writers. Lawmakers this year were spared making some drastic cuts to schools and other state services because tax receipts picked up.
State budget director Henry Sobanet told lawmakers in September that current tax projections could allow more money for schools. He also said Hickenlooper would likely be asking for more funding for Medicaid.
The balmy autumn days keep on coming. The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 69 degrees Thursday in Colorado Springs. An overnight low of 43 is expected.
Back on campaign trail, Obama heads to Boulder
BOULDER (AP) — Superstorm Sandy prevented President Barack Obama from campaigning in Colorado this week, but now the president is back on the trail and Colorado is at the top of his list.
Obama planned an evening rally in the Democratic stronghold of Boulder on Thursday. The president scrapped a rally planned for Tuesday in Colorado Springs so that he could monitor hurricane damage from Washington, D.C.
Obama visited the New Jersey shore on Wednesday and assured victims that cleanup and recovery will continue.
Both campaigns are trying to cram in as many events as they can before polls close Tuesday. Vice President Joe Biden, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan all planned campaign stops in Colorado in the coming days.
Loveland bans city employee bar meetings
LOVELAND (AP) — Loveland City Manager Bill Cahill is ordering city employees not to attend meetings that city councilors often hold at a downtown bar and restaurant.
Cahill says even though the meetings are not official and are publicly announced, residents might get the wrong impression.
Several council members have been gathering at the bar after the official meeting ends, and city workers were sometimes invited to intend.
According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald (http://tinyurl.com/agrdv2a ), council members defended the meetings, saying they are an opportunity to mix and mingle with the public to show they are just regular folks.
Schools face penalty for lack of progress
DENVER (AP) — Five of Colorado's poorest-performing schools are facing a loss of funding because they haven't improved academically, despite more money from the federal government.
The schools include an elementary school in Denver and four middle schools in Pueblo. Those schools got more federal money for two years from funds designed to help the country's lowest-achieving schools improve.
According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/cdsoxu2 ), Denver school officials will submit a revised plan as part of an appeal to keep their funding. Pueblo school leaders did not return calls requesting comment.
Cañon City gets defibrillators for police cars
CANON CITY (AP) — A philanthropic foundation has given the Cañon City Police Department two automatic external defibrillators, which are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest.
The St. Thomas More Health Foundation provided the defibrillators. The Cañon City Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/T7CnR0 ) the donation is the first step toward equipping every city police car with one of the devices.
Shirley Baney of the foundation says each unit cost about $1,500.
Vestas R&D reorganization affects about 85 workers
LOUISVILLE (AP) — Vestas Wind Systems says about 85 people will lose their jobs when the wind turbine manufacturer closes its three U.S. research and development offices next year.
The Greeley Tribune reported in early October that company officials planned by June 30 to consolidate research and development offices in Houston; Marlborough, Mass.; and Louisville, Colo., to a hub in Brighton, Colo., where it has two manufacturing plants. Company officials hadn't confirmed how many employees would be affected but said Wednesday the total was about 85.
Vestas also closed research offices this year in China, Denmark and Singapore. Its research and development workforce is down by about 20 percent from 2011. Vestas has six other locations that design and develop products.
Colorado National Guard unit leaving for Mideast
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE (AP) — About 200 Colorado Air National Guard members are leaving on a three-month deployment to the Mideast.
Most were departing Thursday from Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora. Officials say they cannot be specific about where they are going because of security rules.
They are members of the 140th Wing, which has an F-16 fighter squadron as well as maintenance, medical and mission support groups. The wing is based at Buckley.
In a written statement, officials said the F-16s will support national security and stability in the Mideast. Officials declined to say how many aircraft will go.
The Colorado F-16s are sometimes called on by the North American Aerospace Defense Command to intercept commercial aircraft that fly into restricted areas or whose pilots don't respond to traffic controllers.
Arrest warrant issued for former Denver attorney
DENVER (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a former Denver attorney accused of costing clients an estimated $2.7 million in investment losses.
The Denver district attorney's office said Wednesday that an arrest warrant had been issued for 51-year-old James W. Faber, who is charged with violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. He also is charged with six counts of securities fraud and 17 counts of theft.
The charges allege that between 2006 and 2010, Faber asked people to give him money that he said would be invested in the exploration of mining and natural resources. Instead, Faber is accused of using the money to pay himself, run his law firm, pay for business expenses, pay former investors, and invest in martial arts studios.
Faber wasn't answering his phone Wednesday.
Dog school owner denies animal cruelty accusation
FORT COLLINS (AP) — The owner of American Dog School in Fort Collins is disputing allegations that led her to be cited with animal cruelty.
The Coloradoan reports (http://noconow.co/SfFuFL ) the training and boarding facility and its owner, Tami Carrasco, were cited Monday by Larimer Humane Society. The school was investigated after owners of a German shepherd said their dog returned from a stay at the facility with injuries that resulted in the surgical removal of its right eye.
Carrasco says it's a horrible accident, but she did nothing to hurt the dog.
A veterinarian from Colorado State Veterinary Teaching Hospital has said the dog's injuries were similar to what a dog might experience from a head-on collision with a car.
Groups mark inaugural National Bison Day
DENVER (AP) — The first National Bison Day is taking place Thursday.
The Colorado-based National Bison Association, the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society and the South Dakota-based Intertribal Buffalo Council agreed earlier this year to designate the first Thursday of each November as National Bison Day.
The day is giving the groups another chance to promote efforts in Congress to designate the bison as the national mammal of the United States. Lawmakers from Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Rhode Island have given support to a bill that would make the designation, which would give the animal more recognition rather than any extra protection.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1512, Michelangelo’s just-completed paintings on the ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel were publicly unveiled by the artist’s patron, Pope Julius II.
In 1765, the Stamp Act went into effect, prompting stiff resistance from American colonists.
In 1870, the United States Weather Bureau made its first meteorological observations.
In 1936, in a speech in Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini described the alliance between his country and Nazi Germany as an “axis” running between Rome and Berlin.
In 1952, the United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb, code-named “Ivy Mike,” at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
In 1954, Algerian nationalists began their successful rebellion against French rule.
In 1979, former first lady Mamie Eisenhower died in Washington, D.C., at age 82.
In 1989, East Germany reopened its border with Czechoslovakia, prompting tens of thousands of refugees to flee to the West.
-- Black Forest Arts & Crafts Guild Fall Show and Sale, 9 a.m.-8 pm., Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road, free admission.
-- “Mad Scientist” for children in grades 1-5, 3-4 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.
-- Fiction Book Group, “Silas Marner” by George Eliot, 2 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain Branch Library, 1785 S. 8th St., free.
-- “Greed and Justice in Aristotle’s Ethics,” lecture with Mi-Kyoung Lee, 3:30 p.m., Colorado College, Gaylord Hall, main floor of Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., free.
-- Black Rose Acoustic Society Fiddle Tunes Jam, 7-9 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., free, donations accepted.
-- “Salsa and Rhythm Thursdays,” 8 p.m.-2 a.m., The Thirsty Parrot, 32 N. Tejon St., $5 cover includes one free drink.