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Staff reports Updated: February 26, 2013 at 12:00 am

The formal meeting of the Colorado Springs City Council begins at 1 p.m. at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. Among topics will be a request from Mayor Bach to allow city employees to carry concealed firearms in most city buildings, if they have the proper permits.

Other things you can expect:

• A discussion on whether to have the city sign on with a joint resolution promising participation in a regional flood control and stormwater management effort. El Paso County Commissioners approved the resolution, but several council members indicated Monday they won’t commit until they’ve discussed it further and, perhaps, taken part in a work session with the mayor and his staff.

• A request from Colorado Springs Pride for the council to reaffirm a 10-year-old anti-discrimination resolution that has been slightly modified from the original. “We feel with the passage of civil unions on the horizon, we no longer feel a proclamation affirming a one day event is needed, but a promise and commitment from our leadership that LGBT people are welcome in our city is appropriate for One Day and Every Day,” the organization says on its website.

• Consideration of a revision of the city’s water-shortage ordinance, and request to limit watering to two days a week.

• Discussion of a measure to address marijuana use in public or while driving in public was postponed until March 11 to give city officials more time to vet the proposals.

    

WEATHER

Snow is likely between 10 a.m. and noon Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. It's also going to be cold, with a high near 30 and wind 5 to 15 mph. The service says there's a 60 percent chance of precipitation with a up to two inches of snow possible. Overnight you can expect a low around 13 with a 30 percent chance of snow, mostly before 10 p.m. Wednesday expect mostly sunny skies, a high near 30.

  

AROUND COLORADO

Tuition bill for immigrants clears Senate

DENVER (AP) — Illegal immigrants are closer to being eligible for in-state tuition. The state Senate gave final approval to the idea Monday with the support of the first Republicans in the chamber ever to agree to the tuition measure.

The Senate voted 23-12 to allow Colorado residents to receive in-state tuition rates regardless of immigration status.

The tuition measure has cleared the Democratic Senate before. But Monday's vote was the first to include Republicans. Three members of the GOP voted for the bill. It passed without debate.

The tuition measure now heads to the Democratic House.

Ski company puts resort development on hold

ASPEN (AP) — The redevelopment of the base of the Buttermilk ski resort has been put on hold while the Aspen Skiing Co. negotiates with the state Department of Transportation to buy a piece of land to complete the plan.

The ski company submitted its master plan for the base of Buttermilk last March and it was reviewed by Pitkin County's planning commission in June, where access and transit issues were raised.

According to the Aspen Daily News (http://tinyurl.com/aneg4rt ), the state agency has indicated a willingness to sell.

Negotiations began after planners realized that the state owns a 60-foot-wide strip in between the county-owned parking lot and the ski company's property.

Opposition mounts for kayak park

BASALT (AP) — Opposition is mounting over Pitkin County's efforts to obtain a water right for a kayak park on the Roaring Fork River in Basalt.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board, two major upstream diverters and three billionaires with property near Aspen have filed opposition to the plan.

The county is seeking the right to run large volumes of water over two rock and concrete structures it plans to build in the river.

According to the Aspen Daily News (http://tinyurl.com/a4fxyef ), the county could demand that holders of junior water rights stop diverting water and instead send the water downstream to the kayak park.

Audits suggest Crocs may owe up to $36.3 million

BOULDER (AP) — Niwot-based Crocs Inc. is disputing estimates that it may owe up to $36.3 million following separate audits by agencies in Mexico and the U.S.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/VJcomJ ) that in an annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Crocs said U.S. Customs and Border Protection has projected that the shoe company owes about $14.3 million in unpaid duties from 2006 to 2010. Crocs contends the amount due is "considerably less." Crocs doesn't expect a final report from the agency until mid-2013.

Meanwhile, Mexico's Federal Tax Authority contends Crocs owes $22 million in taxes and penalties for the value of imported raw materials from January 2006 to July 2011. Crocs contends the proposed penalty is unfounded. It is trying to resolve the matter in Mexican courts.

Abound Solar ordered to clean up 'hazardous waste'

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado health department is ordering bankrupt Abound Solar to clean up hazardous waste and thousands of solar panels that it says are unsellable at four Front Range facilities.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/15f8SUa) that the Loveland-based solar panel maker's bankruptcy trustee, Adam Singer, is challenging the description of the panels as hazardous waste. Singer says a buyer for them is still being sought, and a bid to clean up remaining waste is being reviewed.

Health officials say the panels wouldn't be considered hazardous waste if someone buys them.

Abound Solar made solar panels by applying a thin film of cadmium telluride to a sheet of glass. Federal agencies consider cadmium a probable carcinogen.

The company filed for bankruptcy protection last year after prices of solar panels collapsed.

Frontier Airlines fares no longer on Expedia

DENVER (AP) — Frontier Airlines says its flights will no longer be available on Expedia.

The Denver-based airline said Monday that a contract with the online travel agency expired this weekend. Expedia says it has removed Frontier flights from select Expedia-brand and Hotwire sites as it negotiates a new contract. The companies didn't disclose details of the negotiations.

Travelers can still find Frontier flights on other websites, but the airline says the best fares are on its own website, FlyFrontier.com.

Frontier is part of Republic Airways Holdings Inc. It has been encouraging travelers to book flights on its own website by offering those customers advance seat assignments, lower fees and more frequent-flier miles.

Frontier says it costs the airline up to $25 per booking when passengers book on other sites.

Wyoming trustees interview 4 president finalists

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has interviewed the four finalists to be the school's next president.

University spokesman Chad Baldwin tells the Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/XVp0GQ ) the board interviewed the candidates Sunday at the Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park in Aurora, Colo. The board is seeking a replacement for Tom Buchanan, who is retiring this summer.

Board president David Bostrom said a vote on the candidates hadn't been scheduled as of Monday.

The finalists are University of Idaho Provost Douglas D. Baker, Washington State University Provost Warwick M. Bayly, Oklahoma State University Provost Robert Sternberg, and former Michigan State University Provost Kim Wilcox.

University officials disclosed the names of the finalists after media organizations argued that a secret process violates the Wyoming public meetings law.

Ideas sought before new Roan Plateau analysis

SILT (AP) — The federal government is seeking public input before it does another environmental analysis of potential effects of more drilling on the Roan Plateau.

A federal judge last year said the Bureau of Land Management failed to fully consider cumulative impacts on air quality when it approved drilling on the biologically rich plateau in northwest Colorado. She also said it failed to fully address potential ozone impacts and a proposal that would've left much of the surface of the plateau undisturbed by drilling.

Her ruling is prompting a new environmental analysis. But first, the BLM is hosting open house meetings Wednesday in Silt and Thursday in Grand Junction to help identify what should be addressed in the supplemental environmental impact statement for the plateau.

Authorities arrest Elizabeth Middle School janitor

ELIZABETH (AP) — Bond has been set at $100,000 for an Elizabeth Middle School janitor arrested on suspicion of Internet luring of a child.

Elbert County sheriff's officials say Michael Petramala was arrested Friday on accusations that he tried to meet with two girls under the age of 15 whom he met online.

Investigators allege Petramala had detailed sexual activities that he was planning with the girls and had agreed to bring alcohol and lingerie.

It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney who could comment on the accusations Monday.

Driving stoned bill back before Legislature

DENVER (AP) — A marijuana blood limit for drivers is back before Colorado lawmakers, with special urgency now that the drug is legal for adults.

A bill in House Judiciary Committee Tuesday would set a blood-level limit for marijuana.

Similar proposals have failed three times before because of concerns that blood tests aren't a fair way to tell whether someone is too stoned to get behind the wheel.

The bill under consideration would presume drivers are too stoned if their blood contains more than 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Pitkin County officials urge sledders to slow down

ASPEN (AP) — Pitkin County officials are urging sledders on Smuggler Mountain road to slow down after several close calls.

The county said Monday it has received multiple complaints from hikers who say sledders are going too fast for conditions.

According to the Aspen Daily News (http://tinyurl.com/awpapvm ), the road is heavily used by hikers and sledders, along with occasional snowshoers and skiers. It is also open to automobiles.

Lawmakers weigh restrictions on tanning for teens

DENVER (AP) — Lawmakers will consider a Democrat's proposal to restrict teenagers' use of tanning beds by requiring youths to have permission from parents and doctors.

A House committee will listen to testimony on the bill Tuesday and take the first vote on the measure.

The bill sponsored by Westminster Rep. Cherylin Peniston would prohibit the use of tanning beds for teens under 15, unless they have a doctor's prescription. Older teens who are under 18 would need a parental permission slip or a doctor's prescription to use tanning beds.

Colorado is one of the few states that doesn't limit youth tanning bed use.

Court says foster parents have rights

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that foster parents have a major role in hearings that can lead to termination of the parental rights of biological parents.

The ruling Monday overturns a decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals that led to restoration of parental rights for the mother of a 2-year-old boy.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/asg8ggt ), a judge ordered the boy be placed in foster care after the Montezuma County Department of Social Services found the child had injuries and there had been domestic violence in the home.

The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that the foster parents exceeded their role in a hearing and restored the mother's rights.

Regulators hold meeting on meat inspections

MONTE VISTA (AP) — State and federal regulators are holding a town hall meeting in Monte Vista to get public reaction on meat inspections.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture and federal Food Safety Inspection Service plan to discuss the inspection process, facility requirements, marketing opportunities and assistance.

The agencies say they want to make sure that there are sufficient processing plants with inspections available to provide necessary services at Tuesday's meeting.

Aspen mayoral race heats up

ASPEN (AP) — The Aspen mayoral race is heating up with questions over community unity.

According to the Aspen Daily News (http://tinyurl.com/9wkv7uq ), City Councilman Torre, who uses only one name, announced his candidacy Monday. Torre says there is a lack of civility and community participation in discussions between critics of City Hall and its critics.

The election is on May 7.

Torre joins fellow council members Steve Skadron and Adam Frisch in the race for the two-year term. There was no immediate response from Torre's opponents.

   

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1940, the United States Air Defense Command was created.

In 1945, authorities ordered a midnight curfew at night clubs, bars and other places of entertainment across the nation.

In 1952, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.

In 1962, after becoming the first American to orbit the Earth, astronaut John Glenn told a joint meeting of Congress, “Exploration and the pursuit of knowledge have always paid dividends in the long run.”

In 1970, National Public Radio was incorporated.

In 1987, the Tower Commission, which had probed the Iran-Contra affair, issued its report, which rebuked President Ronald Reagan for failing to control his national security staff.

In 1998, a jury in Amarillo, Texas, rejected an $11 million lawsuit brought by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey’s talk show for a price fall after a segment on food safety that included a discussion about mad-cow disease.

    

HAPPENINGS

-- “Learn Japanese,” 6-7:30 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.

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