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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Ahead of the upcoming budget debate in the General Assembly, Colorado’s House and Senate Democrats are teaming up today to host a “Budget Listening Tour” in 12 different communities across the state.

The tour includes stops in Glenwood Springs and Eagle, with meetings hosted by state Rep. Roger Wilson, D-Glenwood Springs, and Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon.

The Eagle meeting is set for 10-11:30 a.m. at the Eagle County Building, 590 Broadway.

The Glenwood Springs meeting is set for 1-2:30 p.m. at the Garfield County Administration Building, 108 8th St.

The “Budget Listening Tour” is an opportunity for Coloradans to provide feedback and share their ideas, concerns, and suggestions about the state’s budget situation.

Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance crews and contractor Yenter Companies will conduct rockfall work on the cliffs above on I-70 in DeBeque Canyon from Monday through Friday.

The work will involve drilling, blasting and follow-up rock scaling at two sites between mileposts 51 and 52. The project cost is approximately $25,000.

The work zone will be narrowed to one lane for eastbound traffic, and the entire area may be closed for up to an hour during blasting and scaling operations. Work is expected to run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Drivers are urged to plan ahead for delays. Visit http://www.cotrip.org or call 511 for road conditions, or use the website to sign up for e-mail or text alerts for your area of interest.

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario has returned nearly $2.9 million in unused funds from his department’s $18.8 million 2010 budget to the county general fund.

The sheriff department’s actual spending in 2010 of nearly $16 million was a 3 percent increase over 2009 spending, according to sheriff’s department spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis. The sheriff’s department also returned $2 million in unused funds from its 2009 budget, she noted.

“We base our budget on what is needed, not wanted, and only spend what is necessary to maintain the safe operation of the sheriff’s office and provide the services that are expected by the community,” said Vallario. “If we don’t spend it, we return it, because it belongs to the taxpayers.”

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