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DENVER – The vital records office at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment warned that online birth certificate services are charging more than five times the $17.75 cost of getting certificates through the state or local vital records offices.

Colorado residents have reported paying up to $120 for an online service that assists people in completing the birth certificate application online and then submitting it to the state. The same service is available through the department’s website, http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/certs/birth.html. The department site also has a link to the state’s official online birth certificate service, VitalChek. The fee for using Vital Check is an additional $9.

People who come in to the state vital records office or the office of a local public health agencies can obtain birth certificates quickly for $17.75, with no online processing fee.



Residents can also submit a request online using VitalChek, the state’s official birth certificate service, and pay $26.76 (which includes the state fee of $17.75, plus VitalChek’s $9 processing fee.)

“While other website services for obtaining Colorado birth certificates can be found online, there is no reason the public should pay more than necessary,” said Ron Hyman, state registrar. “There is just one official web service for Colorado, and anyone using an online service other than VitalChek is paying far more than they should.”



GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Short lane closures of five minutes will occur on West Midland Avenue today and Tuesday, between Eighth Street and West Meadows Drive.

The closures will stop traffic in both directions for five minutes while crews from the city of Glenwood Springs and Martinez Western Constructors conduct leak detection testing on the new sanitary sewer force mains that will connect to the new Glenwood Wastewater Treatment Facility.

For information, contact SGM Project Engineer Adam Racette at 319-2093.

Colorado Mountain Junior College District is looking for candidates to run for four seats on its elected board of trustees in the Nov. 1 election. Each term is for four years.

Each potential candidate must be an eligible elector, as defined by state statute, and reside within the boundaries of the district in which they submit their candidacy.

The four districts with seats up for election are District 2 (Roaring Fork School District RE-1 Director Districts B, C, D and E), District 4 (Summit County School District RE-1), District 5 (Steamboat Springs School District RE-2) and District 6 (Lake County School District RE-1 and Eagle County School District RE-50J Director District A).

Candidates must file a petition with at least 50 qualifying signatures by 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26. Petitions are available at the CMC office in downtown Glenwood Springs.

For information, contact Debbie Novak at 947-8365.

The Colorado Reapportionment Commission is making a 25-city tour of the state in August and September to hold public hearings on reapportionment of state House and Senate district boundaries in response to the 2010 Census.

The tour includes a stop in Glenwood Springs, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Garfield County Administration Building, 108 Eighth St.

Following the hearings, a final map is to be approved and submitted to the State Supreme Court for review by the Oct. 7 deadline.

The commission is established by law every 10 years, and consists of 11 members appointed by the governor, the chief justice of the Supreme Court and minority and majority leadership in the Senate and House.

The state Constitution sets criteria the commission must use to draw House and Senate districts based on the results of the census. Beginning on May 12, the commission held 11 public hearings to develop initial maps. The commission will now tour the state again to gather feedback on the maps developed over the course of the summer.


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