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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Gov. John Hickenlooper will stop in Glenwood Springs Monday to sign two new pieces of state legislation on a statewide bill-signing tour.

The governor and three state legislators are slated to attend the bill-signing ceremony at 1 p.m. Monday at the South Canyon Shooting Range, one mile south on the South Canyon Road from the South Canyon Exit 119, west of Glenwood Springs.

Hickenlooper is expected to sign House Bill 1275, sponsored by Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, and Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, which creates a sportsmen’s license plate. The new revenue will fund expanded opportunities for public shooting and improvement to fish habitat.

The governor is also expected to sign House Bill 1042, sponsored by Rep. Pace and Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, which will provide a tax credit to farmers and ranchers if they paid an inheritance tax, under the condition they keep the land in agricultural use.

Rep. Pace and Sens. White and Schwartz are expected to attend.

Starting this weekend, high school seniors will be going through commencement exercises. Congratulations to all these graduates.

Here is the schedule for graduation ceremonies:

Rifle High School: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, Rifle High School Bears Stadium

Coal Ridge High School: 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20, Coal Ridge High School football field

Yampah Mountain High School: 10 a.m. Friday, May 25, Glenwood Springs Community Center

Grand Valley High School: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, Grand Valley High School, Toby LeBorgne Field, Parachute

Bridges High School: 4 p.m. Friday, June 1, Bridges High School, Carbondale

Colorado Rocky Mountain School: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, CRMS Barn, Carbondale

Roaring Fork High School: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, Roaring Fork High School, Carbondale

Glenwood Springs High School: 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, Glenwood Springs High School

Basalt High School: 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, Basalt High School

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Entry forms for all girls who would like to participate in the 2012 Strawberry Princess activities are due Wednesday, May 23. The program is a tribute to girls, not a contest, and is open to all girls ages 5 to 11.

Princesses will decorate their float, model in a fashion show, be introduced on the stage at Strawberry Days, and ride their float in the parade. Strawberry Days is June 15-17 in Glenwood Springs.

The entry fee is $15, and forms are available at Sopris and Glenwood Springs elementary schools, at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association office, and online at strawberrydaysfestival.com.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The trustees of Colorado Mountain College on Friday hired the Front Range law firm of Sullivan Green Seavy to handle legal matters related to the proposed SourceGas compressor station on CMC’s Spring Valley campus.

SourceGas has indicated it will take legal action to enforce a lease agreement signed in 2011 by CMC’s chief executive officer, Stan Jensen, allowing the utility to install the compressor station on a five-acre site on college property.

SourceGas has said the station is needed to boost pressure in an existing gas line serving Eagle County, and must be installed in the Spring Valley area.

The CMC trustees voided the lease agreement signed by Jensen on Monday after students, faculty and neighboring landowners objected to the deal.

MEEKER (AP) – Federal officials have released a preliminary environmental assessment of two companies’ proposals for oil shale research in western Colorado.

Oil shale contains kerogen that must first be heated to high temperatures to produce oil. ExxonMobil Exploration Co. and Natural Soda Holdings Inc. each applied in 2010 for federal leases on 160-acre tracts near Meeker to research commercially viable ways to do so. Both companies have proposed in-situ projects to heat the kerogen underground.

The Bureau of Land Management on Friday released a document evaluating environmental effects of each proposal. It suggests steps the companies should take, such as limiting construction near raptor nests, to mitigate those effects.

The agency is accepting public comments on the environmental assessment through June 16.

GYPSUM (AP) – A volunteer track coach at a high school in Eagle County has been arrested after allegations of an unlawful sexual act with a student.

Twenty-year-old Omar Saucedo of Gypsum was booked into jail Friday on a charge of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

The Eagle Valley High School volunteer track coach is accused of an unlawful sexual act with a 15-year-old student, away from school property.

He is being held without bond pending a court appearance Monday. It’s unknown if he has a lawyer who can comment on his behalf.

High speed chase: A story in the May 18 edition incorrectly identified the deputy district attorney handling a case against Igor Skorev over a high-speed chase on I-70 into Glenwood Canyon on April 22. The deputy DA is Andrea S. Bryan.

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