Two Illinois residents, a 33-year-old woman and her 13-year-old son, were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash 20 miles west of Glenwood Springs on I-70, a little after 5:30 Monday evening. Surviving members of that family include the late woman’s fiance’ and her 2 daughters. They’re all being treated for their injuries at Grand River Hospital of Rifle. The state patrol’s investigating the wreck as an accident. No indication as yet, as to what caused it.
Updating the wildfire situation across much of the high country– firefighting efforts were helped quite a bit by rainshowers that moved into the mountains Monday afternoon. Several hours of steady rain were welcomed by many Summit County residents, where the Peak 2 fire a couple miles south of Frisco that had blown toward Breckenridge on its first day last week, stayed 85% contained, with only 84 acres burned. As far as the other major blazes of recent days, the Gutzler fire in northern Eagle County held Monday at 970 acres with 20% containment… and the biggest current fire about 50 miles west of Craig in Moffat County, the Peekaboo fire, is now about 40% contained, having scorched more than 12,000 acres.
Since their session concluded at the end of last month, the nation’s 9 top judges, the members of the Supreme Court, scattered to the winds, to reconvene in Washington in October. Monday, one member found herself in Colorado, as Justice Elena Kagan took part in the first “Conversation” named for the trailblazing 1st woman on the high court, retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, at the Aspen Institute. Kagan was asked by a student, how her personal beliefs affect her work. The Justice says you can’t let them, that whatever you think of issues needs to be put off to the side, or in a box, as much as you can, when deciding whether a law is just…
kagan 1 :21 Q:…that we have (2X)…
Justice Kagan expresses great respect and gratitude to former Justice O’Connor, for the many glass ceilings she broke, making Kagan’s appointment to the high bench possible. She says her process of interpreting cases involves looking at not only what the writers of a law might’ve meant many years ago, but also studying and applying how the statute has been ruled on since. On the 1st of next month, Kagan’s colleague, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, appears at the Aspen Institute.
A statewide political note– west Denver Metro Congressman Ed Perlmutter is giving up his bid for the Democratic nomination for Governor next year, and his seat in the House as well. Perlmutter hadn’t said why he’s bailing, as of last night. The field still left in the primary includes Congressman Jared Polis, Denver state Senator Mike Johnston who grew up in Vail when his dad was the Mayor, former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy, and businessman Noel Ginsburg. The Republican side has 3 candidates in the primary field for Governor, too… And several candidates are also already running for Perlmutter’s House post.
Aspen City Council’s expected to decide today whether to spend up to $450,000 extra dollars in financing for the city’s potential new municipal office building. If it does, that action’s expected to help the city avoid holding an election on the $22 million dollar plus spending plan. Some say if Aspen finances the construction expenses with so-called “general obligation” bonds, a vote of the public would be required. With other financial instruments, “certificates of participation,” that election would not be needed, but the project’s pricetag would be higher.
If you missed some of our stories or just want to read them for yourself, they’re all posted at ksno dot net. I’m Jim Williams, KSNO News. There’s more of the Morning Roundabout, including Meteorologist Don Day’s complete extended forecast, on the way next.