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Colorado News Roundup: Hillary Clinton to attend fundraiser near Aspen (08.02.16)

POLITICS

ASPEN, Colo. — Hillary Clinton is scheduled to attend a pricey fundraiser for her presidential campaign near Aspen Tuesday evening.

The Aspen Daily News reports that Karim Souki, a principal in the real estate investment company Ajax Holdings, is hosting the outdoor dinner at his ranch in Woody Creek. Tickets cost between $10,000 to $50,000.

Pitkin County Democratic Party chairman Howard Wallach says such high-priced events "are a necessary part of politics" following the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing virtually unlimited contributions by corporations and unions.

Clinton isn't scheduled to make any public appearances.

Meanwhile, "Hunger Games" actress Elizabeth Banks, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention, is set to attend a pep rally for Clinton volunteers and a voter registration drive in Aspen on Tuesday.

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DENVER — Democratic Rep. Jared Polis has given $25,000 to a group pushing to allow local government more say over energy production.

Polis gave the money to Yes for Local Control Over Oil and Gas, according to campaign finance disclosures posted Monday. The group supports a ballot measure to amend the state constitution to give local governments more control over oil and gas production.

The measure isn't necessarily going to be on Colorado ballots. The group faces a deadline Monday to turn in some 98,000 signatures to get the amendment before voters.

The group faces a steep financial disadvantage if the measure makes ballots. An industry group has raised $13.4 million to oppose it. Energy producers say the change would unduly chill an industry currently regulated by the state.

WEATHER

Monsoons expected to drench southwestern Colorado this week

DURANGO, Colo. — Monsoons have arrived in southwest Colorado, promising much-needed rain but also the potential for flash floods.

National Weather Service Grand Junction meteorologist Joe Ramey tells The Durango Herald that there were two weak monsoon surges from late June through July, but the upcoming storms are expected to be stronger.

The seasonal monsoons are created by winds coming from the south instead of the west while winds pull water to the region from the gulfs of Mexico and California. A thermal low develops over the desert southwest, pulling in more rain.

A Monday afternoon storm brought rain, hail and lightning to Durango. It started a small wildland fire and flooded some businesses.

The forecast calls for thunderstorms in the afternoons through Friday.

ENVIRONMENT

Fishing limits lifted on reservoir before water is drained

DELTA, Colo. — Anglers with a Colorado fishing license can take all the fish they want from a western Colorado reservoir before the water is drained for repair work.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Tuesday it will lift fishing limits on Big Eggleston Lake on Grand Mesa starting Saturday. Only legal fishing methods may be used.

The agency says the fish will die as the water level drops, so anglers are encouraged to harvest them first.

Big Eggleston Lake is about 23 miles northeast of Delta.

The Grand Mesa Water Users Association is draining the lake to repair an outlet structure on the dam. The work is expected be completed in the fall.

CRIME

Hunter who wounded pilot near Byers gets 2 years probation

BRIGHTON, Colo. — A hunter who shot at an ultralight pilot flying overhead near Byers will serve two years on probation.

Frank Urban was sentenced Tuesday in Brighton after pleading guilty to illegally discharging a firearm at James Johnson, a farmer who was flying over his neighboring cornfield, in September.

As a result of the felony conviction, Urban will also have to surrender his firearms.

Johnson told investigators that Urban appeared to flip him off and pointed his shotgun at him before shooting him in the leg.

Urban initially told investigators that Johnson buzzed over him and his cousin about six to eight times and denied intentionally shooting at him. Urban's cousin, however, said he thought he was shooting at the plane.