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Dave Toelle, regional fire management officer in Rifle for the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, shows a sensor ball that’s used for infrared imaging and other fire reconnaissance work on one of two high-tech firefighting aircraft purchased by the state. Photo by Dennis Webb


Research center marks region’s growing firefighting role

RIFLE — When state officials recently chose the Rifle Garfield County Airport as the site of an aerial firefighting research center, it marked an expansion of a relatively new firefighting role that a state agency with a broadened mission is playing in the region.

State will draw money from severance taxes

DENVER — Despite calls from the Western Slope not to do so, next year’s proposed $28 billion spending plan includes taking money from severance taxes to help pay refunds required by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.



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