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Friday, April 15, 2011
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FORT COLLINS FRIDAY APRIL 15, 2011 Pistol Pete Sophomore quarterback is taking on a leadership role for the Rams, SPORTS, PACE D1 1 1 vi PLORADOAN A GANNETT COMPANY THE FORECAST Mostly sunny, windy and cool High today: 57 Low tonight: 32 PAGE C8 ' -w k.J . . v. .. V - S" Ix. Si ?3 Who's visiting v-:pj BUSINESS, PAGE A1 amnion Cory Gardner By Robert Moore Rep. Cory Gardner today will vote in favor of a Republican budget plan that supporters say will shave $6 trillion off deficits in coming decades by overhauling Medicare and making other sweeping changes. "I think it's important that we move the conversation about a serious plan to address a very seri ous problem," Gardner said in an interview with the Coloradoan, his first public comments on the budget plan drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. During the 2010 campaign, when Gardner defeated Democratic incumbent Betsy Markey, he repeatedly promised to oppose any plans to drastically overhaul entitlement programs. "I do not favor privatization of Social Security or Medicare. We need to make sure that we're living up to the promises that we have made to seniors and workers in this country," he said in a 2010 interview with the Coloradoan. But much of the savings in the Ryan plan comes from ending the current Medicare system, in which the government is a single payer of health-care expenses for people older than 65. Instead, the govern ment would provide "premium support payments payments that would be used to help pay the premiums for a private health insurance policy," according to an analysis of the GOP budget plan by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The changes would apply to people currently younger than 55, with people above that age staying in the single-payer system. Under the Ryan plan, the healthcare costs borne by individual retirees, through premiums and out-of-pocket costs "would be greater under the (Ryan) proposal than under traditional Medicare," the CBO said in its April 5 analysis. Gardner denied that voting for the Ryan plan would be going back on his campaign pledge, saying See BUDGET, Page A2 ;AfV ln J i' I - ji " : g.Ci - - ft , , If if f,,V':;, ' 'tf if?rVi'h iHiiirWiiiiii' 'in'itf-'-iii-iir - 'Tim i I""" mw ' 1.1- ,l1g.ct,JiMAii. -,--, CSU President Tony Frank is buckled into an electric race car Thursday with the help of engineering student Tyler Neff, left, during the groundbreaking celebration for a new engineering building on the CSU campus in Fort Collins. Frank and Vice President of Operations Amy Parsons, in car at right made a surprise grand entrance by driving the student-built vehicles to a tent where people were gathered to celebrate the construction of a building that will consist of 122,000 square feet of classrooms, student laboratories and research labs, dawn madurathe coloradoan CSU breaks ground on engineering building By Trevor Hughes CSU broke ground Thursday on a massive new engineering facility that will provide classrooms and space for wide-ranging cutting-edge research, from biomedical engineering to sensors that help detect tuberculosis and cancer. Colorado State University President Tony Frank said the 122,000-square-foot, $68.7 million building is the latest example of the university's commitment to providing world-class facilities for students and researchers. Work has already begun on the site at Laurel Street and Meridian Avenue, next to the CSU police department in Green Hall. Frank said the building, today known as Engineering II, See CSU, Page A2 Despite fresh snow, fire danger still high By Bobby Magill ENGLEWOOD - Northern Colorado's drought is expected to persist, but Thursday's moisture might help moderate the fire danger throughout the region, foresters said Thursday. Between .5 inches and .75 inches of rain and wet snow fell on Fort Collins late Wednesday and early Thursday with about PAGE A2 How to help victims of Crystal Fire an inch of precipitation falling in the foothills, according to the city's rain gauges and U.S. Forest Service reports. "We're hoping that will be See FIRE, Page A2 The Crystal Fire burns April 3 to the south of Horsetooth Reservoir. The wildfire burned about 2,940 acres, destroyed 15 homes and forced the evacuation of 330 homes west of Fort Collins. RICH abrahamsoncoloradoan library POUDRE SCHOOL DISTRICT State Board of Ed orders schools to notify parents of employee arrests By Trevor Hughes Starting next month, parents of school children must be notified by district leaders whenever a school employee is arrested or charged with any felony, or misdemeanor charges of sexual assault, child abuse or indecent exposure. The new notification rules approved by the Colorado Board of Education on Wednesday take effect May 30. The notification rules also require parental notification whenever a school employee who transports children is arrested or charged for driving under the influence. The rules only apply to school district employees whose job "brings them into contact with students." The rules also require the Bob Schaffer disclosure of drug arrests or charges, but specifically exclude "an arrest or charge for simple marijuana possession." They don't apply to private schools, daycare centers or kindergartens but do apply to charter schools. Board Chairman Bob Schaffer began pushing the disclosure rules after a Coloradoan investigation last summer revealed Colorado Department of Education workers were largely ignoring a state law requiring such See NOTIFY, Page A2 Teachers union seeks arbitration about expanding class load By Lindsey Larson The Poudre Education Association on Thursday requested an arbitrator in a dispute with Poudre School District about the number of classes high school teachers are required to teach. In November, the district approved the new schedules, which administrators refer to as student learning opportunities, as a route to offering more advanced placement classes. In February, PEA President Greg Grote filed a grievance on behalf of teachers at Fort Collins, Fossil Ridge and Poudre high schools over changes in class schedules beginning in the fall. Teachers at those schools teach five classes per semester; the district is adding another class per semester starting next fall so they will be teaching six classes as do the teachers at Rocky Mountain and Centennial high schools. Rocky Mountain operates on a block schedule, while the other schools use a more traditional schedule. Some teachers told the PSD Board of Education on Nov. 9 they opposed the additional class requirement because it impacted their one-on-one time with students. Julie Lynam, an art teacher at Poudre, told the Coloradoan in February that the importance of time spent with students outside of class cannot be taken for granted. "I'm concerned with maintaining a relationship with my students," Lynam said. "This ... will squash that amount of time (teachers) take to make kids See ARBITRATION, Page A2 WWW.C0L0RADOAN.COM si Visit us on the Web, email CityNews or fax (970) 224-7899. 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