News for Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Bolton sisters preparing for separate 18-month missions

Sarah Bolton describes it as an inspired work. Sarah and her younger sister Karen Bolton, 19, report on the same day, January 30, to begin their 18 month missions as part of their Mormon faith. Sarah, 21, sent her paperwork in nearly two weeks before Karen, yet they received their assignments in the mail only a day apart. Karen said with headquarters in Utah receiving about 1,400 applications a week, the timing for the sisters was nothing short of the Lord’s work.

Civil unions gets first vote in Colorado

A proposal to grant gay couples rights similar to marriage is expected to pass its first vote from Colorado lawmakers. A Senate committee is hearing testimony Wednesday from gay couples and supporters of traditional marriage on a civil unions bill that is expected to become law this year. Democrats tried unsuccessfully the last two years to pass civil unions, but House Republicans have defeated the measure. But Democrats now control both chambers of the legislature and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper supports the measure. Here's what people are saying about the vote:

Military considers joining firefighting sooner

Military and civilian officials are weighing whether to make it easier to call in military planes to help fight wildfires, a top general said Wednesday. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., head of the U.S. Northern Command, said making specially equipped C-130 cargo aircraft available sooner is under discussion as military and civilian officials get ready for the 2013 wildfire season. The Defense Department has eight C-130s that can be equipped to drop thousands of gallons of retardant on wildfires. Under current rules, they can't be called up unless all the civilian and commercial firefighting aircraft are in use or unavailable.

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Students perform dances as part of music and PE

Sunset Elementary School was moving and grooving Wednesday with students in first through fifth grade giving dance performances throughout most the day. Dressed in their best, students combined musical skills such as rhythm and timing with their physical education learning to perform line dances and other dances such as the Virginia reel dance. Sunset’s music teacher Amanda Peltier and physical education teacher Susan Nicholson teamed up beginning January 7 to teach students the dances.