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December 17, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Governor Visits Durango, Touts Budget Plan
(2007-11-06)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Governor Bill Ritter visited Durango today (Tuesday).
He came to talk about his proposed budget, and money it contains for Fort Lewis College.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: Fort Lewis President Brad Bartel, in his first campus appearance since undergoing two months of cancer treatment in Denver, eagerly introduced Governor Bill Ritter.
BARTEL: BILL RITTER GETS IT. HE UNDERSTANDS THAT AN INVESTMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION WILL MAKE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE TO THIS WONDERFUL STATE OF OURS.
Ritter came to Durango to tout inclusion of 11.6-million dollars to expand FLC's Berndt Hall by 29-thousand square feet, in his budget, which he called a moral document.
RITTER: IT'S AN INVESTMENT, IT'S AN INVESTMENT IN STUDENTS, AND INVESTMENT IN THEIR EDUCATIONAL LIFE BUT IT'S ALSO AT THE END OF THE DAY, TIED TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AS WELL.
Among a couple hundred students and faculty attending the event was Shere Byrd, Chair of FLC's Biology and Agriculture Departments.
She's hopeful lawmakers will approve the money for the school.
BYRD: HIGHER EDUCATION HAS BEEN SHORTCHANGED FOR A LONG TIME IN COLORADO AND BUILDINGS AND INSTITUTIONS DON'T MAINTAIN THEMSELVES FOREVER WITHOUT SOME INPUT OF MONEY.
Senior Aaron Elinoff, a former student government member says students in general are excited, the present building is inadequate.
ELINOFF: INADEQUATE VENTILATION, KIDS GETTING LIGHT HEADED, SUPPORT BEAMS AND COLUMNS SORT OF OBSTRUCTING VIEWS, WE'RE IN GREAT NEED OF IT.
If ground on the new building is broken next summer it could be finished by winter of 2010.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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