• NEWS SAGE GROUSE PLANS RECONSIDERED BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service is rethinking protection plans for sage grouse in six Western states after a U.S. court agreed with mining companies that the agency illegally created some safeguards in Nevada. The agency announced Tuesday that it’s working with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which also is ...
  • NEWS OCTOBER UNEMPLOYMENT UP  Denver—There were a few more people in the unemployment lines in Colorado last month. According to the state labor department, the jobless rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point from September to 2.7%.  Officials say that was mainly due to fewer people working for the government and more finding jobs in the private ...
  • Glenwood Police Suspend Search for Bank Robber Glenwood Springs—The search for a would-be bank robber in West Glenwood Springs has been suspended for now. According to Lieutenant Bill Kimminau with the Glenwood Springs Police Department, investigators are gathering more information and evidence from Alpine Bank near the Glenwood Springs Mall. Police say a man, described as having a “dark complexion” and wearing a ...
  • Marijuana Taxes Approved in two Western Slope Communities Debeque—New taxes on marijuana were approved by voters yesterday in Debeque and Eagle County.  The new sales and excise taxes on recreational weed will incrementally phased in. Each tax will start at 2 and a half percent and top out at 5 percent.  They will be added to the existing 4 percent sales tax on ...
  • New Life for Senior Care in Grand River District Rifle—Voters overwhelmingly favored ballot question 4A to pay for a new senior care center and hospital expansion project. With 67% of the vote, the 89.4 million dollar bond issue passed that will replace the half-century old, dilapidated E. Dene Moore center. Grand River Hospital CEO Jim Coombs says the old care center at the top ...
  • Battlement Mesa Woman Wins CMC Board Seat Battlement Mesa—In the only contested seat on the CMC Board of Directors, Peg Portscheller of Battlement Mesa defeated former Rifle Mayor Randy Winkler with 59 percent of the vote.  The former Lake County School Superintendent now runs an education consulting firm.
  • 2017 Election Results Glenwood Springs—When it came to tax or bond questions voters were very selective on election day.  Ballot Question 1A which sought to raise one million dollars per year over 10 years to enhance museums and support historic preservation in Garfield County communities was rejected 5,755 to 4,721.  Ballot Issue 4B, dubbed by supporters, “Keep Colorado ...
  • Tipton Votes to Extend Children’s Health Insurance Program Washington, D.C.—With bipartisan support today, Congress voted to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and community health centers.  Western Slope Congressman Scott Tipton says passing the ‘Championing Healthy Kids Act’ was critical as funds for the CHIP program were expected to run out in Colorado by the end of January. With today’s vote, ...
  • Firefighter Recruiting Underway Glenwood Springs—The Bureau of Land Management and the forest service is looking for a few good men AND  women to help fight wildfires.  Firefighters from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Unit are hosting recruiting sessions this fall and winter.  David Boyd with the BLM says the hope is to spur the interest in wildland ...
  • Former Arts Center Director Charged Today, the Glenwood Springs Police Department issued a summons to former Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts Executive Director, Christina Brusig. A Press Release from Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson indicates that Brusig was charged with Class 1 Misdemeanor Theft. Wilson did not give specifics in the release, but did indicate the summons was ...