• John McCain, Arizona senator and Vietnam war hero, dies at 81 (SEDONA, Ariz.) — Arizona senator and former Republican presidential nominee John S. McCain died Saturday, months after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor. He was 81. McCain served in the United States Senate for three decades, was first elected in 1986, and was chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. McCain ran twice unsuccessfully ...
  • Trial Set For Glenwood Springs Man In Wife's Murder Glenwood Springs—It's been nearly two years since Bianca Jurado was gunned down in an apartment south of Glenwood Springs.  Her ex-husband, the man police believe pulled the trigger will finally stand trial for first degree murder.  Last summer, 29 year old Gustavo Olivo-Tellez originally entered a plea of not guilty but changed to an insanity ...
  • Rifle Man Gets Life Sentence For Wife's 2000 Murder Mount Pleasant, Iowa—A man from Rifle will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of his estranged wife nearly two decades ago in Iowa. A district judge sentenced 58 year old Michael Syperda to the life sentence for the death of Elizabeth Syperda.  She was 22 years old at the time ...
  • Early Morning Quake Reported In Rio Blanco County White River City—An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter Scale was reported this morning around 2 o'clock in a remote area of Rio Blanco County. According to information from the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was centered about 20 miles west of Meeker near the sparsely populated town of White River City.  The quake was ...
  • Carbondale Overdose Investigation Nets Second Arrest Carbondale/Grand Junction—A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the overdose death of a Carbondale man.  The Drug Enforcement Administration says 52 year old Bruce Holder has been indicted on charges of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death and distribution resulting in serious bodily injury.  Agents believe Holder was dealing the drug along with ...
  • Colorado Gubernatorial Candidates Oppose Drilling Setback Initiative Denver—Walker Stapleton and Jared Polis don't see eye-to-eye on many issues but the candidates hoping to be the next governor of Colorado do agree that Citizen's Ballot Initiative 97 would be bad for the state.  Appearing before the Colorado Oil and Gas Association's annual Energy Summit, Stapleton, the Republican candidate and Democrat, Polis both say ...
  • Local Wildfire Updates Rifle/Meeker—Battlement Mesa and Parachute residents worried about the Cache Creek Wildfire are encouraged to attend tonight's public information meeting at the Grand Valley Fire Station #1.  Officials with the Type-3 Incident Management will discuss and answer questions about the fire's behavior over the last week as well as current and future plans of attack.  The ...
  • Firefighters Challenged by Cache Creek Fire Rifle—The Cache Creek Fire southwest of Rifle is going to kick up a lot of smoke for a long time.  Fire Operations Chief Jim Genung informed a packed house at last night's public information meeting in Battlement Mesa that due to the challenging conditions and terrain, the size of the fire grew to over 2,500 ...
  • Truck Fire Near Glenwood Vapor Caves Closes I-70 Glenwood Springs—A late morning truck fire near the vapor caves shut down westbound I-70 for over an hour Thursday.  According to reports from the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, a mechanical failure in the pickup truck's gas tank caused the vehicle to erupt in flames that also sparked a small brush fire near the bike path.  ...
  • Garfield Commissioners Meet with Parachute Trustees Parachute—Town leaders in Parachute believe the future is bright for the community.  During a workshop last night, the board of trustees talked about ways the county can continue to partner with the town to address certain needs and projects to strengthen the local economy. Commissioner Tom Jankovsky says extending transit service to Parachute with a ...