• Criminal Charges for Driver in Double Fatality Near Rifle Rifle—The man behind the wheel in last week’s deadly rollover crash north of Rifle that claimed the lives of two local men is facing criminal charges.  40 year old Cody Christopher made his first appearance in Garfield County court yesterday where he was formally charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, assault and DUI.  36 ...
  • Garfield County Men Killed in Crash North of Rifle   Rifle—Two local men were killed in a car crash late Thursday night on a remote road north of the Rifle Correctional facility.  According to reports from Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire, 41 year old Trent Johnson of Glenwood Springs and 36 year old Matthew Smith of Rifle died at the scene of the accident at ...
  • New Colorado Laws Undated—If you were earning minimum wage in Colorado in 2017, you just got a hefty raise as of yesterday. Thanks to a new law that went into effect with the new year, Colorado’s minimum wage went from $7.18 an hour to $10.20 an hour. It’s the first step in a plan approved by voters to ...
  • Bustang Expanding Grand Junction—The popular bus service that connected Glenwood Springs to Denver is getting bigger.  The Colorado Department of Transportation is expanding Bustang bus service to southwest Colorado.  Starting next summer, the eye-catching purple buses equipped with extra amenities will be connecting Grand Junction to Durango and Gunnison to Denver while serving the cities and towns ...
  • Wildfires Burn up Ski Area Budgets Aspen—The next time you complain about buying a lift ticket at your local ski resort, remember one thing; a good chunk of that money is going toward fighting wildfires elsewhere. During the 2017 fiscal year, the White River National Forest, the most popular recreational forest in the nation, shelled out over 20 million dollars to ...
  • Man With Sword Arrested After Attempted Robbery COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A sword-wielding man suspected of robbing a Colorado Springs bank is in custody after a standoff with police in a nearby apartment building. Colorado Springs police Lt. Howard Black says 39-year-old Anthony Hammond faces an aggravated robbery charge after the Tuesday robbery. Black says the suspect entered the bank with a sword ...
  • Increase in Oil and Gas Drilling Activity GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Figures show oil and gas drilling activity in western Colorado is at its highest pace in several years, with no signs of slowing down in 2018. The Daily Sentinel reports Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission data through Dec. 8 shows drilling had begun on 113 wells so far this year ...
  • BLM Relocation a Possibility GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Officials in Western Colorado say they have the perfect place if the federal Bureau of Land Management decides to move its Washington, D.C. headquarters closer to the vast lands it administers. Western Colorado. Mesa County officials hope to lure the BLM. Some 45 percent of Mesa County is managed by the federal ...
  • Colorado “CHIP” Funding Spared Denver—Instead of a letter informing 75,000 kids and pregnant women in Colorado that their health coverage was coming to an end, state lawmakers came through with emergency funds.  The legislature’s Joint Budget Committee unanimously approved spending 9.6 million dollars of state funds to extend “CHIP”, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, possibly through the month of ...
  • Hanging Lake Management Plan Moves Forward Glenwood Springs—615 hikers per day. That’s the maximum number the White River National Forest is sticking with for the Hanging Lake Trail. The forest service released the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Hanging Lake Management Plan. District Ranger Aaron Mayville says this year, 184,000 people traversed the steep, rocky trail leading to the pristine waters ...