Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Springs city council got an earful
of complaints about the 20-30 comprehensive plan last night.
Local developers expressed concerns about combining commercial
and residential use in new projects. There was also a debate over
the intent of the comp plan whether it was an actual code or an
advisory document. The council did not vote on the plan.
Rifle–The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is
investigating claims of diesel fuel being used in the hydraulic
fracturing process. The accusations are made in a Congressional
committee report but do not implicate drilling operations in
Garfield or Rio Blanco counties.
Silt–A dozen parcels on the Western Slope are being offered
for an oil and gas lease sale in May. A little over seven thousand
acres will be up for bid. One of the parcels is in Garfield County,
the rest in Rio Blanco County.
Steamboat Springs–A former employee of the Steamboat Ski Resort
has been busted for saying in an e-mail that he planted explosives
on a chairlift. The man’s hoax was an angry, drunken response
to his girlfriend dumping him,now he’s in jail.

DENVER (AP) – The latest extension of jobless benefits has
started to arrive for Colorado residents who had exhausted their
claims. State officials say the first payments last week were made
to about 24,000 claimants and totaled about $1.2 million. The
Colorado unemployment rate is 8.8 percent.

NEDERLAND, Colo. (AP) – Eldora Mountain Resort says the U.S.
Forest Service has accepted its new master plan. Besides updating
the resort’s lift network, the long-term plan discusses expanding
the resort’s restaurant and skier services center at the base, and
adding another snowmaking reservoir and more intermediate and
advanced terrain at the ski area west of Boulder.