Glenwood Springs–Garfield County Commissioners unanimously approved
a 3 thousand dollar contribution to the Glenwood Springs High School
Mock Trial Team to help send them to next month’s national competition
in Phoenix.
Rifle–The city of Rifle is now one of two places on the Western Slope
to sell compressed natural gas. Brand new c-n-g pumps officially opened
up for business at the Rifle Shell on Railroad.
State Capitol–State lawmakers are close to an agreement on uniform
standards for when autopsies should be performed. Right now, there
are no official county coroner guidelines for forensic autopsies.
Western Colorado–Despite modest job growth on the Western Slope
in energy and construction, unemployment remains sky high. In
Mesa County alone, the jobless rate has tripled in the last few months
to above 11 percent.
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Work is beginning on a runway extension
project at Aspen’s airport.
Construction is set to start Monday and it’s expected to be
finished before the start of the next ski season.
Extending the runway will
allow summer flights to Aspen to carry full passenger loads. That’s
expected to make another 12,000 seats available to potential
The first phase of the $15.4 million project involves installing
a new water connection, which won’t affect flights. Work in
September and October will prevent United Airlines’ flights from
using the airport during a total of six days.
Planes won’t have the full use of the existing runway then.
Frontier Airlines and private flights will still be able to operate

DENVER (AP) – Cold snowy weather returned to the Front Range
yesterday. The Denver Post reported that snow and icy roads
contributed to several accidents that prompted state transportation
officials to close of a portion of Interstate 70 through the
mountains, including eastbound lanes near Vail Pass.

DENVER (AP) – Officials have stored samples of Colorado mountain
snowpack just in case they’re needed to measure any fallout from
Japan’s nuclear disaster. Denver’s KCNC-TV reports that collectors
took samples at 10 locations, from Cameron Pass to the north to La
Veta Pass in the south. Officials stress there is no reason for
concern; Colorado authorities have previously said that minuscule
radiation levels have been detected by EPA monitors.