FROM THE KMTS NEWSROOM… (05/06/2011)

Glenwood Springs–Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Mike Piper has resigned.
After 12 years on the job, Piper says recent valley-wide efforts to
consolidate emergency services and fire districts created
dissension and disagreement and it was time to step down.
Glenwood Springs–It’s only 987 dollars but at least it’s an
improvement for the city of Glenwood Springs. That’s how
much sales tax revenues increased in February compared
to a year ago. City officials say March could be better.
Steamboat Springs–Flooding danger has prompted Steamboat
Springs residents to keep a close eye on area streams and rivers.
Officials say the flooding danger in the Yampa Valley from the
runoff is higher than it’s been in many years.
Peach Valley–Several members of the Class of 2011 at
Coal Ridge High School are going on to college or trade
school. Yesterday, their accomplishments in the classroom
were recognized during the third annual “Academic Signing
Day” at Coal Ridge.
In other news…

DENVER (AP) – Home values in ski resort communities have dropped
by 20 percent or more since 2009, the first drop since the gas and
oil bust of the 1980s.
An evaluation found that Eagle County led the way with a 30 percent drop.
Statewide,homes have fallen in value
by nearly 10 percent since 2009.
Residential home values in Pitkin County fell by 25 percent,
while values in Routt fell 21 percent and Summit County by 20
percent.
Home values that are determined by government officials who
compare sales data for tax purposes had been rising in resort
communities by about 10 percent every two years.

DENVER (AP) – Western Convenience Stores Inc. and two other
companies have been fined $2.5 million for allegedly illegally
mixing and distributing more than a million gallons of bad
gasoline.
Environmental Protection Agency officials in court documents
filed Thursday say Western Convenience, Offen Petroleum Inc. and
Houston-based Rocky Mountain Pipeline System LLC mixed certified
gasoline with ethanol and a gasoline byproduct from natural gas
production. The Denver Post reports that federal officials say the
mix caused vehicles that filled up at dozens of Western Convenience
and other retail stations to spew as much as 10 tons of excess
pollutants into the air.
EPA regulations prohibit refining and selling gas exceeding
sulfur, benzene and volatility standards.
Officials with the three companies did not immediately return
messages left by The Associated Press Friday.

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