Glenwood Springs–Local rivers and streams are expected to peak later this week. Dozens of people living in flood danger areas have already stacked sandbags. Garfield County Road 217 and Rifle Mountain Park are both closed due to rising water.

Rifle–Garfield County has reopened the fairgrounds to incoming horses and equine activities. Officials say the deadly herpes virus that’s infected hundreds of horses seems to be on the decline.

Grand Junction–A 675 mile long pipeline that will carry natural gas from the Western Slope to Oregon should be up and running next month. Officials with Bill Barrett Corporation say the pipeline will handle up to one and a half billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.

Grand Junction–This is Colorado Wine Week as declared by Governor John Hickelooper. The Governor visited a handful of wineries in Palisade today to celebrate the growth of Colorado’s wine industry that now boasts some 120 grape growers.

In other news…

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado health department is
warning of dangerous haze from wildfires in southwest Colorado and
Arizona. The department says the fires are creating a dangerous haze over Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Walsenburg, Trinidad, Alamosa,
Westcliffe, Canon City and surrounding areas.
The health department says people with heart disease,
respiratory illnesses, young children and the elderly should limit
prolonged exertion. The department says some people should consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making them ill.

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Pitkin County officials are telling staffers
to take a light-handed approach to governing the medical marijuana
industry. Citizens told commissioners they don’t want the county to be a
growing site that serves dispensaries elsewhere. The proposed
regulations don’t allow the total number of licensed grow sites to
exceed the total number of dispensaries in the county
Community development spokesman Lance Clarke saysthere are seven dispensaries in the county and six grow sites, so present circumstances meet the proposed limitation. The proposals will go to the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday and county commissioners on Wednesday. Local governments in Colorado have until July 1 to establish their own regulations and licensing procedures for the medical
marijuana industry, or to prohibit such facilities altogether.

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