NEWS

TWO DAY CLOSURE OF HANGING LAKE TRAIL

Glenwood Springs—The Hanging Lake Trail will close tomorrow and Thursday while crews do some work on the popular path. This week, crews with the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District will replace a foundation to one of the railing posts below the staircase climb. Exit 125 will also be closed by C-DOT and the forest service will have staff posted at the trailhead. This week’s closure is the first of three that will take place over the next few months for various repair and maintenance projects. Big crowds are expected at Hanging Lake for the Memorial Day weekend.

FED PRISON SENTENCE FOR CRAIG DOCTOR

Craig—Five years in federal prison…that’s the sentence for the former Craig doctor who’s liberal prescription-writing of narcotic painkillers killed a patient. Joel Miller initially faced 20 years to life in prison for the death of the patient but that charge was dropped because of a technicality, a single, missing word in the charging document. Miller was found guilty of several other charges of overprescribing painkillers while he worked in Craig from 2008 to 2010.

MESA COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER CAN STAY PUT

Grand Junction—A Mesa County school board member will be able to remain in office after the Colorado Supreme Court rejected a challenge to his election. Last fall Paul Pitton was elected to the District 51 board after being certified to run as a candidate in a district that he didn’t live in at the time, an issue that came up during the campaign. The state Supreme Court ruled that opponents to his election didn’t file a challenge at the right time.

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