NEWS, APRIL 3RD

Glenwood Springs–Garfield County Commissioners have decided to keep looking for a new county manager. Commissioners interviewed five finalists last week but felt none of them were the perfect fit.

Glenwood Springs–Local authorities are warning of high fire danger in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario says he’s keeping a close eye on conditions along with local fire chiefs. No fire bans have been issued yet.

Garfield County–Local elections are taking place today in New Castle, Silt, Basalt and Carbondale. Several town council seats are up for grabs. Most towns are conducting a mail-in ballot election but if you still have your ballot, you’ll have to drop it off at your town hall by 7 o’clock tonight

Carbondale–Opponents to oil and gas drilling in the Thompson Divide are being told to be patient by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet. He told members of the Thompson Divide Coalition that negotiations are ongoing with the gas companies who own leases in the area.

DENVER (AP) – The expansion of Colorado’s Medicaid program is
falling short of expectations. About 50,000 residents are expected
to meet the criteria for new programs, but only 10,000 will be
accepted in a lottery for services. Officials blame increased
Medicaid costs and a disappointing return on fees for hospital
services.

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) – A 39-year-old man has been sentenced for
strangling his ex-fiance’ whose naked body was found along a
highway south of Golden in 1998. Adam Dixon pleaded guilty last
month to second-degree murder in the death of Sabrina Stevens.
Jefferson County prosecutors say a judge yesterday sentenced Dixon
to 15 years in prison, with five years parole.

DENVER (AP) – Molson Coors is spending $3.5 billion to buy the
StarBev and its nine breweries in central and eastern Europe.
StarBev had sales last year of about $1 billion. The company brews
Bergenbier, Ozusko and Borsodi beers. StarBev will keep its
headquarters in the Czech Republic and run as a separate division
of Molson Coors.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – A memorial is planned in Boulder for
ultra-marathoner Micah True who died last week while running in New
Mexico. Organizers say the event will include a one hour run
beginning at 4 p.m. Friday at Chautauqua Park with a memorial at 6
p.m. True is considered a legend and inspiration among runners and
is the central character of the book, “Born to Run.”

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