Aspen–The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the Western Slope due to dry, windy conditions. Pitkin County has issued a fire ban as well.

Glenwood Springs–About a hundred people got a glimpse at the 11 alternatives being considered for the aging Grand Avenue Bridge during yesterday’s open house.

Glenwood Springs–Water rates and airport fees are among the items up for discussion at tonight’s Glenwood Springs City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 7.

Rocky Mountain National Park–Portions of Rocky Mountain National Park will be temporarily closed while crews treat trees before bark beetles can get to them. Trees that have already been killed by the beetle will be removed to prevent them from falling on roads, trails and campgrounds.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A soldier stationed at Fort
Carson has been killed in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense said Thursday 26-year-old Staff Sgt. Christopher Brown of Columbus, Ohio, died April 3. The Defense Department says Brown died of wounds from a roadside bomb. Brown was serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, after spending nearly year in Iraq.
Awards include the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and an Army
Commendation Medal.

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado pharmacy board is denying Medicaid
officials and a private insurer access to the state’s prescription
drug registry. The health care providers are seeking access as part of an
effort to slow an epidemic of painkiller overdoses.
The Denver Post reports the state Board of Pharmacy says the law
allows access only to those providing direct care or dispensing
prescriptions. The state registry records every dispensed prescription for
controlled substances. It also allows doctors and pharmacists to
review drug histories for their patients.

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