NEWS, AUGUST 16TH

Rifle–Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Rifle City Council. Tonight, the candidates will try to convince voters why they should be elected. Rich Carter, Jay Miller, Wilma Paddock and incumbent Jonathan Rice will be at the Rifle city hall for a locally televised debate. It begins at 6:30.

Rifle–Colorado U. S. Senator Michael Bennet spoke with local leaders and energy industry representatives about the viability of compressed natural gas. Bennet says the future of cleaner burning fuels like CNG are going to require the innovation and vision of people like Kirk Swallow. Swallow owns one of the two CNG filling stations in Western Colorado.

Vail–The Eagle County Sheriff’s office and Vail Mountain Rescue are looking for traces of a Broomfield man who hasn’t been seen or heard from since August 8th. 37 year old Justyn Lamarine was last seen in Fairplay. His SUV was discovered three days later behind Vail Mountain. Relatives in Broomfield say he told them he was going to Denver to run some errands.

In other news…

DENVER (AP) – The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded nearly
$7.2 million to a Colorado Springs company researching systems for
capturing carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
The project by Neumann Systems Group Inc. is one of four
selected by the department for development on cutting costs and
boosting efficiency of carbon capture systems. The others are in
New Jersey, Georgia and Kentucky.
The department’s goal is to develop technologies that can
achieve at least 90 percent carbon dioxide removal at no more than
a 35 percent increase in the cost of electricity. The department
says existing carbon capture systems require large amounts of
energy for their operation and can add as much as 80 percent to the
cost of electricity for a new pulverized coal plant.

DENVER (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union says Denver has
offered to pay $200,000 to settle a lawsuit over arrests during a
protest at the Democratic National Convention.
The ACLU said Tuesday that police would make changes to their
policy and training under the proposed settlement.
The lawsuit claimed that police confined hundreds of protesters
in a section of downtown on the second day of the 2008 convention.
It claims police let about half of the group go but then arrested
about 100 of them arbitrarily. The ACLU said lawyers for the city have agreed to the settlement but it still must approved by a federal judge and the Denver City Council.

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