News, August 21st

DEADLY CRASH ON THOMPSON CREEK ROAD

A MAN WAS KILLED AND A WOMAN WAS SEVERELY INJURED IN
A ROLLOVER CRASH YESTERDAY AFTERNOON ON THOMPSON
CREEK ROAD OUTSIDE OF CARBONDALE. ACCORDING TO
REPORTS FROM THE GARFIELD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND
A PITKIN COUNTY ROAD AND BRIDGE CREW WHO SAW
THE ACCIDENT, THE NISSAN PATHFINDER WAS HEADED EAST
ON COUNTY ROAD 108 WHEN IT ROLLED OVER, EJECTING THE MAN
BEHIND THE WHEEL. SOME CREW MEMBERS RAN TO HELP
HIM AND PERFORMED CPR BUT HE WAS PRONOUNCED
DEAD AT VALLEY VIEW HOSPITAL. HIS NAME AND HOMETOWN HAVE NOT
BEEN RELEASED. THE WOMAN IN THE PASSENGER SEAT MANAGED TO
CRAWL OUT OF THE WRECKAGE AND WAS TAKEN TO VALLEY
VIEW. THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT IS STILL BEING INVESTIGATED
BY THE STATE PATROL.

GARCO LAND USE MGMT / BLM

JOHN MARTIN WOULD LOVE TO SIT DOWN WITH THE BUREAU OF
LAND MANAGEMENT AND SOLVE SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT ARE
HOLDING UP A NEW RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN. THE GARFIELD
COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAYS THE BLM’S APPROACH
IS TOO BROAD IN THE SENSE THAT IT LOOKS TO APPLY ONE
DESIGNATION FOR HUNDREDS OF PUBLIC, BLM AND ACCESS
ROADS. MARTIN SAYS HE’D LIKE AN EXTENSION FROM THE BLM TO
WORK OUT THEIR DIFFERENCES AND COME TO AN AGREEMENT.

AIR STUDY APPROVED BY GARCO BOARD

“WE’RE MAKING HISTORY TODAY.”
GARFIELD COUNTY COMMISSIONER MIKE SAMSON PUT INTO
PERSPECTIVE AN UNPRECEDENTED 1.8 MILLION DOLLAR STUDY
OF AIR QUALITY AND THE IMPACTS OF OIL AND GAS DRILLING.
THE BOARD VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO CONTRIBUTE ONE MILLION
DOLLARS TOWARD THE STUDY WHICH WILL BE OVERSEEN BY
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR OF ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH
DR. STEPHEN COLLETT JUNIOR. HE SAYS IN GENERAL, AIR EMISSSIONS
FROM OIL AND GAS DRILLING AREN’T WELL CHARACTERIZED.
FORMER PITKIN COUNTY COMMISSIONER DORTHEA FARRIS IS
NOW PART OF THE THOMPSON DIVIDE COALITION, THE GROUP
LOOKING TO PREVENT DRILLING IN THE AREA. SHE COMMENDS
THE GARFIELD COUNTY DECISION TO FUND THE AIR STUDY.
THE STUDY WILL BEGIN THIS FALL AND WILL TAKE THREE YEARS
TO COMPLETE.

AURORA, Colo. (AP) – Aurora is asking residents what should be done with the movie theater where 12 people were shot to death last month and 58 others were wounded. The city’s Facebook page directs residents to an online survey. Responses are not visible on the website, but suggestions from Facebook users range from tearing the theater down and replacing it with a memorial to reopening the theater, perhaps with a new name.

DENVER (AP) – An elections watchdog group says it’s worried that Colorado faces issues that show the state isn’t ready for November. The Denver Post reports that the non-profit Citizens Center says in a court filing that Boulder, Chaffee and Eagle Counties have marked ballots in a way that allows them to be traced to voters. The group says that could invalidate results.

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) – A man convicted as a convicted sex offender in Colorado is suspected of pretending to be a law officer and approaching two women in Texas. Records show 25-year-old Jeremi Blake is jailed on $2 million bond on two counts of impersonating a public servant. Neither woman was harmed in the stops early Saturday. Colorado records list Blake as a convicted sex offender in the Denver area for attempted kidnapping.

DENVER (AP) – Breckenridge ski area is getting bigger. The U.S. Forest Service said today it has approved the resort’s controversial Peak 6 Project, which adds 550 additional acres of skiable terrain, two new lifts and a warming hut. Environmentalists complained that cutting down trees to make more ski runs could hurt lynx and other endangered animals.

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