Glenwood Springs–Hotel rooms were scarce in Glenwood Springs during the month of July. According to reports from the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, the occupancy rate was almost 81 and a half percent. That’s the highest rate in three years.

Aspen–The Glenwood Springs man who stole a monk’s pain pills at the Snowmass Monastery can stay out of jail if stays out of trouble. 34 year old Daniel Kramer was sentenced in Pitkin County District Court to a year and a half of probation in addition to six years of supervised probation.

Carbondale–The Ross Montesorri School of Carbondale is more than halfway to it’s goal of building a brand new school. The school was awarded a 6.6 million dollar grant to buy land provided they can raise 5.2 million in matching funds by December.

Rio Blanco County–Over five thousand lightning strikes were reported last night in Northwest Colorado including Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. A handful of fires were started as a result. Crews were able to contain them all.

In other news…

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado State coach Steve Fairchild
has acknowledged that two football players were among four people
arrested Saturday at an apartment complex party. Starting middle
linebacker James Skelton and backup defensive tackle Zach Tiedgen
were cited for disorderly conduct. The 21-year-old juniors were
arrested at a move-in pool party at the Campus Crossroads at Ram’s
Pointe apartment complex.

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) – Fort Carson is holding a memorial
service Thursday for 14 soldiers who died in Afghanistan. The
service will honor members of the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st
Brigade Combat Team who died during their yearlong deployment. The
dead include Chaplain Dale A. Goetz Jr., a captain from South
Dakota. He’s believed to be the first chaplain killed in the line
of duty since the Vietnam War. He and four others were killed when
a roadside bomb hit their vehicle.

DENVER (AP) – Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi is in Denver to
talk about jobs for women and to help raise money for Democrats.
Pelosi plans to join Congresswoman Diana DeGette of Denver this
afternoon for a discussion with female business leaders. Then
Pelosi heads to Boulder for a private fundraiser with Congressman
Jared Polis.

DENVER (AP) – The consulates for Mexico, Guatemala and Peru are
hosting seminars in Denver this week to educate immigrants about
their labor rights. The events tied to the upcoming Labor Day
holiday are part of Labor Rights Week. Throughout the week, the
consulates in Denver plan sessions with attorneys and local
organizations to inform immigrants about rights to minimum wage,
worker’s compensation, and how to file workplace complaints with
state and federal agencies.