News, December 13th

WESTBANK SHOOTER TRIAL POSTPONED

Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Springs man who got into a shootout with a Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputy a year ago at a Westbank home won’t bge tried in court for a while. The trial for 62 year old Craig Dance was supposed to begin today but was postponed by District Judge James Boyd for “two developments in the case.” No new trial date has been set. Dance barricaded himself in a Westbank home on December 12th of last year and opened fire on a sheriff’s deputy. Dance remains behind bars at the Garfield County Jail on a half-million dollar bond.

CARBONDALE CITIZENS FURIOUS OVER GARCO WASTE TRANSFER STATION VOTE

Carbondale–There are a lot of angry citizens in Carbondale. They’re angry over the Garfield County Board of Commissioners’ unanimous approval this week of MRI’s waste transfer station and recycling center on Catherine Store Road. Several frustrated citizens are considering filing a class action lawsuit to challenge the board’s decision and put a stop to project.

C-DOT ADDS PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE TO THE GRAND AVENUE BRIDGE PROJECT

Glenwood Springs–The Grand Avenue Bridge Project continues to be reshaped and revised. Officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation have decided to include a new and improved pedestrian bridge. C-DOT program engineer Joe Elsen says it makes sense to make it part of the overall project because it provides the best multi-modal system. He says the pedestrian bridge is also in line with state statute requiring the project to meet the needs of people on foot and on bicycles.
Another revision calls for installing a new signal at the 6th and Laurel instead of a roundabout. The next public open house will be held Wednesday, January 9th at 5pm in the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

XCEL CALLING FOR HIGHER GAS RATES

Denver–If you’re a natural gas customer with Xcel Energy, your bill may be going up soon. Company officials are asking state regulators for a 10-year rate hike to help pay for pipeline upgrades. Xcel needs to raise about 800 million dollars to replace close to a hundred miles of old pipeline.

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