Durango/Aspen–Three of the victims in Saturday’s deadly plane crash near Silverton were employees of Alpine Bank. According to information provided by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and company officials, all four occupants of the plane were on their way from Durango to Aspen for an Alpine Bank Christmas party. The victims were identified as 26 year old Jenna Rich, 24 year old Tyler Black, 59 year old Steve Osborne and his 50 year old wife Jan. The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

Denver–After 11 hours of testimony, a decision on public disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing has been postponed. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission decided to put off it’s decision until next week.

Glenwood Springs–The Garfield County Board of Commissioners verified that three medical marijuana grow operations were officially in business before the county’s one year moratorium went into effect.

Aspen–The ex-wife of actor Charlie Sheen will be allowed to go home to California to care for her kids after her arrest on drug and assault charges in Aspen. Brooke Mueller bonded out of jail over the weekend and is due back in court December 19th. She was arrested last Saturday night for cocaine possession and for allegedly assaulting a woman at the Belly Up in Aspen.

In other news…

DENVER (AP) – Foreclosures in Colorado are down steeply as 2011
nears an end. The state Division of Housing says that foreclosures
are down 28 percent. Year-to-date through November, the greatest
declines in foreclosure filings were in Mesa County, where filings
fell by more than 35 percent. Foreclosure filings were down more
than 32 percent in Denver County. Pueblo County’s 12.5 percent
decline was the state’s smallest drop.

DENVER (AP) – A federal judge is considering whether to order
Denver police to stop enforcing laws in a way that Occupy Denver
protesters say violates their free speech. Judge Robert Blackburn
says he could decide as early as today whether to issue a temporary
restraining order against the city while the protesters’ First
Amendment lawsuit is decided in court.

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