News, February 12th

GARCO THREATENS TO SUE STATE

Glenwood Springs—If Garfield County ends up taking the state of Colorado to court over the health insurance zone dispute, County Attorney Frank Huftless believes he has a strong case.  County Commissioners say the exorbitant resort region rates set up by the State Division of Insurance are discriminatory. 

GARCO / MESA CO WATER PIPELINE MOVING FORWARD

Grand Junction—Phase two of a water pipeline project that straddles both Garfield and Mesa Counties is one step closer to reality.  Mesa County Commissioners approved a construction permit for the Kobe Pipeline that would carry water from the Colorado River to a proposed reservoir in Garfield County.  The pipeline will begin west of De Beque and continue for three miles for the oil and gas industry.

AVALANCHE DANGER HIGH

DENVER (AP) – Avalanche experts continue to warn against venturing into much of Colorado’s backcountry because of the heavy top load of new snow. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says conditions are very dangerous in areas including the Front Range and Summit County mountains, the Aspen area and the San Juans. An advisory recommending against travel in or below avalanche terrain is in effect until Wednesday evening. With up to 6 feet of new snow in some remote mountain areas, crews are triggering avalanches above some highways to prevent natural slides.
Six people have been killed in avalanches in the West since Sunday.  They include a Highlands Ranch man swept away by a slide outside Keystone Ski Resort and a snowmobiler buried in a slide near Kebler (KEHB’-lur) Pass, both on Monday.

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