News, February 18th

SILT OFFICIALS SAY DRINKING WATER IS FINE

Glenwood Springs—Officials with the town of Silt went before the Garfield County Board of Commissioners this morning and publicly stated that the town’s water is fit to drink. Mayor Pro-Tem Rick Aluise and Utilities Manager Jack Castle were responding to allegations from some citizens that the water is being contaminated by drilling activity.  Some claim to have gotten sick from drinking the water.  Aluise and Castle both say the water is tested regularly and is safe for consumption.

SPRING VALLEY MAN TO CHALLENGE JANKOVSKY IN COMMISSIONER’S DISTRICT 1 RACE

Glenwood Springs—Longtime Spring Valley resident and Garfield County Planning Commissioner Michael Sullivan has declared his candidacy for County Commissioner in District 1.  The Democrat is a self-described political progressive and avid conservationist.  He says one of his top goals if he defeats incumbent Republican Tom Jankovsky is to make the recently approved 20-year comprehensive plan a regulatory document not just an advisory one.  He accuses Jankovsky, Martin and Samson of “gutting” the plan he helped put together.  

MORE COLORADANS SEEKING HELP TO PAY HEATING BILLS

DENVER (AP) – More Coloradans are asking for help with their heating bills because of low temperatures this month.The Colorado Department of Human Services says nearly twice as many people applied for assistance from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program.The program provides help with utility bills through a one-time payment from November to April.There was a 42 percent increase during the week of Feb. 7, when temperatures dropped below zero. More than 4,000 people applied for LEAP assistance during that time period, compared with about 1,800 the week before.

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