Glenwood Springs–Garfield County Commissioners say the Bureau of Land Management should scrap the Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Colorado River Valley and start over from scratch. Commissioners signed a letter expressing the county’s displeasure with the plan that they say will hinder economic growth.

Glenwood Springs–Garfield County water experts say progress is slowly being made to finalize the Colorado River Cooperative agreement between the front range and the western slope.

Williston, ND–The two Garfield County men suspected of kidnapping and killing a high school math teacher from Montana want an extradition hearing that could delay the process of criminal charges being filed.

Rocky Mountain National Park–Rocky Mountain National Park was a popular place for visitors this past year. Officials at the park say more than 3.3 million people paid a visit, which is the third best year on record.

In other news…

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – An Aspen judge has issued an arrest warrant
for a homeless man whose relocation to North Dakota sparked an
outcry. The judge issued a bench warrant for Jimmy Baldwin on Tuesday after he missed his arraignment hearing on misdemeanor charges of menacing,
marijuana possession and disorderly conduct. Baldwin said last
month he planned to return to Aspen. Baldwin was given a one-way ticket to Williston, N.D., where he thought he could find a job. The move grabbed headlines in North Dakota and angered many residents and officials. Housing is scarce in Williston because of an oil boom and the few shelters are full.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – The National Weather Service is
warning residents of northwest Colorado they can expect heavy snow
over the next few days. The weather service said Wednesday blowing and drifting snow will increase over the region by nightfall and continue into
Friday. Forecasters say moisture from the West Coast is moving into the
area and could extend to the Continental Divide.
Gusts as high as 120 mph were predicted above 10,000 feet in the
foothills west of Golden, Boulder and Fort Collins. Forecasters
warned the high winds could lead to power outages and downed trees
but also could topple high-profile or lightweight vehicles.
West of Denver, Echo Mountain’s ski lifts were on hold Wednesday
morning after the ski area reported gusts of 70 mph.

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