Silt–The Garfield County Board of Commissioners agreed to give the town of Silt 1 million dollars for infrastructure improvements. Town officials asked for 4 million dollars but they say the money will help spruce up the area in hopes of attracting more commercial businesses. The money will come from the oil and gas mitigation fund.

Glenwood Springs–Garfield County Commissioners officially gave the thumbs up to a Sacramento, California based firm to help find suitable candidates for a new county manager. They hope to have the position filled by the first of April.

Denver–Unemployment was up slightly from November to December in Colorado. State labor officials say part of the blame lies with the late start to the ski season for many resorts due to a lack of snow. December’s jobless rate was 7.9 percent.

Denver–Avalanche danger is high in the northern mountains. Officials at the Colorado Avalanche information center say anyone venturing into the backcountry can easily trigger a slide. Already three people have died in avalanches in Colorado this winter. C-DOT crews closed both directions of I-70 earlier this morning for an hour to do avalanche control work on Vail Pass.

In other news….

DENVER (AP) – If there’s one thing Colorado’s sharply divided
Legislature agrees on, it’s the importance of jobs.
But Democrats and Republicans are now past the speech-making
phase of the session, and their differences on how best to go about
improving the economy will come to the fore.
An early look at how far apart the parties are on job creation
comes up Tuesday, when a House committee considers a proposal to
give universities more money for technology grants.
The House Democratic Leader sponsored the technology grant bill.
But the committee hearing the proposal is ruled by Republicans, who
have questioned the $5 million estimated price tag for the
technology grants. Some Republicans have said the better approach
to boosting the economy is cutting regulation on businesses.

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) – Artists from 11 countries are
competing in Breckenridge to see who can build the best snow
sculptures. During the competition that begins Tuesday, each team creates an enormous work of art from 12-foot-tall, 20-ton blocks of
machine-made snow. Artists have 65 hours to complete their sculptures without the use of power tools, internal support or dyes.