News, January 24th

VALLARIO OPPOSES FEDERAL GUN CONTROL

Glenwood Springs–Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario expressed his unwavering support for the Second Amendment and staunch opposition to gun control laws. In response to numerous questions about the hot topic, Vallario issued a written response saying the founding fathers and authors of the Constitution got it right the first time when they said “the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Vallario says regardless of his personal feelings, as a law enforcement professional he would enforce whatever laws are passed. Vallario’s opinion on Second Amendment rights were echoed by other Sheriffs around the state including Grayson Robinson of Arapahoe County and Justin Smith of Larimer County.

CMC BOARD TO INTERVIEW INTERIM PRESIDENT CANDIDATES MONDAY

Glenwood Springs–Three candidates will be interviewed next Monday to be the interim president of Colorado Mountain College. Two retired community college presidents with PHD’s will be considered for the job along with a former executive vice president for CMC.

DRILLING BUFFER ZONE DECISION DELAYED

Denver–The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission was supposed to finalize new regulations today dealing with setback distances for drilling rigs. The commission decided to put it off for a while to allow for more public comment. Environmental groups are pushing for a minimum setback of 1,000 feet while the C-O-G-C-C is proposing half that distance from buildings.

WESTERN SLOPE ROCKED BY SMALL QUAKE

Grand Junction–A 3.9 magnitude earthquake rattled kitchen cupboards along the Western Slope and eastern Utah last night. According to University of Utah Seismologist Jim Pechmann, the quake hit at 9:46 last night and was centered between Grand Junction and Moab. There were no reports of damages or injuries. Records show a 4.1 quake hit the same area in 2004 and one measuring 4.4 shook the region in 2000.

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