Glenwood Springs–Free bus rides in Glenwood Springs are coming to an end. Beginning next year, the popular “Ride Glenwood” commuter service will charge a nominal fee. The Glenwood Springs City Council unanimously approved the fare as part a condition of accepting a 210 thousand dollar federals stimulus grant that will pay for implementing a fare system. Officials say the current economic conditions won’t allow the city to continue free bus service.

Rifle–A company that leases hydraulic fracturing fluid tanks has been fined over 10 thousand dollars by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. for nine violations. “Rain for Rent,” a California-based company with an office in Rifle was investigated by OSHA after an employee died last September of cancer. The man’s wife believes the fluids he cleaned out of the tanks for six years caused his cancer.

Denver–The campaign to legalize marijuana in Colorado is officially underway. Supporters of legalization need roughly 86 thousand valid signatures on a petition to get the question on the November ballot.

Rifle–Rain or shine, thousands of spectators are expected take in the 2011 air show today and tomorrow at the Rifle Airport. The event is free and includes stunt pilots, the U. S. Army Parachute Team and a Saturday afternoon concert by country artist Aaron Tippin.

In other news…

DENVER (AP) – State Sen. Rollie Heath says more than 65,000
signatures have been collected for a ballot proposal that would
increase taxes to raise more money for Colorado schools. The
Democratic lawmaker says the campaign is halfway toward its goal of
gathering 125,000 signatures on petitions. A total of 86,000
signatures from registered voters are needed by Aug. 1 to place the
measure on the November ballot. Heath’s proposal would raise about
$3 billion over five years for schools by increasing the state
income and sales taxes.

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) – Crews have recovered nearly 5,000
fossils from a site near Snowmass Village since excavation began
last year. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has completed its
largest-ever excavation at Ziegler Reservoir. The work was launched
after a bulldozer operator uncovered a bone. They uncovered bones
from 26 different Ice Age animals, including mastodons, giant
bison, a ground sloth, deer, horses, a camel, fish and birds.