Glenwood Springs–Garfield County Commissioners are demanding to be heard before the federal government imposes rules to protect the Greater Sage Grouse. The board unanimously passed a resoultion asking to be coordinating agency in the process rather than a cooperating or participating agency with the Bureau of Land Management. Commissioners say added protections for the bird would adversely affect energy development and back country access.

Grand Junction–Energy companies are leaving Western Colorado and heading to more profitable states like North Dakota and Texas according to researchers. A recent report indicates companies are moving drilling rigs because of rising oil prices.

BELLVUE, Colo. (AP) – A cigarette thrown from a vehicle is suspected of starting a 2,000-acre wildfire near Craig. Some residents were evacuated but allowed to return home last night after the fire was contained. Meantime, the commander of a 100-square-mile fire west of Fort Collins says firefighters will take a more aggressive approach before temperatures rise again on Friday.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – Michelle Obama is stumping for her husband in two Colorado towns today. The president’s wife addressed about 2,800 supporters at Arapahoe High School in Centennial. She thanked supporters and urged then to keep working for re-elect her husband. The first lady is also visiting Pueblo.

DENVER (AP) – Real estate records are showing signs of a new wave of foreclosures looming in Colorado. The Denver Post reports the ability to foreclose on overdue mortgages has more than doubled in the first five months of the year in the seven-county Denver metro area.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – The Western Slope is losing drilling rigs to North Dakota and Texas because of rising oil prices. Researchers say at the peak of the natural gas boom, the majority of the nation’s rigs were drilling natural gas. But the ratio has nearly reversed as oil prices recover from the recession.