Glenwood Springs–The search continues for a new manager for Garfield County. Commissioners yesterday, directed the staff to begin the second round of searches for a new manager. During the first go around, California-based executive headhunting firm, Peckham and McKenney came up with 8 strong candidates but none were considered the right fit. County Attorney Andrew Gorgey will continue on as the interim county manager for the next several months.

Glenwood Springs–Garfield County Environmental Health Director Jim Rada is leaving. After 7 years on the job, Rada is taking a similar position in Jefferson County overseeing a larger department. Rada is credited with implementing several effective air and water monitoring programs in Garifle County.

DENVER (AP) – A federal judge is hearing arguments in a lawsuit
by environmentalists challenging the federal government’s plans for
natural gas development on Colorado’s Roan Plateau.
The court room in Denver was full for Tuesday’s hearing before
Judge Marcia Krieger. Environmentalists maintain the Bureau of Land Management didn’t adequately assess the environmental impact of drilling before approving a plan in 2007 to drill up to 1,570 wells on the plateau.
Krieger wants lawyers to address the BLM’s decision not to
consider an alternative to drill at the base of plateau and instead
of the top, and why the BLM says it couldn’t measure potential air
pollution outside the planning area, but could do so within the
planning area.

DENVER (AP) – Immigrant advocates in Colorado want public
support for allowing illegal immigrants to seek licenses to drive.
The activists say they will seek a ballot measure to change a
law that requires proof of legal residency to be issued a Colorado
driver’s license. They say illegal immigrants are driving anyway,
and that the public would be safer if those drivers could seek
licenses and auto insurance. Critics say granting driving privileges to illegal immigrants creates an incentive to violate immigration laws.
New Mexico and Washington are the only states that allow illegal
immigrants to obtain the same driver’s license as a U.S. citizen.
Utah grants immigrants a driving permit that can’t be used for
identification, unlike a driver’s license that helps people open
bank accounts or board a commercial airliner.

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) – Authorities are still trying to
determine the identity of a man found dead near a Breckenridge
resort. Deputies responded Saturday to a report of a body found in the
woods at the Burro trailhead near Beaver Run Resort.
The Summit County coroner’s office says the man died of blunt
force trauma. An autopsy was performed Monday, but the man’s
identity is still unknown. Sheriff’s officials are investigating the death as a homicide, but they haven’t released many details about the case.
The victim appeared to be camping out on U.S. Forest Service

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