ACCESS CONTROL PLAN, THOMPSON DIVIDE ON GW COUNCIL AGENDA
Glenwood Springs—The public hearing on the controversial Access Control Plan will continue tonight at Glenwood Springs City Hall. The council has set aside about a half hour to take more comments from concerned citizens regarding the transportation plan that will impact Grand Avenue and Highway 82. The council will also consider joining an appeal of the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to suspend the oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide. Last month, the council sent a letter to the BLM recommending the leases be allowed to expire.
BEBB-JONES AVOIDS LIFE SENTENCE FOR MURDERING HIS WIFE
Glenwood Springs—For murdering his wife almost 16 years ago in Garfield County, Marcus Bebb-Jones was sentenced to 20 years in prison with credit for time served. The former Grand Junction hotel owner who became a professional gambler in his native England pled guilty in February to second degree murder in the heat of passion for killing Sabrina Bebb-Jones in 1997 in a remote area of Garfield County. She was listed as missing until her skull was found by a rancher seven years later on Douglas Pass. Before his sentence was handed down in Garfield County District Court, Marcus said he didn’t mean to kill Sabrina but admitted his actions were wrong. Bebb-Jones was extradited from England in 2009 and has been in the Garfield County jail since then awaiting trial and sentencing. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario is glad it’s all over but says the sentence was too light. In a written statement, Vallario says Marcus Bebb-Jones should never walk the earth as a free man. The Sheriff says, Bebb-Jones’ plea agreement allowed him to skate around spending the rest of his life in prison.
PARACHUTE CREEK POLLUTION WILL LEAD TO HEAVY FINES
Parachute—The Williams Companies is expecting heavy fines from the state for polluting Parachute Creek. The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based oil and gas company received a warning from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission about possible penalties for the spill that has contaminated Parachute Creek with toxic hydrocarbons including benzene. The chemicals were discovered in groundwater on March 13th. The investigation and cleanup effort has been going on since then. The C-O-G-C-C says fines will imposed if the spill is considered a hazardous waste disposal without a permit.
POT MAGAZINES IN COLORADO MAY HAVE TO GO BEHIND THE COUNTER
DENVER (AP) – Marijuana magazines are under scrutiny in Colorado, where lawmakers might require stores to put them behind the counter. The unusual provision to treat pot magazines like pornography faces a hurdle in the Senate today. It was added to a marijuana regulation measure last week when the House debated it. High Times magazine says the provision would make Colorado the only state to treat pot magazines like porn.