Glenwood Springs–With last night’s unanimous vote, the Glenwood Springs City Council overturned a planning and zoning denial of a larger sign for the new Ross store coming the mall. The Ross store is expected to open early next year.

Glenwood Springs–A 17 year old C-M-C student is facing criminal charges in the death of a fellow student last month. The teen was behind the wheel of a car that crashed October 20th near the Spring Valley campus. He could be charged with vehicular homicide.

Silt–The cause of death of a Silt electrician last month is still a mystery. The body of 57 year old John Beck was found partially submerged in water in a ditch. Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy and toxicology reports.

Aspen–Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder Janice Vos Caudill says she will grant former Aspen mayoral candidate Marilyn Marks’ request to inspect 100 anonymous voted ballots under the Colorado Open Records Act.

Snowmass–Snowmass ski resort will open for the season tomorrow morning at 9. Over 160 acres of terrain will be open including the Big Burn.

In other news…

DENVER (AP) – A Colorado Republican’s proposal for promoting oil
shale research is getting a hearing. Rep. Doug Lamborn’s proposal was on the agenda for a hearing of the House subcommittee on energy and mineral resources Friday morning. He wants the Interior Department to offer more parcels of federal land that companies could lease to conduct research on oil
shale development. Companies are already drilling shale formations to extract
liquid oil. But they’re still researching how to economically
produce oil from oil shale, which contains a substance called
kerogen that must be heated at high temperatures in an oxygen-free
environment before it can release oil.

DENVER (AP) – A Denver District judge ruled that Colorado
Secretary of State Scott Gessler overstepped his authority by
raising the financial disclosure threshold for political groups
from $200 to $5,000. Judge A. Bruce Jones said Thursday that Gessler “went beyond his authority” in changing the $200 limit that voters put in the
Colorado Constitution in 2002. Gessler says he will appeal. He argues that his aim is to bring state campaign-finance laws in line with a recent federal appeals
court ruling. He says the Jones’ decision will add concussion to a
complex process. Colorado Comon Cause and Ethics Watch sued Gessler after he made the change in May. They argued that raising the threshold would
make it easier for political groups to avoid disclosing financial
interests for ballot initiatives.

DENVER (AP) – More than 100 foster children in Colorado are
being adopted into permanent homes. Adoption ceremonies are being held around the state on Friday to coincide with National Adoption Day.
In Denver, the adoptions of 51 children are being formalized.
Six children will be adopted in Grand Junction.
Some counties held ceremonies Thursday and others plan to hold
theirs on Saturday.