Glenwood Springs–Garfield County officials are hoping for a 50 percent turnout in today’s mail-in ballot election. Voters in all three school districts are being asked to approve mill levy overrides to make up for budget cuts in state education funding.

Silt–The body of a Silt man was found lying in a ditch two days ago by three boys walking by. Police do not suspect foul play but are waiting for a coroner’s report to determine the cause of death of 57 year old Jon Beck.

Garfield County–Two 24 year old oil rig workers were killed in an accident early Monday morning. State troopers say the truck the young men were in went over a 1,000 foot embankment.

Carbondale–The long-awaited Village at Crystal River retail establishment in Carbondale may finally receive approval tonight from the Board of Trustees. The project calls for 125 thousand square feet of retail space, including a new City Market store. Tonight’s meeting begins at 6.

In other news….

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – A 64-year-old Aspen man has pleaded guilty
in federal court to a reduced charge for his role in a Los
Angeles-to-Aspen cocaine-trafficking ring.
Joseph Burke pleaded guilty to using a phone for the
distribution and possession of cocaine. The charge is a felony
punishable by up to four years in prison. Burke is the first to admit guilt in the case. Authorities originally accused 10 suspects of distributing more
than five kilograms of cocaine in the Aspen area over the past

EAGLE, Colo. (AP) – The Eagle County Board of Commissioners is
considering incentives for airlines that offer new air service to
the regional airport. The commissioners on Tuesday will consider waiving landing fees and providing more than $100,000 in incentives next year.
Target markets include Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Toronto
and Washington D.C.

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) – Christmas may be nearly two months
away, but the federal Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest
Service are already offering Christmas tree permits.
The permits are valid at the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office and
the San Carlos Ranger District . The cost for a permit is $10 per tree with a limit of two trees per household. Available trees include Douglas-Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Lodgepole Pine, Piñon Pine, White Fir, Spruce and Rocky Mountain Juniper.