Glenwood Springs–City leaders from Glenwood Springs to Rifle voted last night to consider a consultant’s recommendation to form a fire authority in an effort to improve emergency services and cooperation.

Silt–The B-L-M will be doing prescribed burns today to improve vegetation and wildfire safety. The burns will be taking place south of Silt and on the Roan Plateau.

Carbondale–Two immigrant advocacy groups are co-hosting a special community forum tonight in Carbondale. The groups want to discuss the school resource officer program and it’s collaboration with federal immigration authorities in the Roaring Fork School District. The two hour forum at The Orchard Church begins at 6:30.

Denver–Less money is going to be available this winter to help Coloradans pay their heating bills. Officials with the Low Income Energy Assistance Program expect the demand for assistance to reach an all-time high but thousands fewer will actually get help.

DENVER (AP) – County clerks say hundreds of ballots for this
year’s county and state election are being returned because they
cannot be delivered. Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton says about 1,000 ballots out of more than 24,000 have been returned.
Routt County elections deputy Vicki Weber says nearly 680 of
more than 11,700 ballots have been sent back by the U.S. Postal
Service Most are being returned because voters have moved and not
changed their addresses. Under Colorado law, local clerks are responsible for elections.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Garfield County officials are
considering a proposal to use a coal seam fire to convert heat into
Geologist Lindsey Maness Jr. of In-Situ Coal Energy Corp. wants
to set up a pilot project to determine if the plan is feasible.
Garfield County Planning Director Fred Jarman tells the Glenwood
Springs Post Independent ( ) an electric plant
could speed up the burning of the coal underground in the South
Canyon and extinguish it more quickly. In 2002, high winds whipped up sparks from the coal seam that erupted into the Coal Seam Fire, which burned 30 homes in Glenwood Springs.