News, October 8th

Rifle–The Highway 13 Fire north of Rifle has burned about a thousand acres since last Wednesday. Firefighting crews decided to let it burn on the east side of the Hogback due to the remote location and the difficulty accessing the area. Authorities are certain the fire was human caused.

Glenwood Springs–Garfield County has agreed to purchase the old Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce building at 11th and Grand Avenue for 210 thousand dollars. County Commission Chairman John Martin plans to hold a meeting this Saturday with city officials and residents to quell any rumors about leveling the property and Axtell Park to build a parking lot. The county is considering leasing the building back to the city.

Glenwood Springs–Foreclosures in Garfield County are declining. According to reports from the treasurer’s office, there were 140 foreclosures in the third quarter. For the same period a year ago, (July-September), 200 homes were foreclosed upon by the banks.

WESTMINSTER (AP) – Colorado authorities are searching for a 10-year-old girl whose backpack was found miles from her Westminster home after she went missing Friday. Meanwhile, police in nearby Arvada today are investigating whether the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway is related to two child enticement cases. Authorities there didn’t find a suspect in the cases from Sept. 9 and Sept. 12 involving a man who tried to lure two boys, around the same age as Jessica, into a car.

McLEAN, Va. (AP) – Dish and Gannett say they have struck a deal in a fee dispute that had threatened to leave more than 2 million Dish subscribers in Denver and 18 other cities without access to local TV stations owned by Gannett. Englewood-based Dish Network had claimed that Gannett Co. was asking for a 300 percent increase in fees for the right to carry 22 Gannett stations.

BOULDER(AP) – Alcohol and drug arrests are on the rise at the University of Colorado, where police are citing increased enforcement. Arrests and citations for alcohol went from 710 in 2010 to nearly 770 in 2011. Drug arrests and summonses went up from more than 350 in 2010 to nearly 450 in 2011.

PUEBLO(AP) – Authorities are cutting back on the number of students in Pueblo City Schools getting citations for discipline issues. Police says police have been taking more responsibility for problem students and they want school authorities to take a bigger role.