News, September 19th

SOUTH BRIDGE PROJECT NIXED

Glenwood Springs—The South Bridge Project in Glenwood Springs has gone south for the time being.  The plans to build the additional access route to Highway 82 from Four Mile Road and Glenwood Park didn’t make the final cut with the state’s “RAMP” program. (Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships)  The city of Glenwood Springs partnered with Garfield County by committing almost four million dollars to help pay for further studies of the South Bridge Project.  The hope was the state would pay for the remaining 35 dollars.

COUPLE SOUGHT FOR NEW CASTLE HOME BURGLARY

New Castle—New Castle Police are looking for a couple of burglars who broke into a house and made off with a lot of merchandise including three rifles and ammunition. According to police reports, the burglary took place this past Tuesday at 545 Honeysuckle Drive.  Video surveillance shows a man and a woman driving off in a white, mid-90’s Toyota Corolla with a very loud exhaust system.   In addition to the rifle and ammo, the couple supposedly stole a 50-inch Samsung flat screen television and a Gateway laptop computer.   Crimestoppers of Garfield County is offering a reward of up to one thousand dollars for information leading to an arrest.  Call 945-0101 or go on line to garcocrimestoppers.com to leave anonymous tips. 

PARACHUTE CREEK LEAK/COMPANY CITED

Parachute—One of the companies responsible for the gas leak into Parachute Creek has been cited by the state.  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment found Bargath LLC in violation for releasing toxic materials into the environment.  Investigators determined a pressure gauge on a pipeline leading from a gas processing plant owned by Bargath leaked and sent small amounts of benzene into Parachute Creek. The creek has been monitored since the leak was discovered last winter.  No benzene has been detected in the creek since last month.

VICE PRESIDENT TO TOUR FLOODED AREAS

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Colorado on Monday to view the damage from recent flooding.  White House spokesman Jay Carney says Biden and his wife, Jill, will also survey the recovery efforts under way.
The White House is not yet releasing any additional details about the timing or location of the visit. A long recovery process has started in Colorado following devastating, dayslong flooding. The number of those missing has dwindled from a high of 1,200 to about 200 as search teams and rescuers continue to reach stranded victims. State officials say six people have died in the floods, and two missing women are presumed dead. The number is expected to increase.

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