C-DOT Successfully Removes Truck from the Colorado River

GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Work crews were able to completely remove the mangled semi and twin trailers that crashed into the Colorado River last Sunday near Canyon Creek.  Elise Thatcher with the Colorado Department of Transportation says it was a monumental effort but the job was finished last night and traffic along I-70 is back to normal.  Crews … Read more

State Health Officials Optimistic About Future COVID-19 Numbers

DENVER (AP) – Health officials in Colorado have projected that more than 4,000 lives could be saved in the state if residents continue following safety guidelines intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through the end of spring. Projections made public by the Colorado School of Public Health show the pandemic’s death toll could reach … Read more

URSA Makes Tax Payment to Garfield County

GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Garfield County’s tight budget got a much needed boost with a 5.8 million dollar tax payment from bankrupt oil and gas company URSA Resources. URSA was purchased by Terra Energy partners after a bankruptcy court judge approved the sale two months ago. County Attorney Tari Williams says as a result, “We (Garfield County) will … Read more

Federal Mineral Lease District Funds Dwindling

GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Garfield County municipalities will soon have to look elsewhere for grant money to pay for special projects and improvements. The county’s once robust Federal Mineral Lease District is watching severance tax revenues disappear. County Commissioner Mike Samson says in the fall and spring grant cycle, the FMLD typically has 3 to 4.5 million dollars … Read more

Garfield County COVID Numbers Trending in the Right Direction

GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Garfield County’s COVID-19 cases continue to drop.  County Public Health Specialist Mason Hohstadt says a month ago, the average was almost 70 cases per day. Last week’s 7-day rolling average was down to 29.6.  Hohstadt says it would’ve been lower if not for one unusual day.  “This week we had 55 cases reported to … Read more

Impressive Graduation Rates for Colorado’s Class of 2020

DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s graduation rate reached its highest level in a decade with the Class of 2020, despite school closures and disruptions caused by the pandemic. The Denver Post reports the Colorado Department of Education says 81.9% of high school seniors totaling 55,220 students graduated from public and charter schools last spring. The department … Read more

Gold King Mine Spill Settlement with Navajo Nation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice has settled with two mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that sent wastewater downstream from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado. Under the settlement with the Navajo Nation, Sunnyside Gold Corp. will pay the tribe $10 million. The state … Read more

New State Lawmakers Sworn in During Brief Session

DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s Democrat-led Legislature convened a three-day session to swear in new members and adjust several pandemic relief laws before adjourning until February because of coronavirus safety concerns. The 2021 session began Wednesday amid national warnings of possible protests at state capitols in the run-up to Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration on Jan. … Read more

Garfield County Sponsors Burn Area Mitigation Work

GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Property owners who were impacted last summer by the Grizzly Creek and Pine Gulch fires won’t have to worry about paying to repair and restore the massive burn scar left behind. The Garfield County Board of Commissioners recently agreed to sponsor the Burn Area Mitigation Work under the Emergency Watershed Protection Plan. The federal … Read more

Pitkin County Goes “Red” This Weekend

ASPEN—Pitkin County is going to level red on the COVID dial this weekend. County health officials say the tighter restrictions will apply to all sectors. Starting this Sunday, January 17th at one minute past midnight, indoor dining will be banned and the last call for alcohol will be at 8 o’clock. Ski areas will be … Read more