• Former Aspen Skiing Company Executive Headed to Prison for Theft ASPEN—Former Aspen Skiing Company executive and city councilman Derek Johnson is going to prison for theft.  Johnson was sentenced yesterday in Pitkin County District Court to six years behind bars for stealing equipment and merchandise from SkiCo and reselling the gear on line.  The 52 year old Johnson and his 48 year old wife Kerri ...
  • Colorado Oil & Gas Company Pays Settlement DENVER—A major player in the oil and gas industry with rigs in the Piceance Basin has reached a financial settlement for allegedly violating air pollution laws. KP Kauffman Company of Denver has agreed with federal and state authorities to pay one million dollars in penalties and another two and a half million to improve pollution ...
  • Health Care Alliance Offers Solutions to High Costs Glenwood Springs—The solution to the skyrocketing cost of health care in Colorado may have been found by a Summit County-based non-profit organization.  Peak Health Alliance started out small over a year ago but has rapidly grown as more communities have jumped on the bandwagon.  With the highest health insurance premiums in the world, Garfield County ...
  • Rifle Trash & Recycling Costs Going Up Rifle—Rifle residents are going to pay a little more this year for trash pick up and recycling.  The city council approved a 4.5% price increase for the services of Mountain Waste and Recycling.  Doug Goldsmith with Mountain Waste says it’s expensive being green.  He says the costs to recycle continue to rise across the globe.  ...
  • Local Man Identified as Suspect and Victim in Officer Involved Shooting New Castle—The man shot and killed by New Castle Police last Saturday afternoon following a high speed chase on I-70 was from the local area. Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire says 43 year old Eric Reynolds of New Castle sustained several gunshot wounds but only one of them was fatal. According to reports from the ...
  • Officer Involved Shooting on Interstate 70 8:05 update: Westbound I-70 open between Canyon Creek and New Castle. 6:50 update: Highway 6 is open just east of New Castle. 6:45 update: Earthbound I-70 is open. Westbound I-70 remains closed from Canyon Creek (exit 109) to New Castle (exit 105). 5:00 PM update: Now highway 6 is closed just east of New Castle too. There is ...
  • New Cave Discovered Near Limestone Quarry Glenwood Springs—A new cave containing possible prehistoric artifacts was recently discovered north of Glenwood Springs that falls within the proposed footprint of the limestone quarry expansion. It’s been nicknamed “Witches Pantry” and the little known, hard-to-access cave might indeed be cursed if the expansion plans are given the go-ahead by the Bureau of Land Management. ...
  • Public Relations Campaign Aimed at Proposed Insurance Changes DENVER (AP) – Two affiliated organizations with ties to hospitals and insurance companies have launched a six-figure public relations ad blitz against the creation of a “public” health insurance option in Colorado. The campaign began in December, well ahead of a 2020 legislative session that’s expected to feature an intense battle over how and whether ...
  • Scammers Get Over a Million by Posing as Construction Company ERIE, Colo. (AP) – Officials in Colorado have reported the town of Erie fell victim to financial fraud after sending more than $1 million to scammers posing as the construction company that built a new bridge connecting town. The town administrator confirmed the incident Monday, saying someone filled out an electronic form asking for the ...
  • Numerous Vehicle Break-Ins Reported Following similar warnings from other law enforcement agencies, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents to be extra vigilant, following a number of vehicle break-ins over the last several weeks. Public Information Deputy, Walt Stowe, says while a majority of break-ins have occurred between Rifle and Parachute, residents from Basalt to Parachute have ...