• Garfield County’s 1041 Powers Considered for Gravel, Mining Regulations Glenwood Springs—Garfield County’s authority regarding land use decisions is being questioned, tested and possibly changed.  After a special one hour meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Board of Commissioners gave the community development department it’s marching orders to revise the county’s gravel and mining regulations applying the state-approved 1041 land use powers.  The elephant in the room ...
  • American Flight Crew Lost While Fighting Australian Wildfires SYDNEY (AP) – Investigators say the tanker plane that crashed and killed its three American crew members as they fought wildfires in Australia had just dropped liquid to suppress the flames. The crew members from Montana, Arizona and Florida were identified by their Canadian employer. The deaths came during an unprecedented wildfire season that has ...
  • Privacy for Medical Marijuana Patients is at Risk SEATTLE (AP) – An internet privacy firm says it was able to access personal information of more than 30,000 medical marijuana patients, recreational pot customers or dispensary employees in several states. The privacy firm was searching for unsecured data online and says the database has now been secured. The privacy firm, vpnMentor, said in a ...
  • A New Regional Firefighting Base in Colorado COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – The Colorado Springs Airport and U.S. Forest Service have announced plans to spend $17 million to build a regional firefighting base at the airport. The base will allow air tankers to load retardant to battle fires in five states and parts of 10 others. A joint statement by Colorado Springs and ...
  • Security Guard will not be Charged in STEM School Shooting (AP) – A special prosecutor said Friday that a security guard who accidentally injured two students during a shooting at a Colorado school last year will not be criminally charged. The prosecutor says the guard must complete community service. Last May, two teenagers brought firearms to the STEM School Highlands Ranch and opened fire, killing ...
  • Suspect in Deadly Accident Facing Felony Charges RIFLE—The young man who was behind the wheel in yesterday’s deadly accident in Rifle is now behind bars. 19 year old Chayton James Reynolds of Rifle is facing felony charges of vehicular homicide and careless driving resulting in death.  According to reports from the Rifle Police Department, Reynolds drove away for a short distance after ...
  • Silt Man Identified in Fatal Highway 6 Accident RIFLE—The man who was hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver Wednesday morning in Rifle was from the local area. According to Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire, 50 year old Robert Baumwoll’s last known address was in Silt. Glassmire pronounced Baumwoll dead at the scene of the accident where he was hit by a ...
  • 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 ...