Rifle–Garfield County’s economy is showing signs of steady growth in oil and gas, real estate, banking and small business. A number of local leaders expressed a sense of optimism during yesterday’s annual State of the Community luncheon put on by the Rifle Area
Chamber of Commerce.
Aspen–A Carbondale man suffered severe injuries earlier this week in a two-car crash near Aspen. 68 year old Doug Mullen is in critical condition at Saint Mary’s hospital in Grand Junction.
State Capitol–Medical weed regulations are still being tweaked in Colorado. Despite protests from patients, doctors and law
enforcement officials, a house committee agreed to make some adjustments to how pot is grown and sold in the state.
Peach Valley–Officials with Antero Resources assured concerned citizens last night at Coal Ridge High School that they have no
plans to increase drilling activity on Silt Mesa. However, the company is keeping the door open to future 10-acre downhole spacing.
MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) – A judge must decide whether there’s
enough evidence to try a former western Colorado prosecutor accused
of coercing sexual favors from female employees.
A preliminary hearing was being held for Myrl Serra Friday in
Montrose to review the case.
Two women who say Serra targeted them may have to testify during
the proceedings after a judge declined to quash subpoenas served on
Serra is charged with unlawful sexual contact, indecent
exposure, extortion and official misconduct. He has denied the
charges, as well as allegations that he harassed a witness in the
Serra’s attorney subpoenaed one woman for her phone records, and
he wants the other woman to testify about what she did after
another alleged victim came to her with allegations against Serra.

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) – Copper Mountain Resort says it
plans to build a new chairlift this summer to replace one that’s
more than 30 years old.
The High Point double chair at the base of Union Creek has
served Copper Mountain since 1976.
Copper plans to replace it with a lift that can transport up to
2,400 people per hour. The ride time from Union Creek to
mid-mountain will be about five minutes, which is a fraction of the
time the ride takes now.