Glenwood Springs–The second draft of the health impact assessment dealing
with oil and gas drilling in Battlement Mesa has been released. Public comment
on the H-I-A is being taken until the 28th of this month. The second draft
recommends safer industrial operations and reduced exposure to industrial
Snowmass–The body of 26 year old Brandon Zukoff was recovered yesterday
by Mountain Rescue Aspen. The Snowmass resident was killed in an avalanche
last week while skiing in an area outside the resort boundary.
Carbondale–Town trustees debated medical marijuana dispensary zoning
regulations last night. The board won’t take any action until the state
legislature settles the issue once and for all.
State Capitol–State Democrat leaders are moving forward with plans
to implement the new federal health care program in Colorado. Republican
leaders are digging their heels in hoping to join several other states
to form their own health care programs.
DENVER (AP) – Subpoenas have been issued as part of an
investigation into questions over the November election in Saguache
(suh-WAHCH’) County. Republicans have raised questions about the
election Nov. 2. That night, County Clerk and Recorder Melinda
Myers and County Commissioner Linda Joseph appeared to be losing
their re-election bids. Three days later, a retabulation organized
by Myers’ office overturned those results in favor of the two

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) – Vestas Blades America is suing the former
director of finance and information technology at its plant in
Windsor on accusations that she and her husband stole $1 million
from the company over the past three years. Vestas alleges Denna
Randall and her husband Joshua Martinez of Eaton diverted company
funds for private use and bought personal goods with a company
credit card.

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) – The Army is officially opening a new
outdoor training center at Fort Carson today to focus on
“combatives,” the technique of subduing an enemy in hand-to-hand
combat without firearms. The Combatives Training Facility has a
50-by-50-foot roof with lights so soldiers can train in bad weather
and in limited light. It also has a 32-foot-by-32-foot training
area that has been rubberized to lessen the risk of injury.