NEWS

GLENWOOD SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL

Glenwood Springs—The Glenwood Springs city council will discuss a sales and use tax revenue bond allowing the city to borrow over 3 million dollars for street maintenance and construction at tonight’s meeting. The council is expected to approve the ordinance.  The council will also vote on fixing and certifying the 2015 mill levy for the city’s general improvement district.  The Glenwood Springs Police Department is also considering adding a few officers to the force in light of possible budget cuts for next year.  Tonight’s council meeting begins at 6.

RIFLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HONORED WITH PROCLAMATION

Rifle—The Rifle Police Department Citizen Advisory Board presented Chief John Dyer with a special proclamation.  The proclamation expressed the community’s appreciation for the work and dedication of the police department in view of recent violent events involving law enforcement officers and citizens both in the United States and abroad.

OFF ROAD VEHICLES TO BE BANNED IN SOUTHERN COLORADO FORESTS

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to consider closing 500 miles of roads for motorized vehicles in the Pike-San Isabel National Forest under a settlement with environmental groups. The settlement requires forest officials to also consult with state wildlife experts to determine whether changes must be made to protect deer and elk.

IN OTHER NEWS…

GRAND JUNCTION. (AP) — Two men have been indicted on federal charges after authorities found nearly a full ton of marijuana at a property near Cedaredge. Luis Adolfo Garcia and Luis Rios-Cortes face two counts stemming from a DEA raid last Friday that uncovered 1,860 pounds of harvested and drying marijuana.

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) — Officials in Colorado Springs have voted to close the entire coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant by 2035. Yesterday’s 6-3 vote is a change for the Colorado Springs Utilities Board, which has long defended the coal plant.

DENVER (AP) — Union Pacific plans to close a repair facility in Denver and shift more than 200 jobs elsewhere because of the sharp decline in coal demand. The railroad told workers at its Burnham Shop repair yard this week that the facility will close on Feb. 14.

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