GW CANYON ROAD REPAIRS EXTENSIVE
Glenwood Springs—It could be early spring before I-70 is completely repaired in Glenwood Canyon. The damage from Monday’s rockslides is extensive with huge holes in the highway and torn out guardrail. Geologists and engineers are assessing the stability of the mountainside before deciding to reopen one lane on the less damaged eastbound side. If it does reopen, a pilot car will lead waves of traffic intermittently through the canyon with up to one hour delays.
GARCO BOARD SENDS LETTER TO BLM ON ROAN / HUBBARD MESA PLANS
Glenwood Springs—The Garfield County Board of Commissioners made it clear to the Bureau of Land Management regarding future lease plans for the Roan Plateau. After a few revisions, commissioners approved a letter to the BLM endorsing alternative number 4 that allows two leases on top of the Roan to remain active. The board also encourages the BLM to delay any decision regarding restrictions or limited access to the popular Hubbard Mesa area near Rifle.
COLORADO CIGARETTE SALES UP
DENVER (AP) – Colorado health officials say cigarette purchases in 2015 increased for the first time in nearly a decade, while the number of adult tobacco users remains on the decline. 194 million packs of cigarettes were purchased in 2015, about 1 million more than 2014’s recorded total. Officials reported that the number of adult tobacco users fell to a rate of less than 16 percent of the state’s population.