NEWS

HIGH SPEED CHASE THROUGH GARFIELD COUNTY

Glenwood Springs—A pair of carjackers led several law enforcement agencies on a high speed chase last night along I-70 that began in Mesa County and ended in Glenwood Springs.  According to reports from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the chase topped out at 110 miles an hour and despite two spike strips that flattened the front tires of the stolen car at Silt and West Glenwood, the man and woman in the car were unfazed and maintained speeds around 70 miles an hour.  The driver turned around at No Name and went west on I-70, then tried to go back the other way before being stopped by a roadblock at exit 116.  Authorities arrested 35 year old Eugene Owens of Rifle and 23 year old Lilah Capps of Wichita, Kansas. They are facing several felony charges both out of Mesa and Garfield Counties. In addition to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado State Patrol, the pursuit involved the police departments of Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Silt and New Castle.

MANAGEMENT OF COLORADO RIVER CRITICIZED

DENVER (AP) – Researchers say environmental protection for the Colorado River is disjointed and too often gets a low priority. A new critique from the Colorado River Research Group says four, multimillion-dollar conservation programs do valuable work but would have more impact if they treated the entire river as a single, integrated system instead of operating separately. The research group is an independent organization of academics with expertise in water, agriculture, law and other fields.  They also say the river is managed primarily as a “plumbing system” to provide water for cities and agriculture and not as an ecosystem. The Colorado supplies water to about 40 million people and over 6,000 square miles of farmland in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

COLORADO DEMS  ‘FEEL THE BERN’ ON SUPER TUESDAY

DENVER (AP) – Bernie Sanders’ big Colorado win over Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential caucuses underscored a sharp divide between party elites and the voters. Top donors and elected Democrats here almost universally backed Clinton – but the throngs packing precinct causes disagreed.Waving Sanders signs and sometimes homemade “Feel The Bern” posters, Democratic caucus-goers seemed unconcerned that party elites consider Sanders unpalatable to most voters.Sanders generated an impressive turnout among young adults at the precinct caucuses, especially in Denver and Boulder, where lines of voters surrounded some precincts more than an hour after caucusing began.

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