NEWS

GARCO PLANNERS DISCUSS GRAVEL PIT, SOLAR PROJECT

Glenwood Springs—Gravel and solar energy projects come before the Garfield County Planning Commission tonight. The commission will first tackle a land use change permit for the Powers Pit just east of Carbondale at Highway 82 and County Road 103. Pit operators are asking for changes in the hours of operation. According officials with CRC,LLC, C-DOT is asking that the hours be extended from 7 am to 7 pm, Monnday through Saturday to 7-days-a-week and possibly nighttime hours. Planners will then discuss a large solar energy project just south of I-70 in New Castle. The Clean Energy Collective is hoping to install the one-megawatt, seven-acre facility on the Peterson property near River Frontage Road.

WEATHER RADAR “BLIND SPOTS” IN SW COLORADO

Grand Junction—Several severe storms have caught parts of western Colorado by surprise because of so-called “blind spots” in the weather radar equipment. According to a researcher with the Colorado Water Conservation District, forecasters are forced to rely on radar installations in Grand Junction, Flagstaff, Arizona and Albuquerque, New Mexico. The problem is, none of those stations can detect dangerous, low-altitude conditions over hundreds of miles. Without warning, a number of nasty storms have hit southwestern Colorado. The National Weather Service says it relies on satellite images and weather watchers to make predictions.

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