New Castle—This Sunday, family and friends will gather to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of former longtime New Castle Mayor Frank Brelin at one of his favorite hangouts…Burning Mountain Park. Breslin died in his home this past Monday of natural causes at the age of 63. The dedicated family man, passionate musician and political activist lived in New Castle for over 40 years so a large crowd is expected. The memorial and potluck begins at 1 o’clock. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish and a memory to share about Frank Breslin.


Rifle—The city of Rifle is looking for a new police chief. During Wednesday’s work session, Chief John Dyer informed the city council and staff members he accepted a position with the police department in Lake Stevens, Washington, his home state. City Manager Matt Sturgeon says Dyer and his wife expressed a strong desire to be closer to family members, including grandchildren. Chief Dyer was hired four years ago to replace longtime Chief Daryl Meisner who retired. Dyer’s will officially step down at the end of the month.


Reno, NV—A big court decision on the Greater Sage Grouse is expected soon by a federal judge in Nevada. The decision is on a lawsuit filed almost a year ago in an effort to block protections of the bird across most of the West. Nevada’s attorney general and others are challenging land use planning amendments and a temporary freeze on new mining claims that the government adopted to guide future management of lands with sage grouse habitat. Both sides are arguing over whether Judge Miranda Du has the authority to strike down the policies. Opponents say she does and that the policies are adversely affecting mining and oil and gas exploration as well as ranching and county government planning. Garfield County has been at the forefront of the battle against listing the Greater Sage Grouse as endangered saying it would lead to massive losses in revenue and jobs.