NEWS

LOCAL BIKE THIEF PUT OUT OF BUSINESS

Aspen—If your expensive mountain bike was stolen in the last couple of years, there’s a chance it was swiped and sold on eBay by a Glenwood Springs man.  According to reports from the Aspen Police Department, 31 year old Jose Sanchez is now behind bars for stealing pricey, name brand mountain bikes and selling them on line.  Investigators say over the past 18 months, more than two dozen mountain bikes have been stolen in the Aspen area including three in September and October that were linked to Sanchez.  One bike that was recently stolen in front of a Main Street restaurant was discovered on Sanchez’ eBay account.  Police are now looking into Sanchez’ on line sales history to see if he’s tied to the previous mountain bike thefts.

PREDATOR CONTROL PLAN FOR ARKANSAS RIVER AND PICEANCE BASINS

Grand Junction—Mountain lions and bears may have to be killed in the Piceance and Arkansas River Basins to help boost the shrinking deer populations in both areas.  According to reports from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the plan being discussed would euthanize up to 15 more mountain lions and 25 more bears per year starting this winter in the river basin.  The predator control experiment would then move to the Piceance next spring.  Conservationists, hunting organizations and state biologists claim oil and gas drilling is having a major impact on deer populations among other things.  Parks and Wildlife officials have yet to discuss the BLM plan to allow up to 15 thousand new wells in the Piceance.  Wildlife commissioners expect to make a final decision on the mountain lion and bear euthanization by December 15th.

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