NEWS

ELECTION DEADLINE

Glenwood Springs—Today is the last day to turn in your voter registration by mail, fax or e-mail if you want to a ballot delivered to your home.  Everyone that applies after today will be notified to show up in person to a voter service or polling center.  Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico says once you complete the lengthy, 11 x 17 ballot there are several convenient places where you can drop it off including the town halls in Carbondale, New Castle, Silt and Parachute as well as the courthouse in Glenwood Springs and the new county administration building in Rifle.

GARFIELD COUNTY QUESTIONS EMPLOYEE CELL PHONE USE

Glenwood Springs—Does every Garfield County employee need a cell phone?  Commissioner Tom Jankovsky is asking that question as the county looks to trim the budget for 2017.  The county is spending over 80 thousand dollars per year for employee cell phones.  Jankovsky is suggesting the county conduct an audit to see if costs can be reined in.  Commissioners hope to finalize the 2017 budget next month.  Due to a drop in sales tax revenues related to oil and gas production, the county is bracing for a 17 million dollar shortfall next year.

SUSPECTED MURDER AND KIDNAPPING SUSPECT CAUGHT IN GRAND JUNCTION

Grand Junction– -Grand Junction police say a man wanted in a murder in Utah led authorities on two dangerous chases and briefly kidnapped a woman after breaking into her home to change clothes and steal her car.  34 year-old James Main, Jr. was arrested Sunday afternoon in Grand Junction after a chase, about 24 hours after authorities first received word that he might be in the area. He is being held in connection with the death of 56-year-old man in Duschene (Doo’-shane) County, Utah.  Police are still trying to figure out what other crimes Main may have been involved in between the first chase Saturday and his capture. Several attempted carjackings were reported as police searched for him. A man involved in a hit-and-run crash also escaped after apparently stealing a bicycle.

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