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UPPER ROARING FORK RIVER AT FLOOD STAGE

Basalt—Conditions have stabilized along the upper Roaring Fork River since Tuesday’s heavy rainstorm but people living near the river are being warned to be careful as the heat wave continues to rapidly melt snow from the high country. The Roaring Fork reached flood stage earlier this week. The Pitkin County Emergency Management Team is keeping an eye on homes along the River Cove, River Oaks Lane, Swinging Bridge Lane and the Roaring Fork Mobile Home Park. Officials say people should stay at least 25 feet away from river banks.

CARDIFF GLEN HOA SQUABBLE CONTINUES

Glenwood Springs—The current owners of the Cardiff Glen Subdivision in South Glenwood Springs have tried to make residents happy but to no avail. Last night, co-owner Eric Fisher went before the Glenwood Springs City Council to express his frustration over several issues that includes a long-standing dispute over the construction of a roundhouse that was part of the original plans in the late 90’s. Fisher says they’ve met with the two homeowner’s associations seven times to discuss solutions such as building a community pool on Lot 95. However, he says residents have shot down any ideas that might raise monthly dues even the slightest.

UTAH MAN INVESTIGATED FOR GRAND JUNCTION TEEN’S DEATH

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – A former Salt Lake City man investigated in the drug-related death of an 18-year-old from Grand Junction has been sentenced to 32 years in prison in Colorado on drug charges. Thirty-year-old Eduardo De La Cruz, accused of running a methamphetamine and heroin ring in Mesa County, was sentenced Thursday in Grand Junction after reaching a plea deal. A prosecutor told the judge that charges are also pending against De La Cruz for a drive-by shooting on Feb. 14 in Kearns, Utah that wounded two men. Police have previously said they believe De La Cruz and another man were connected with the death of a Kelly Myers, whose body was found in a suitcase and dumped in western Colorado in February.

STATE LAWMAKERS GET ECONOMIC FORECAST

Denver—AP) – Colorado lawmakers are getting an update on the state’s economy that will provide a clearer picture of how much money they need to refund to taxpayers. The quarterly revenue forecast scheduled for release Friday morning helps lawmakers budget for future years and gives an overview of the state’s economic health. One area budget writers are playing close attention to is the size of refunds required under Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which calls for rebates when revenue exceeds the rate of population growth and inflation. Lawmakers are budgeting $70 million for refunds next year and $117 million for the following year.

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