Glenwood Springs—Plans to do exploratory drilling in a popular recreation area near the Thompson Divide drew several protestors yesterday.  About 40 concerned citizens staged a peaceful demonstration with signs showing solidarity for preserving the divide and protecting it’s natural resources.  Houston-based SG Interests owns valid leases to drill in the meadow that people use for biking, hiking as well as cattle grazing.  White River National Forest Service Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams talked about the issues and concerns with the crowd.  He says the forest service will continue to work with SG Interests to assess potential impacts a well could have on the area. 


Rifle—Tonight the gavel will sound for the last time for three Rifle City Council members.  It’s the final meeting for Jay Miller, Rich Carter and Jonathan Rice who have all chosen to step aside.  Rice, a longtime educator and football coach, is calling it quits after serving three, four year terms.  Carter is wrapping up his one and only term on the council and Miller, the former mayor and current Mayor Pro-Tem, is ending his second, four year term.  Miller says, “eight is enough” for him.  The three will be recognized during tonight’s meeting by Mayor Randy Winkler.  When the council reconvenes for it’s next meeting September 16th, at least four and possibly five new members will be sworn in.  Rifle voters will decide on election day, next Tuesday who the new council members will be.  The candidates are; Aaron Flesch, Annick Pruett, Dana Wood, Ed Green, Theresa Hamilton, Brent Buss and the lone incumbent, Joe Elliot.