Rifle–Colorado U. S. Senator Mark Udall is going to bat for four Western Slope counties that are still owed 17 million dollars for impacts from drilling on the Anvil Points Naval Oil Shale Reserve. The money is nearly 30 years overdue. Senator Udall is sponsoring a bill to settle the debt once and for all.

Craig/Grand Junction–A couple of western slope wildfires are keeping firefighting crews busy today. A 350 acre fire near Grand Junction is being allowed to burn and closely monitored while a smaller, more intense fire north of Craig has burned one building and is a threat to communication towers on Cedar Mountain.

Grand Junction–Two doctors who ran Urgent Care clinics in Grand Junction, Montrose and Delta have been indicted for several charges including health care fraud. Doctors Sam Jahani and Eric Peper are accused of overprescribing painkillers that killed four patients.

Colorado Springs–It’s safe to go camping now in Colorado. The three fugitives siblings who were last seen buying camping gear in Colorado Springs, are now in custody. The three were caught this morning after a brief car chase and a crash.

In other news…

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – A Colorado State University associate
professor says there’s no strings attached to a $2 million from the
Shell Oil Co. The grant is to study how to reclaim land after it
has been disturbed by oil and natural gas development. The
Coloradoan reports the money will pay for research by associate
professor Mark Paschke.

AURORA, Colo. (AP) – Colorado National Guardsman David Carter is
being remembered as an accomplished helicopter pilot, an expert
flight instructor and a reliable comrade. Carter was among 38
people killed when a U.S. helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.
Neighbors and fellow members of the Guard spoke yesterday about
Carter. Yolanda Levesque (la-VESK’) remembers Carter’s quick smile
and twinkling blue eyes. She called him a patriot and “a true
Christian man.” Colorado’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. H. Michael
Edwards, called Carter a go-to pilot.