Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Springs City Council unanimously agreed to continue discussions with “MEAN”, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska. Glenwood Springs city officials are interested in the energy pool to buy electricity for the next 30 years.

Glenwood Springs–Sunlight Mountain Resort welcomed enthusiastic crowds to the slopes for opening day. Sunlight has a combination of natural and man-made snow with plans to continue cranking the snowguns near the bottom of the hill.

Carbondale–The Forest Service has closed the Avalanche Creek Area to motorized vehicles south of County Road 310 and all people and dogs on the north side of the road. The closures are to protect the winter range habitat for bighorn sheep.

In other news…
DENVER (AP) – Taxpayers have coughed up more than $11 million in
back tax payments as a result of a tax amnesty. The Colorado
Department of Revenue said today it expects to approve an
additional $3 million by the time if finishes processing payments
in January. Under the department’s program approved by the
legislature, most delinquent taxpayers were allowed to avoid
penalties and pay half the interest on past due taxes by Nov. 15.

AURORA, Colo. (AP) – Investigators are trying to determine the
cause of a fire that heavily damaged a Jehovah’s Witness church in
Aurora. Fire department spokeswoman Cindy Andersen says the fire
that started early today took 16 firefighters about 20 minutes to
bring under control. The Denver Post reports bitterly cold
temperatures hovering around 12 degrees made it difficult to fight
the blaze.

DENVER (AP) – Federal officials say initial water quality tests
show levels of toxic chemicals are declining after a gasoline-like
substance was detected seeping from a Denver-area refinery into a
creek. The initial report released today says the toxic chemicals
are rapidly decreasing because of evaporation and dilution. The
seep from the Suncor Energy refinery into Sand Creek was detected
this week.