Basalt–A Glenwood Springs man suffered a fatal heart attack prior to crashing his Honda Civic near Basalt early yesterday morning. The crash occurred on up valley Highway 82. The man was identified as 56 year old Jose Martinez.

Rifle–Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson believes the economy is improving at the federal, state and local levels. He says through good stewardship and frugal spending, the county has been able to maintain services and a healthy reserve balance.

Glenwood Springs–The Roaring Fork Re-1 School Board will consider revising or tweaking the student resource officer program. The school board plans to meet with local law enforcement officials following recent reports of SROs collaborating with federal immigration authorities to nab illegal immigrants.

Silt–There won’t be any oil and gas drilling this year on Silt Mesa according to Antero Resources Vice President Kevin Kilstrom. Kilstrom however says the company does plan to drill about 50 wells in the Williams Fork Formation before the end of the year. Kilstrom talked about Antero’s plans with Silt residents earlier this week.

In other news…

DENVER (AP) – A long-debated proposal about college tuition for
illegal immigrants is expected to come up for debate in the
Colorado Senate today. But the real test awaits across the hall in
the Republican-led House. The bill would allow residents who are
illegal immigrants to attend state universities at tuition rates
that are higher than those for in-state students but lower than
out-of-state levels.

DENVER (AP) – An ethics committee looking into a Republican
lawmaker’s controversial traffic stop will meet today to discuss
whether to end its review. Collbran Rep. Laura Bradford’s traffic
stop on Jan. 25 became media fodder because it raised questions
about whether she received preferential treatment when Denver
police suspected her of driving drunk. The ethics complaint has
exposed a rocky relationship between Bradford and Republicans who
supported the review. It could compromise the GOP’s one-vote
advantage in the House.

NEW YORK (AP) – The father of an admitted terrorist is to be
sentenced today after his conviction on charges he destroyed
evidence and lied to investigators to cover up his son’s plot to
attack New York City subways in 2009. Mohammed Wali Zazi faces up
to 40 years in prison. The former cab driver from Colorado is the
father of Najibullah Zazi, who admitted that he returned from
Pakistan to his family’s Aurora home to practice cooking up
homemade bombs using chemicals extracted from beauty supplies.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A Colorado Springs man, his wife
and three children are safe after two people driving by noticed a
house on fire and got them out of the house. Colorado Springs
police said yesterday two people in a vehicle noticed smoke, turned
around and saw flames coming from the roof. Police said the two
passers-by knocked on the door and the family was unaware of the