Glenwood Springs–Local emergency officials are somewhat concerned about the snow melt and the rapidly rising rivers. An eight-page booklet on high water preparedness and safety is available free on line at the Garfield County website. The Roaring Fork River is expected to peak by the middle of next week.

Roaring Fork Valley–Smoke and haze may still be noticeable in the valley as two wildfires in southeastern Colorado continue to burn. The fires between Trinidad, Colorado and Raton, New Mexico have burned about 13 thousand acres. Over 400 firefighters are battling the blazes and are making good progress despite high winds.

Glenwood Springs–Medical Marijuana regulations will be discussed and possibly voted on by the Glenwood Springs city council tonight. The council will also continue a discussion on the use of wood stoves in town. Tonight’s meeting begins at 7.

Washington, D.C.–Environmentalists got some disappointing news from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. He reversed his decision to designate millions of acres of public lands for wilderness protection. The decision was part of a budget compromise in Congress.

In other news…

DENVER (AP) – Federal mining regulators are holding a hearing in
Denver today on two proposed rules for the industry. The Mine
Safety and Health Administration says one proposal deals with
examinations of work areas in underground coal mines. The other
addresses companies found to have a pattern of violations. Hearings
are planned this month in other mining states.

DENVER (AP) – Gov. John Hickenlooper joins state officials
outside the Capitol in Denver today to mark another statewide law
enforcement torch run for the Special Olympics. Three flames from
runs across the state will be joined into one flame today to be
carried down the 16th Street Mall on its final journey to Greeley.
The Special Olympics’ Colorado State Summer Games are Saturday at
the University of Northern Colorado.