Carbondale–Carbondale voters have returned over 50 percent of the ballots that were mailed out for tomorrow’s special election deciding the fate of the Village at Crystal River development. Remaining ballots must be hand delivered tomorrow between 7-am and 7-pm to the county courthouse or Carbondale Town Hall.

New Castle, Silt, Parachute–Municipal elections are coming up in western Garfield County this spring. The towns of New Castle, Silt and Parachute all have three council seats up for grabs on April 3rd. Candidates are being sought.

Denver–Animal abusers would be treated like sex offenders if a Colorado bill passes through the legislature. A measure before lawmakers would require convicted animal abusers to register as such with the state. Supporters say animal abusers are more inclined to hurt people.

Craig–Soon, there won’t be any place to light up a smoke at the Memorial Hospital in Craig. Hospital officials plan to ban smoking on all properties and satellite facilities this summer.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Colorado regulators have slashed a
fine over violations at four Delta County oil and gas wells after
the company said they were unaware of a hearing and contended the
fines were unfair. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission cut the fine from $200,000 to $20,000 after Colorado-based Aspen Operating LLC appealed 20 alleged violations at four wells drilled northwest of
Orchard City in 2006. The company was accused of abandoning the
wells without the permission of commission staff, failing to
perform mechanical-integrity tests and not having bonding on them.
The company says the commission staff erred in releasing bonds
originally posted by the wells’ prior owner.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – A Mesa County jail inmate is in
trouble after he attended his father’s funeral with a judge’s
approval. Community Corrections officials say 28-year-old Benjamin Christ
did not have their permission and they canceled his participation
in a program that lets inmates out of jail to work and attend
treatment programs. Christ was serving time for possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of a weapon while intoxicated
Christ’s mother says family members agreed to postpone funeral
services nearly a month for her late ex-husband so Christ could get
permission from authorities to take a furlough from Mesa County
Community Corrections. Christ reportedly was warned the program did not
allow furloughs, but he went anyway.