Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Springs City Council discuss grassroots economic development through the CORE program at tonight’s meeting. The council will also commemorate the city’s first church, !st Presbyterian, which is celebrating it’s 125th birthday this weekend. Tonight’s meeting begins at 7.

Silt–The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is looking for at least two people who recently destroyed at least 20 mailboxes in Silt Mesa and Harvey Gap. The apparent random acts of vandalism occurred late last month during the early morning hours. A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Denver–Supporters of legalizing marijuana are hitting the streets today gathering petition signatures to get it on this November’s ballot. A previous attempt in 2006 failed miserably.

Washington, DC–A Hotchkiss rancher is in the nation’s capitol at the invitation of Congressman Scott Tipton. Robbie LeValley is testifying against a proposed rule that she says would hurt beef producers.

In other news…

DENVER (AP) – A new study ranks Colorado as the least obese
state in the nation. Two public health groups, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released a study Thursday which says that Colorado had an obesity rate of 19.8 percent.
However, the good news is relative because the nation overall
has been growing more obese. Back in 1995, Colorado’s current rate
would have been the highest obesity rate in the nation.
The study looked for the first time at state-by-state statistics
over the last two decades. No state decreased its level of obesity, which is defined as a body mass index of 30 or more. The body mass index is a measurement based on weight and height.

AF Academy buys 19 new gliders for cadet training
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) – The Air Force Academy is getting
19 new gliders for cadet training. The Air Force is paying $4.8 million for the gliders and 11 trailers. The academy will formally accept delivery on Friday at its campus outside Colorado Springs. The TG-16A gliders are made by a German company. They replace TG-10B and TG-10C gliders currently in use. The gliders will join a new fleet of powered training aircraft.
The academy announced last month it is buying 25 single-engine
airplanes for a total of $6.1 million. The powered aircraft replace a fleet of 20 leased training planes.