Glenwood Springs–Garfield County Commissioners got into a debate yesterday about marijuana. The board intended to talk more about adopting regulations dealing with grow operations in unincorporated parts of the county but it soon turned into a debate over buffer zones and social issues. The board will resume the discussion in two weeks.

Glenwood Springs–Garfield County probably won’t spring for a groundwater monitor in the West Divide Creek area despite pleas from property owner Lisa Bracken. Bracken presented information to the board suggesting there are still toxic chemicals bubbling to the surface of the creek that are not naturally occurring.

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Pitkin County is planning to give $1,000
bonuses to employees this summer. County officials say the bonuses are deserved because this will be the first pay increase for government workers in three years. County commissioners included the 1.5 percent bonuses for their
employees in this year’s budget.

LIVERMORE, Colo. (AP) – Winds up to 40 mph could make it
difficult to fight a wildfire in northern Colorado that has
prompted the evacuations of 13 homes.
The fire was burning on about 200 acres 40 miles northwest of
Fort Collins on Tuesday. It has damaged two or three outbuildings
but no homes have been burned. The fire was reported Monday. It hasn’t been contained at all because firefighters have been focused on protecting homes. The residents of 53 homes have been warned to be ready to leave.
Meanwhile, firefighters in western Colorado are mopping up a
wildfire that burned nearly 9 square miles of rugged terrain north
of Paradox near the Utah border. Near Pagosa Springs, a fire that has scorched nearly 8 square miles is about 30 percent contained.