News, March 6th

ARSON SUSPECT SOUGHT IN GOULD CONSTRUCTION FIRE

Glenwood Springs—Gould Construction really wants to find the person who set fire last week to an expensive piece of equipment.  Owner, Mark Gould is offering a two thousand dollar reward through Crime Stoppers of Garfield County to find the person responsible. According to law enforcement reports, an earthmover was set on fire last Wednesday night, February 26th at the Gould Construction equipment storage area just south of Glenwood Springs on County Road 154.  If you have any information that could help with the investigation, you can remain anonymous by calling the Crime Stoppers of Garfield County tipline at 945-0101 or you can go on line to garcocrimestoppers.com.

BLM SAGE GROUSE EIS UPDATE

Silt—When it comes to protection of the Greater Sage Grouse, the Bureau of Land Management wants to work closely with all stakeholders.  Today in Silt at the BLM field office, Regional Director Jim Cagney gave the Resource Advisory Council and update on the Environmental Impact Statement. Cagney says before the highly anticipated recommendation is presented, all interests have to be addressed to make it work including the oil and gas industry.  Cagney says a special concern is the existing rights of mineral lease holders.  Cagney says they hope to have the report finalized by next February.

C-DOT LAUNCHING STONED DRIVING CAMPAIGN

DENVER (AP) – A stoned basketball player and a backyard cook too high to realize his grill is missing a propane tank are starring in a new Colorado ad campaign to combat stoned driving. Colorado is spending $1 million on TV ads, radio ads and posters in dispensaries to remind drivers that newly legal marijuana should be treated like alcohol and not used before driving. The money comes from a federal grant. The “Drive High, Get a DUI” ads begin airing March 10. The effort from the Colorado Department of Transportation comes as Colorado struggles to keep accurate statewide records on marijuana-impaired drivers. The Colorado State Patrol just started keeping track in January, when the agency recorded 31 marijuana-impaired drivers.