Silt–Silt Town Trustees are expected to renew gas leases with Antero Resources at tonight’s meeting. The so-called “net mineral acres” agreement expired a month ago. The lease agreement allows drilling in certain areas of town and brings in about 180 thousand dollars a year in revenue. Tonight’s town hall meeting begins at 7.

Craig–Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney visited Craig this morning to talk about energy prices. Romney decided to go to Craig after being invited by local hotel owners Frank and Kerrie Moe. The Moe’s sent Romney a video saying burdensome federal regulations have impacted energy development and hurt the town’s economy.

Grand Junction–Two wildfires are burning on the Western Slope. An 8-square mile fire north of Paradox near the Utah state line has been burning since Friday. That fire is 30 percent contained. Further south, near Pagosas Springs, 150 firefighters are battling a 4-square mile blaze. The fire was started by lightning over two weeks ago. Crews say they have not been able to contain the fire.

VATICAN CITY (AP) – The pope has named Monsignor Samuel Aquila
as the new archbishop for Denver, filling an important U.S. post
left vacant after Archbishop Charles Chaput (SHAP’-yoo) moved to
Philadelphia. The 61-year-old Aquila is currently bishop of Fargo,
North Dakota. He studied at Denver’s St. Thomas Seminary and worked
in several Colorado parishes following his ordination in 1976.