Glenwood Springs–Cell phone service through Glenwood Canyon may be possible one day soon. State and federal officials are working with a telecommunications company about building aesthetically appealing and unobtrusive cell towers at rest stops in the canyon. An public open house is being held this evening from 4 to 7 at the Ramada Inn in Glenwood Springs.

Glenwood Springs–The seam of coal burning underground that sparked a 12 thousand acre fire nine years ago in South Canyon can be used to produce coal oil and electricity according to a geologist from Golden. Lindsey Maness Jr. presented his ideas to Garfield County Commissioners this week.

Glenwood Springs–Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says the medical marijuana industry right now is nothing more than state sanctioned fraud. Suthers made his remarks this week in Glenwood Springs during a panel discussion on the dangers and misinformation about marijuana.

Aspen–The new, extended runway at the Aspen-Pitkin Count Airport was officially opened yesterday during a ribbon cutting ceremony. Officials from the county and the city were on hand for the celebration along with the media and other invited guests.

In other news…

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) – More than 100 soldiers from a
quartermaster company are expected to return to Fort Carson today
after a seven-month deployment to Iraq. The soldiers are members of
the 549th Quartermaster Company, part of the 43rd Sustainment
Brigade. Among other things, the unit helped remove equipment as
U.S. troops prepare to leave Iraq.

DENVER (AP) – A Denver group that produces beefcake firefighter
calendars to raise funds for a children’s burn center is under
investigation amid allegations of theft. The Denver Post reports
that the Denver DA’s office says Fired Up For Kids Inc. is the
focus of the probe into the group that raises money for the
Children’s Hospital Burn Center. Lawyers for the woman who runs the
group deny any allegations of impropriety.

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Board of Education has finished work
on a teacher rating system that could make it easier to fire
teachers who don’t meet testing standards. The new four-tier
grading system for teachers and principals will be tested at pilot
schools, and state lawmakers have to sign off next year. Educators
rated “ineffective” for two consecutive years would lose tenure.
New teachers would need three consecutive years of “effective”
ratings to make tenure.