Glenwood Springs–Scam artists love to prey upon bargain hunting shoppers this time of year. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office says people should avoid anything that sounds too good to be true like cheap gift cards, auction sales and incredible sounding deals on social network sites.

Rifle–Police in Rifle are looking for suspects in connection with last Friday night’s burglary of a consignment store and tattoo shop on 2nd Street. Over 10 thousand dollars in cash and merchandise was stolen.

Glenwood Springs–Officials at Sunlight Mountain Resort were hoping to join other ski areas in Colorado in cranking up the lifts a little early but there’s not enough snow. Sunlight will open for the season as scheduled next Friday, December 2nd.

Glenwood Springs–Whether you’re homeless or you have no home to go to Thanksgiving day, you don’t have to be alone or go hungry. A free Thanksgiving Day feast will be served tomorrow at the Pour House in Carbondale and at the Eagle’s Club in Glenwood Springs starting at 11-am.

The push to extract natural gas along Colorado’s
Front Range depends on using another valuable natural resource –
water. Oil and gas companies have purchased at least 500 million gallons
of water this year for fracking along the Front Range. Greeley, Longmont and Loveland are among the cities that have leased water to the companies.
Between 1 and 5 million gallons of water are needed to frack a
well. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association estimates that it would
take 6.5 billion gallons of water a year to drill the Niobrara
formation. The industry says that’s a relatively small amount given
that the state as a whole uses more than 100 times of water a year.

DENVER (AP) – Xcel Energy is asking Colorado regulators to
approve a $142 million increase in electricity rates to help it
cover costs for items ranging from higher taxes to cutting down
beetle-infested trees that could fall on its power lines. Xcel says
the request filed yesterday would raise monthly electricity bills
for typical residential customers by about $4.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Sundrop Fuels Inc. of Louisville says it
will build a $450 million biofuels refinery that will bring 150 new
jobs to central Louisiana. The plant will salvage wood waste from
renewable forests in the area and use that as feedstock to extract
carbon and combine that with hydrogen extracted from Louisiana’s
natural gas supplies to create up to 50 million gallons of
renewable green fuel a year.