Glenwood Springs–Garfield County Planning and Zoning Commissioner Phil Vaughan is resigning after more than 20 years. Vaughan submitted his resignation to the Board of County Commissioners this morning.

Glenwood Springs–Garfield County’s coffers are chock full of money from mineral lease fees. County commissioners are putting away over 20 million dollars in a special mitigation fund to cover the boom and bust of the oil and gas industry.

Carbondale–The new owners of Mystic Eagle Alabaster Mine at the base of Mount Sopris want to reopen for business but a dispute over the bighorn sheep population is holding things up. A decision on the mine is expected soon.

Frisco–In increasing numbers, careless hunters who think they’re aiming at elk are actually aiming and shooting moose. State wildlife officials say 11 moose have been accidentally killed this season. There are only 17-hundred in Colorado. If you mistakenly shoot and kill a moose and don’t report it, it’s a 20 thousand dollar fine.

In other news…

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Dish Network Corp. says its
third-quarter earnings climbed 30 percent, as revenue rose even
though the satellite TV provider lost subscribers in the quarter.
The Englewood-based company said today a decline in new subscriber
activations led to a loss of about 111,000 subscribers in the third
quarter compared to last year’s quarter.

DENVER (AP) – Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet is headed to an
American Legion Post in Denver today to talk up his plans to
support veterans as they head home. Bennet plans to talk about his
plans as troops will be out of Iraq by year’s end and a drawdown is
beginning in Afghanistan. Bennet says he has a plan to reduce
unemployment among new veterans.

DENVER (AP) – Congresswoman Diana DeGette is raising an alarm
about drug shortages, and she’ll be at a Denver hospital this
morning to talk about a bill she thinks could alleviate the
problem. The Denver Democrat plans a news conference at Saint
Joseph’s Hospital to talk about how the shortage affects her
district. Last week President Barack Obama ordered the FDA to take
new steps to send out early warnings about looming shortages and
try to avert them.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The artist Christo plans to announce a gift of
his work to the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The museum
says Christo will be with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
tomorrow to unveil the gift. The museum also plans to present a
series of related works by Christo that will remain on view through
January. Christo also will discuss the next steps for his “Over
The River” project. It is a 5.9-mile work that he and his late
wife proposed for Colorado’s Arkansas River Valley.