News, October 26th

Carbondale – An oil and gas company with leases on thousands of acres of public land near Carbondale has applied for a permit to drill wells.
SG Interests has said it is interested in potentially having seven to nine well pads. The Houston-based company says it is performing surveys and other work to determine where it wants to put them. The lease entitles the company to one well on about 2,000 acres near the Sunlight Ski Area. The news comes as the Thompson Divide Coalition works to preserve the land. The coalition of ranchers, residents, sportsmen and conservationists in February offered $2.5 million to compensate gas developers for investments on their energy leases in the area.

DENVER (AP) – Colorado Department of Transportation snowplow drivers are busy cleaning up a second round of snow in parts of the Front Range before a storm system moves out. Snow fell in the Denver area Wednesday night into Thursday morning, and transportation officials were reporting new snow Thursday night on Interstate 70 in the mountains, in northwest Colorado, and on the Interstate 25 corridor from Wyoming to Walsenburg in northern Colorado. Officials at Denver International Airport reported no major delays or cancellations due to the weather, but planes sometimes stopped for de-icing.

DENVER (AP) – Federal drug agents are warning people of an Internet drug scam targeting people who buy their drugs online. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday people are panicking and wiring money overseas. Scammers are telling people that purchasing drugs over the Internet or by telephone is illegal and that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay up. According to the federal Food and Drug Administration, people who buy their drugs online should have a prescription and make sure the seller has a certified pharmacist.

COPPER MOUNTAIN (AP) – The U.S. Ski Team’s training course at Copper Mountain is on track to open Oct. 31, nearly two weeks earlier than it did last season. The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper had its inaugural season last winter. The course allows top American skiers to do early-season speed training without having to go New Zealand or Chile. This season, Copper Mountain started making snow Oct. 2. The ski area says it has been working around the clock since then to make sure the ski team’s run would be ready for training as early as possible.