News, October 30th

New York, NY/Glenwood Springs–A local team of future attorneys is stuck in the Big Apple because of Hurricane Sandy. The Glenwood Springs High School Mock Trial Team was scheduled to fly out of New York yesterday but their flight was canceled. Team coach and attorney Charlie Willman says the team is staying at a Marriott Hotel in Brooklyn and is safe. The Glenwood Mock Trial team was in New York competing in the Empire Mock Trial tournament and captured third place.

Glenwood Springs–America’s Christmas tree is coming from the White River National Forest. The 73 foot tall Englemann Spruce will begin it’s long, circuitous journey to the nation’s capitol this Friday. The tree is located just outside of Meeker and will be spending a night at the Glenwood Springs Mall next Wednesday, November 7th. People will be allowed to sign a large banner during it’s stop in Glenwood from 5:30 to 7:30. The man responsible for driving the tree-hauling truck to the White House certainly knows the way; it’s former Colorado U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell.

Glenwood Springs–Garfield County Commissioners do not like the idea of 4-mile road being used as a major haul route for the oil and gas industry. The board expressed concerns about Houston, Texas-based SG Interests looking to drill in the Thompson Divide near Sunlight Mountain Resort. Commissioners said the heavy truck traffic would have adverse impacts on roads, local businesses and tourism.

Parachute–Oil and gas giant Encana wants to be greener. Garfield County’s largest energy producer is exploring ways to reduce energy consumption by installing sensors to control computer power, using more natural light and stabilizing temperatures at it’s new 6 million dollar building in Parachute. Company officials say the new offices use about 30 percent less electricity and are 20 percent more energy efficient. The company plans to reinvest the money it saves on energy bills.