News, September 10th


Rifle—Voters in Rifle are deciding the fate of the 3/4 cent sales tax increase to pay for a new recreation center. Today is election day in Rifle and the rec center tax is one of four on the municipal ballot.  In addition, seven candidates are vying for four open seats on the city council.  Ballots must be returned by 7 o’clock tonight to city hall.


Cedaredge—Three Cedaredge High School boys were exposed to carbon monoxide this past Sunday night.  One of them died, another is in critical condition while the third okay. According to reports from the Delta County Sheriff’s Office, the boys fell asleep while watching movies in a camper inside a shed and were somehow exposed to the odorless, colorless gas.  Reid Gates and Aaron Henrie both 17 years old, never woke up.  Gates died in his sleep while Henrie is listed in critical condition.  The third boy, 15 year old Tyler Cooper wasn’t harmed.  According to reports, the boys were discovered by Cooper’s parents.  Sheriff Fred McKee says it appears it was simply a tragic accident.


Glenwood Springs—A major meth ring based in Rifle has been put out of business by undercover officers.  Early yesterday morning, members of the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team as well as the Garfield County All Hazards and Eagle County Response Teams served two search warrants in Rifle following a four-month investigation that involved several undercover buys of meth.  Eight people have been arrested, three suspects plan to surrender, two are out of town and two others have yet to be found. 17 undercover buys were made and over 117 grams of methamphetamine was seized.

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