News, September 14th

Silt–Over 400 people will soon be put to work on the Western Slope thanks to today’s approval of a natural gas liquid pipeline that will cross Garfield, Rio Blanco and Mesa Counties. The 95-mile long pipeline, called the Western Expansion Project II, will boost Enterprise Mid-America’s capacity by 15 thousand barrels per day. The BLM approval of the right-of-way includes 60 miles of federal land and parts of Uintah and Grand County in Utah. Mid-America says the construction of the pipeline will take about six months. Liquid natural gas products recovered during natural gas production include propane and butane.

Glenwood Springs–Steven Michael Stagner has been in the state mental hospital for the last 10 years for a shooting spree in Rifle that claimed 4 lives and wounded 3 others. The 53 year old Stagner may soon be released for occasional, supervised day trips if Garfield County District Judge Denise Lynch agrees with doctors assessments. Doctors who’ve been supervising Stagner say he is no longer a danger to others and should be slowly reintegrated into society. Final arguments will be heard next Wednesday.

Glenwood Springs–Garfield County Commissioners are bracing for a long, spirited public hearing Monday afternoon. The hot topic that’s expected to draw a big crowd is the waste transfer station being proposed for Carbondale by Mountain Roll Offs Incorporated and IRMW II. A large number of opponents are expected to attend the hearing which begins at 1 o’clock.

DENVER (AP) – A Colorado coroner says the widow of a man who piloted a plane hijacked on 9/11 died accidentally last May. Chief deputy coroner Carl Blesch said Friday that 52-year-old Sandy Dahl died in Jefferson County of acute heart failure due to the combined effects of alcohol and multiple prescription drugs. Her husband, Capt. Jason Dahl, was the captain of United Flight 93. The flight was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco and went down in Pennsylvania as passengers fought back.