Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Springs City Council will get a progress report on efforts to build a new performing arts center during a 5 o’clock work session. The council will also get an update on the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative at 6. The regular session begins at 7.

Glenwood Springs–The Labor Day Weekend is the last hurrah for the summer and marks the closure of many campgrounds in the White River National Forest. Some high altitude sites will close first.

Rio Blanco County–Nearly one million dollars in fines have been levied against an oil and gas company for several violations at wells in Rio Blanco County. West Hawk Energy may also be banned from drilling until the fines are paid.

Grand Junction–The new owners of the Powderhorn Ski Resort are bucking the trend in the industry and lowering prices. An adult season pass this year will cost 399 dollars compared to 420 last year.

In other news…

DENVER (AP) – The hot weather continues along Colorado’s Front
Range after the hottest August in Denver’s history.
The National Weather Service said Thursday that August had an
average temperature of 77 degrees, beating the previous record of
76.8 set in 1937. The temperature was in the 90s on 22 days during
the month, tying the amount seen in Augusts in 1995 and 1960.
In Colorado’s mountains, meanwhile, truckers are being reminded
to get ready for snow. From Thursday through the end of May,
commercial vehicles on Interstate 70 between Dotsero and Morrison
are required to carry chains in their vehicles in case of snow.

Former DA convicted of witness harassment
MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) – A former prosecutor in Montrose awaiting
trial on criminal charges of harassing employees was convicted
Wednesday on another set of charges.
Former 7th Judicial District Attorney Myrl Serra was convicted
in Montrose Wednesday of violating his bail-bond conditions and
misdemeanor harassment. Serra was convicted for confronting an
alleged victim in his upcoming harassment case at a department
store. Serra testified that he was shopping for Christmas gifts and
accidentally ran into the possible witness.
Serra resigned his post last fall after he was arrested on
several charges, including official misconduct for allegedly
coercing sexual favors from female employees. That trial is
scheduled to begin Oct. 31. The former prosecutor remains free on bond. He’ll be sentenced for the bail-bond violation after that trial is finished.