News, September 27th

Glenwood Springs–The traffic delays at the Midland Avenue culvert project will be a little longer today as crews enter a critical phase of the job. Officials say the normal 4 to 5 minute delays at the temporary stoplight could be closer to 7 to 10 minutes.

New Castle–The historic agreement to merge the Rifle and Burning Mountains Fire Protection District was made official during last night’s signing at the Lakota Canyon Fire Station. Rifle Fire Chief Mike Morgan will oversee the newly formed Colorado River Fire Rescue. The motto sums up the mission of the CRFR; One Team, One Fight.

Glenwood Springs–It’s a good news/bad news report for real estate activity in Garfield County. According to a recent analysis by Land Title Guarantee Company, real estate sales through the month of July were up over 30% from a year ago. The bad news is, most of the sales came through bank foreclosures and short sales.

Carbondale–The future of Carbondale’s economy, housing market and land use lie in the pages of the comprehensive plan. Tonight, the Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission will hold the first public hearing on the new plan. Tonight’s meeting begins at 7.

EDWARDS, Colo. (AP) – Westbound Interstate 70 in the Colorado mountains has reopened after a tractor-trailer rig overturned and spilled about 1,000 pounds of paint on the north shoulder near Edwards. The Colorado Department of Transportation says the paint spilled Wednesday at about 6:30 p.m. some 90 miles west of downtown Denver, forcing the closure of both westbound lanes until about 4:15 a.m. this morning. Westbound traffic was detoured around the spill on U.S. 6. Eastbound traffic wasn’t affected. CDOT says the paint got only on shoulder and not on the highway itself or into any streams. The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known. CDOT says some of the paint spilled in the crash and the rest spilled when crews were trying to get the truck back on its wheels.