Basalt–The Basalt Town Council voted to impose a 20-cent fee for paper and plastic grocery bags at yesterday’s meeting. Officials in Aspen and Carbondale will take up the issue next month.

Glenwood Springs–The Roaring Fork Re-1 school board may discuss the school resource officer program in the district. The S-R-O program has come under fire recently over allegations that a Carbondale officer performed a dual role with federal immigration authorities.

Rifle–Students and staff members in the Garfield Re-2 school district will one day have their own health care center. The Grand River Hospital District received a four year, 400 thousand dollar grant from the Colorado Health Foundation that will make it possible.

DENVER (AP) – The EPA is holding a public hearing in Denver
today on its proposed rules for limiting air pollution at oil and
gas wells, including first-time regulations for wells that are
hydraulically fractured. Industry representatives plan to ask the
agency to rethink its proposal and try to push back the Feb. 28
deadline for adopting final rules. Environmental groups plan to
argue the proposal could go further.

BUENA VISTA, Colo. (AP) – The body of a hiker believed to have
fallen from a steep slope in Chaffee County Sunday will be
retrieved today. KRDO-TV reports that the body of 61-year-old Wayne
Kirkbride of Monument was spotted near Cascade Falls yesterday
afternoon by searchers aboard an Army helicopter. The retired U.S.
Army Special Forces lieutenant colonel disappeared on a hike near
Mount Antero.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Authorities say an 89-year-old driver who
drove her Lincoln Continental into a Boulder County post office and
injured four people mistook the gas pedal for the brake. Police say
Gloria Sawyer was trying to park yesterday when she drove through a
plate-glass window at the Valmont Station. The Daily Camera reports
Sawyer was ticketed for careless driving resulting in injury, and
she will be asked to retake the driver’s test.

DENVER (AP) – Two Democrats in Congress are asking for a federal
review of a decision by Colorado’s top elections officer to
challenge mailing early ballots to inactive voters. The Denver Post
reports that Robert Brady of Pennsylvania and Charles Gonzalez of
Texas have asked the Justice Department to review the actions of
Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who has sued Denver
for seeking to automatically mail ballots to all eligible voters,
even those who didn’t vote last year.