• Rifle Softball Field Renamed in Honor of Longtime Coach and Mentor Rifle—The softball field in Rifle that has seen a generation of great teams and excellent players round the bases and roam the outfield is getting a new name. After some discussion, the Rifle City Council voted unanimously to change Taughenbaugh Field to Cindy Skinner Field. Skinner is credited with introducing softball to Rifle in the ...
  • Norovirus has Garfield County Health Officials on Alert Glenwood Springs—The rapid spread of norovirus in Mesa County has the full attention of Garfield County schools and health officials.  The Garfield County Public Health Department has taken quite a few calls from childcare centers and workplaces that have led to the closure of all 46 school campuses just a few miles west.  Public Health ...
  • The 2020 Capitol Christmas Tree will be from Western Colorado GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – Next year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will come from western Colorado. U.S. Forest Service officials said Monday a tree will be cut from Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre or Gunnison national forest to adorn the Capitol building’s West Lawn in 2020. Spokeswoman Kim Phillips  says a formal announcement will be made Friday, and she declined ...
  • Colorado Supreme Court “OK’S” Medical Marijuana for Those on Probation DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled people may use medical marijuana while serving probation. The state’s highest court issued the ruling Monday. The justices approved an exception for prosecutors to show evidence that using the drug would run counter to achieving the probation goals in individual cases. Records say the case stemmed from a ...
  • Garfield County Approves Moratorium on Mining Permits GLENWOOD SPRINGS—The Garfield County Board of Commissioners imposed a moratorium on new or amended mining and gravel projects for the next six months to allow time to create a 2030 comprehensive plan and adjust the land-use code. The moratorium means Rocky Mountain Resources cannot make changes to its special use permit for the Mid-Continent limestone ...
  • Pilot Disorientation Caused Deadly Crash of Grand Junction Man Grand Junction—The Grand Junction veterinarian and volunteer member of the Mesa County Search and Rescue Team who was killed in a small plane crash 18 months ago became disoriented by rough weather according to investigators. Authorities with the National Transportation Safety Board say 67 year old Robert Marquis probably lost control of his Cirrus SR22 ...
  • City of Rifle 2020 Budget Proposed Rifle—Like most municipalities in Garfield County, the city of Rifle’s budget for the next couple of years appears to be on solid footing. If a recession comes to pass as many analysts are predicting, Rifle will be able to weather the storm. City Manager Scott Hahn presented the 2020 budget to the city council recently.  ...
  • Tree Removal On Grand Avenue Glenwood Springs—Some dying and falling ash trees on the west side of Grand Avenue are being removed and replaced.  Arborist crews are focusing on trees in the 900 block of Grand Avenue. The project involves pulling back electrical utilities and irrigation before replacing the falling trees with Sienna Glen Maples.  City officials say there are ...
  • Veteran & Walmart Employee Controversy DENVER (AP) – Federal prosecutors in Colorado say Walmart violated legal protections for military service members by allegedly refusing to hire a Colorado Navy reservist because she needed to take two weeks off for training. In a lawsuit filed against the company Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Colorado says an official at a Grand ...
  • Moose Killed Illegally in Lake City DENVER (AP) – Colorado wildlife officials have fined two hunters after saying they illegally killed a moose beloved around town.  67-year-old Susan Boyles was charged with hunting on private property without permission and unlawful take of wildlife after killing a moose in Lake City Oct. 4. Her 68-year-old husband Donald Boyles was charged with hunting ...