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Evidence delays slow progress in Rifle vehicular homicide case

Cody Christopher Delays in obtaining evidence from police investigators in the vehicular homicide and drunken-driving case against Cody Christopher related to a Dec. 29, 2017, wreck north of Rifle that resulted in two men being killed have led to another continuance. Defense attorney Lawson Wills ex


TRAVEL ALERT: Rockfall Mitigation to Cause Traffic Delays in Glenwood Canyon

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. - Rockfall mitigation planned for Glenwood Canyon is expected to cause traffic delays for motorists over the next few months. Beginning Monday, March 26, the Colorado Department of Transportation will work with Rock Solid Solutions to begin rockfall fence improvements on I-70

WESTERNSLOPENOW.COM - 2018-03-23 00:01:27

Bill that would bring Moffat County long-delayed Anvil Points royalty payout heads to governor's desk

A bill to ensure that long-delayed royalty payments from the defunct Anvil Points Naval Oil Shale Testing Facility near Rifle go where they should is on its way to the governor. That measure, HB1249, had to be fast-tracked through the Colorado Legislature because without it, the federal mineral leas

CRAIG DAILY PRESS - 2018-03-23 07:00:00

Crime Briefs: Dude, that's my car! Man sees stolen Jeep while on way to work

On Tuesday, shortly after 7 a.m., a Glenwood Springs man reported his Jeep Wrangler as missing. "The reporting party stated that he feels this occurred sometime after midnight due to a little bit of snow on the ground and he could see where there wasn't as much snow where the Jeep was parked," an of


Pregnant emergency dispatcher coaches Battlement Mesa couple through birth of their baby

Garfield County emergency dispatcher Michelle Raymond knows every time she picks up the phone it can be a life-or-death situation. On the morning of Feb. 26 she learned just how much the former can be true. That Monday, she helped a Battlement Mesa couple deliver their baby in the bathroom of their

DENVER POST - 2018-03-23 16:38:20

Rifle water treatment plant on display during tour

Rifle closed the books on its largest capital project to date last year, and the city's new $30 million water purification will now be celebrating its one-year anniversary of operation next month. Middle Colorado Watershed Council, a Rifle-based organization that aims to protect the stretch of Color


Convict proclaims innocence, tries to explain DNA

GLENWOOD SPRINGS - The man convicted in the 1996 bludgeoning deaths of a Clifton woman and her daughter proclaimed his innocence in a court proceeding Thursday and also sought to explain the presence of his DNA on a flashlight linked to the case. Verle Mangum, 39, spoke before 9th Judicial District


Longtime independent voter considering going blue

Editor: This Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Library, the independents of Garfield County will caucus for the first time for the June primaries and the November general election. I will be there with bells on. I have never voted for a major party candidate in my life. It started with Eug

ASPEN DAILY NEWS - 2018-03-24 09:00:00

Glenwood Canyon: Three ice climbing routes, one day

What's the difference between ice and rock? Ice: Same hold every move Same muscles for the duration of a route Variable conditions can totally change a day's plans Because the climb involves striking an axe to move along the ice, you must use specific skills to advance. "It always demands the most o


Dispatcher helps deliver baby in Battlement Mesa

Dispatcher Michelle Raymond recently helped a local Battlement Mesa couple deliver their new baby in the bathroom of their home,earning her the Call o... Chelsea Self / Post Independent | Dispatcher Michelle Raymond recently helped a local Battlement Mesa couple deliver their new baby in the bathroo


Anvil Points bill on royalty payouts heads to governor

DENVER - A bill to ensure that long-delayed royalty payments from the defunct Anvil Points Naval Oil Shale Testing Facility near Rifle go where they should is on its way to the governor. That measure, HB1249, had to be fast-tracked through the Colorado Legislature because without it, the federal min


Garfield County funds air quality study through 2019

As part of an intergovernmental agreement with Colorado State University, the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners approved $75,000 toward an air quality study that will analyze the sources of volatile organic compounds in the area. "We've collected a very robust catalogue of VOCs since 200


Witness: Blagg asked if he wanted to see crime scene

GOLDEN - When Mesa County resident Rick Miller showed up at Michael Blagg's home to help him move following the disappearance of his wife and daughter more than 16 years ago, he was taken aback at Blagg's greeting. Blagg "immediately asked me if I wanted to see either the crime scene or the scene of


Long awaited interchange at I-70 & 29 Road being put into gear

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- The idea isn't new, it's been talked about since the early 1970's, but Grand Junction and Mesa County have come together to start a roadmap towards building an interchange at I-70 and 29 Road. "With the additional growth that we've had and are anticipating in th

KJCT8 - 2018-03-23 04:24:00

Ex-sheriff's drone ace lands post as chief of aerial firefighting hub

The man who founded and ran the Mesa County sheriff's groundbreaking drone program is now director of Colorado's aerial firefighting research center in Rifle. Ben Miller was named last month as the new director of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting, based at the Rif


Ursa fined for drilling error

Ursa Resources this week was penalized $29,600 for an error it says was related to its efforts to use long-reach directional wells to reduce impacts to schools and homes in the Battlement Mesa area. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved the fine in connection with a well Ursa dri


Man is set free after 2017 gang gunfight

The man prosecutors believe fired the shot that killed 38-year-old Dion Nixon in a March 2017 gang-related incident has served his last day in custody in connection with the death, after a plea deal to a count of reckless manslaughter was accepted by a judge Tuesday. Gregory Clark, 39, was originall


MCSO: 2 masked men hold family at gunpoint in overnight home invasion

Authorities are seeking information on two masked men who broke into a local home last night and held a family at gunpoint, fired off a shot and demanded money, according to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. The suspects likely knew the victims of the home in the 400 block of Mountain Drive, the She


AVLT Red Hill Project meets funding commitment goals

The "Save Red Hill" project, a collaborative effort between the Aspen Valley Land Trust and the Town of Carbondale, has been funded at $1.35 million. But now that funding is secured, the work is just beginning. The project, launched in November 2017, conserves a 25-acre area at the base of Red Hill.


Put to the Test; Making a Mesa County Sheriff's Staff Member

MESA COUNTY, Colo. - Every Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy went through an intense process to make it where they are now. There are several steps in applying for the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. They include an interview, psychological assessment, vocabulary and problem solving tasks, spelling and gra