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URSA Semi-Annual Community Meetings

February 26, 2015

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Ursa Semi-Annual Community Meetings are scheduled for the second week in March. Silt Area Community Meeting Silt Firehouse 611 Main Street Silt, CO Monday, March 9, 2015 6:30 p.m. Parachute and Battlement Mesa Community Meeting Grand Valley Fire Station 124 Stone Quarry Road Battlement Mesa, CO Tuesday, March 10, 2015 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be […]

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Nationally recognized teen focused on helping the homeless

February 17, 2015

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Glenwood Springs, CO — Chandra Starr is a young teen who gained national attention when she collected close to $20,000 for a local hunger relief organization — one penny at a time. Last year Chandra’s story appeared on the NBC Nightly News. Scholastic News featured her in the magazine last November. This year Chandra is […]

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Parachute Creek spill: Day 707

February 11, 2015

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Click here for a larger version of the map. An article in Monday’s Daily Sentinel reported that last September the EPA lifted the enforcement order that had required Williams to take actions to keep the underground plume (hydrocarbon contaminated groundwater) from contaminating Parachute Creek. According to the letter, the EPA had “determined that the threat […]

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BOCC expects Oregon to sacrifice environment to support GarCo economy

February 4, 2015

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Garfield County is ranked among the top five oil-and-gas-rich counties in Colorado. Donning that emperor’s cloak of entitlement granted by such a distinction, whether it’s water rights or greater sage grouse, the GarCo commissioners have never hesitated to assert their illusion of power to state and federal officials. Now they are reaching beyond state lines […]

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Hot Springs therapy pool tested positive for pseudomonas

January 26, 2015

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Part 4 Last summer on two occasions, August 6 and August 13, 2014, the Glenwood Hot Springs therapy pool tested positive for pseudomonas aeruginosa. This is a report of my investigation. During the month of August, as my health condition deteriorated (see Part 1), we considered several possibilities as […]

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Mob rule in Silt

January 17, 2015

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So. As the marijuana burns in Silt, it turns out that the SiltBOTs denied not one but two applications for marijuana cultivation operations at last Monday’s meeting. The fired up residents who opposed the marijuana cultivation and manufacturing plant above the Eagle’s View and Stoney Ridge subdivisions got their way and then some but they’re […]

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How much water is too much?

January 13, 2015

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On Monday night the SiltBOTs voted unanimously to reject the application for a marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facility which would have been located on vacant land between Eagle’s View and Stoney Ridge subdivision. Read all about it here: Silt rejects pot growing operation During the hearing a big stink was made about the amount of […]

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May your Christmas be

December 24, 2014

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For more information about the West Elk winter recreation trails visit the West Elk Multi-Use Club blog.  

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So THIS is the West Slope Way

December 24, 2014

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Truck slides, spills water from gas production near Rifle RIFLE — Fourteen residences about 3 miles from the Kum & Go convenience store in south Rifle were without water most of Monday and until 5:15 a.m. Tuesday after a tanker truck hauling water thought to be a byproduct of natural gas production slid and spilled […]

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Invasion of the body snatchers – Part 3

December 19, 2014

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Last week I was waiting for test results. Those results came in on Monday. Not good news. I still have pseudomonas aeruginosa. Evidently it’s an antibiotic resistant strain. I had one question for my doctor. Do I have to start treatment all over again and get attacked by toxins? Not exactly. There is some good […]

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