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Following is a preview of tomorrow’s headlines

The drawing has yet to be held for Glenwood Springs first affordable housing lottery, but theres already a winner.Only one person applied for the deed-restricted townhome at West Glenwood Condominiums, 0110 135 Road.The applicant is a single man, and the home will be his to buy provided that he is able to qualify for a loan, said city planner Jill Peterson.She said the failure of others to apply for the lottery was a little disappointing.But I think we also have to remember that this is the very first unit to be offered under the city program, she said.

The Garfield County Commissioners worked to chose their words wisely Monday as they crafted a comment letter to the BLM on the Roan Plateau Environmental Impact Statement.While they were careful to keep the letter focused on technical issues, they also debated the larger issues of potential gas development on top of the plateau.Among the thorny issues they wrestled with were possible phasing of natural gas development on top of the plateau and legislation that may mandate drilling there. The Transfer Act was passed by Congress in the mid-90s when the Naval Oil Shale Reserve on the Roan Plateau was transferred from the Department of Energy to the BLM. According to some interpretations, that act mandates that drilling be allowed on top.

Garfield County is cashing in, if only modestly, on the natural gas boom. Recently, the county commissioners received applications for three county mineral right leases from EnCana Oil and Gas.The leases are for mineral rights under county roads 300 and 306 and .09 acres in Grass Mesa on land deeded to the county. Payments for the leases range from $100 for the .09 acres to $500 for County Road 306.These are pretty typical. We get approached to lease minerals under old roads, said county gas auditor Doug Dennison. We got a whole bunch in the last month or so.According to county administrator Ed Green, most of the countys mineral rights underlie its roads, however some rights have been acquired through land sales for delinquent taxes.

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