Following is a preview of tomorrow’s headlines |

Following is a preview of tomorrow’s headlines

Editors note: This is a second in a two-part series on issues surrounding the citys plans for a transportation tax issue this fall.Five months before a transportation tax is to be voted on in Glenwood Springs, City Council members have some widely divergent ideas about how big it should be and what all it should fund.The council agrees on at least one thing: that the city needs to pass some sort of tax for street maintenance and construction work.But any discussion beyond that point of consensus reveals some starkly different transportation priorities and concerns, not to mention philosophies regarding a bigger versus smaller tax.Two council members, Dan Richardson and Dave Merritt, would like to see a 0.1 percent increase in the citys sales tax to further fund the citys in-town bus service, which council cut back earlier this year because it was over budget.However, some major transportation projects remain on the citys radar screen, including a possible relocation of Highway 82, a south bridge project that would extend the Midland Avenue alternate route, and the direct connection of Eighth Street from downtown to Midland.

In an historic step Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management offered its oil shale-rich lands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming for lease for research development. The leasing notice was published in the Federal Register Thursday. Applications will be taken by BLM from June 9 through Spet. 7.Leases are 160 acres in size, in accordance with BLMs aim to initiate research and design projects by private companies that it hopes will come up with an economically viable technology for removing oil from shale.Applicants will also have to option to designate an additional 4,960 acres which BLM will reserve as a preference right if the companys oil shale extraction technology proves commercially viable.BLM intends to initiate a phased or staged approach to oil shale development, the notice said. The two step plan will begin with the leasing and will be followed by development of regulations for commercial leasing of oil shale on BLM lands.Weve tried to it keep small for a number reasons, said Jim Edwards, Chief of the branch of solid minerals in the BLM state office in Lakewood. We want to give them a chance prove up a technology before we expand the leases unlike what we did back in the 70s when we leased 5,000 acres having it end up creating a big expectation then falling flat on its face.According to the BLM, the agency holds more than 50 percent of the worlds oil shale resources, or the equivalent of 2.6 billion barrels of oil, 20 times more than the total U.S. oil resources of 16.5 billion barrels.

In celebration of the MGAs 50th anniversary, the MG Car Club, Rocky Mountain Centre, will host a display of classic British cars on Ninth Street between Grand and Cooper avenues from 5-7 p.m. Friday, in conjunction with its 53rd consecutive Rallye Glenwood Springs.The annual event is the oldest continuous rally in the United States. Take a short trip back to the 1940s and 1950s by examining the cars up close and talking with owners on Friday evening.Saturdays main event is a tour through the scenic Glenwood Springs area. On Sunday, visit the entire car show from 9-11:30 a.m. at Two Rivers Park.

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