Following is a preview of tomorrow’s headlines |

Following is a preview of tomorrow’s headlines

The federal energy bill that passed the Senate Tuesday could give a kick start to oil shale development on the West Slope. Under the amendment, DOE would be charged with completing an inventory of oil shale resources before leasing public lands for research and development.Commercial leasing would not go forward until DOE prepares a programmatic environmental impact statement that would consider environmental and economic impacts.The bill received strong bi-partisan support, passing 82-12.Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), who helped craft the oil shale amendment in the energy bill, said he wants development to proceed slowly.I want to avoid a headlong plunge into oil shale development without research and development, he said. Its also important to know if the technology is available to develop oil shale in a commercially viable way.

One thing seems clear for a feasible partnership between the Garfield County Library and Roaring Fork School District: Its going to take an awfully lot of used books.The school district and library have talked of a partnership throughout the design process for the new Glenwood Springs High School, where the district has offered to house a library that would be operated by itself and the library. Despite concerns about the feasibility of combining two libraries with different missions and about the county librarys financial ability to build a new library, talks continued. Last week county officials meet with RTA Architects, the firm designing GSHS.The library now has about 9,000 square feet, but needs about 12,500, said county attorney Ed Green. At $150 per square foot, the library would need about $1.9 million, he said.

Roundabout construction at the West Glenwood interchange of Interstate 70 took a mighty leap forward earlier this week when the traffic signal at Mel Ray Road and Highway 6 was removed.Drivers will have to adjust to stop signs, uneven pavement and twisty detours. Traffic headed south on Midland or westbound on Interstate 70 is now detoured about 200 feet west of the intersection on to a temporary route.This week the Colorado Department of Transportation will reduce Highway 6 from four to two lanes, one in each direction. A new solid yellow stripe will be sprayed on the pavement to alert drivers to the new configuration, said CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks.While there will be no closure of Highway 6 during roundabout construction, there will certainly be some slows downs because of the single lanes, Shanks said.The eastbound on-ramp at Exit 114 will remain closed for approximately three more weeks while the south roundabout is constructed. Drivers who wish to travel east on I-70 are directed to detour on Highway 6 to Exit 116, the main Glenwood Springs exit.

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