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Dennis Rodman, the celebrity athlete known more for scandal and attitude than as a world champion basketball player, reportedly took a small momento at a deeply discounted rate of his brief stop in Glenwood Springs Tuesday.Glenwood Springs police responded to the Tomahawk Auto Truck Plaza in West Glenwood where a clerk reported a gas skip and theft. The clerk reported that Rodman certainly a highly recognizable figure entered the convenience store, tried on a cowboy hat, told the clerk he liked it, and signed an autograph. Then he put $20 on the counter, which he said was for gas, and left, said Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson.Unfortunately $40 worth of gas was put in the car, and there was the cost of the hat to consider, said Wilson.Rodman could be charged with theft if the Tomahawk chose to pursue charges, but as Wilson understood the situation Tuesday evening, payment was being sent to the Tomahawk.The Glenwood Police called the Colorado State Patrol, but that was far from the end of the story.Rodman, 44, was pulled over for reckless driving and speeding as he drove his Lamborghini through Summit County Tuesday morning, Colorado State Patrol Capt. Ron Prater said.
The BLM is so busy handing out drilling permits it doesnt have time to watch over actual drilling operations.Increased demand for natural gas and pressure from the federal government have caused the Bureau of Land Management to fall behind on inspections.That was the finding of an investigation by the Government Accountability Office that looked at eight busy BLM offices. It found that those offices, in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah, for the most part, are so busy issuing drilling permits theyre not able to keep up with environmental inspections.The offices investigated were Glenwood Springs; Miles City, Montana; Carlsbad and Farmington, New Mexico; Vernal, Utah; and Buffalo, Rawlins, and Pinedale, Wyoming.Since 1999, the number of drilling permits the BLM has issued has more than tripled, from 1,803 in 1999 to 6,399 in 2004.
Glenwood Springs aviators are making the area community an offer they hope never will be needed.Dick Weinberg, manager of the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport, is organizing an effort by hangar owners to make the facilities available as shelters for evacuees in case of fires, floods, mud slides or other emergencies.Weinberg said he got the idea from an acquaintance in the Florida Panhandle who organized something similar to help people who are forced out of their homes by hurricanes.I said, Gee, we dont have hurricanes, but we have mud, floods and everything like that.Weinberg said the 35,000 square feet of enclosed hangar space could be helpful to evacuees.
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