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Despite having her credit cards yanked by Garfield County, 9th Judicial District Attorney Colleen Truden got the OK for a $405,809 supplement to her budget Monday.County officials canceled a number of office credit cards because Truden was not meeting accounting requirements.Letters from County Finance Director Patsy Hernandez and County Manager Ed Green on July 8 took the embattled first-term district attorney to task for spending more than half her budget since she took office in January and not submitting invoices on time.Truden has come under fire since nine attorneys and staff left shortly after she took office. She has also been criticized for hiring her husband for computer work in her office.
A Parachute man is facing felony and misdemeanor charges after a high-speed motorcycle chase with Colorado State Patrol on Interstate 70 Saturday.Clint Knox, 22, was one of two motorcyclists who prompted a high-speed pursuit after a Colorado State Patrol trooper clocked them traveling at 120 mph in a 75-mph zone near Eagle.Knox was released from the Garfield County Jail Sunday on a $7,050 bond. He is charged with vehicular eluding a felony exhibition of speed, speeding through a construction zone, reckless driving, passing illegally, and disregarding a traffic control device.The second motorcyclist, who has not been unidentified, reached speeds of more than 165 mph along I-70 before troopers ended their pursuit for traffic safety concerns. Police are looking into a possible connection involving an injured man found Sunday morning on County Road 311, two miles south of Silt, who crashed his motorcycle Saturday evening.
The Garfield County Commissioners Monday awarded $35,000 to the Saccomano Research Institute of Grand Junction to begin a two-year study of health risks, if any, associated with the oil and gas industry in the county.Saccomano, a part of St. Marys Hospital, is best known for research into lung cancer associated with uranium workers. It focuses on public exposure to environmental and occupational threats to human health.The $64,999 study will be funded from a $371,200 fine on EnCana Oil & Gas USA levied last year. The record fine was imposed after natural gas from an EnCana well surfaced last year in West Divide Creek south of Silt. The bulk of the money is funding a hydrogeological study in the area of the seep.Earlier this month, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which is administering the fine monies, agreed to award the contract to Saccomano.
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Glenwood Canyon likely to remain closed for ‘weeks’ as I-70 assessed, repaired following numerous mudslides
Interstate 70 will likely remain closed for several weeks, as Colorado Department of Transportation crews work to assess the extent of damage from several days of heavy rains and debris slides from the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar.