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Skeptical neighbors on Grass Mesa where EnCana says a new water storage pond will cut down on traffic took their worries to the Garfield County Commissioners today.EnCana won approval from the commissioners to store treated water from drilled gas wells in the pond. The water will be recycled in drilling other wells.Garland Anderson, who lives in Grass Mesa south of Rifle, said when EnCana originally came to the homeowners with the idea, the water would be drawn from the Colorado River.They touted it that it would be used for fire (fighting). We agreed to allow it. But things have changed, he said.Anderson said he worries the plant that treats the water on Hunter Mesa could break down and send untreated, polluted water to the pond. And theres always the possibility the lined pond could breech and water leak into neighbors wells.
The longest Rifle Municipal Court jury trial in recent history has brought some interesting legal questions to the forefront.In a trial that lasted a day and a half, Travis Dice was found not guilty of interfering with a peace officer and Brett Smith was found not guilty of resisting arrest. Their joint trial wrapped up Friday.Both men were tased on Third Street in Rifle early in the morning Aug. 15, 2004.This was one of the most interesting municipal court cases Ive handled in the last two and a half years, said Rifle Municipal Court Judge Victor Zerbi. It was well-tried on both sides and the jury had some difficult issues to consider.The case pitted Rifle codes against state statutes. If Zerbis decisions are appealed, the state or Federal government could determine which laws will stick state or city. Appeals will not effect the not-guilty verdict for Dice and Smith.The two men were found not guilty on the grounds that they acted in self-defense.
Eric Lundin admits theres a special feeling to first day of team practice.Oh yeah, theres a buzz to it, said the Glenwood Springs High School senior as he laced up his cleats for the opening day of football practice early Monday morning.Everybodys excited and kind of nervous, said the returning Demons quarterback. Its a whole different feeling than team camp because you never know whats quite in store.Feelings which ran the gamut from locating enough large football helmets to outfit prospective players to finding a teams practice field.
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