Following is a preview of tomorrow’s headlines
Another election season is about to hit your mailbox.There are no president-wannabes on the ballot and, despite Carbondale Republican Marc Holtzmans campaign, there arent any gubernatorial candidates either. The Nov. 1 election is mostly about taxes, including Referendum C and D, the only county-wide question to appear on ballots County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf will send out between Oct. 13 and Oct. 17.The city of Glenwood Springs will simultaneously mail out a separate ballot which will ask voters to approve Ballot Question 2A, which, if approved, will slightly increase the citys sales tax.City manager Jeff Hecksel said the new tax, which will amount to a nickel for every $10 spent, will be used for city-wide road improvements.
Since the Bureau of Land Management announced its oil shale research and development leasing program earlier this month, eight energy companies in Colorado have applied for a chance to make the alternative energy source an economic reality.The eight, ranging from companies involved in the oil shale boom of the early 80s to new ventures, are among 19 companies that applied for parcels of public land in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. The three states hold the worlds largest concentration of oil shale, the equivalent, BLM says, of 2.6 trillion barrels of oil, 20 times more than the total U.S. oil resource of 116.5 billion barrels.Exxon Mobile and Chevron Shale Oil Co. have applied for the 160-acre leases, said James Edwards, chief of the solid minerals branch of the BLM state office in Lakewood. Both were key players in the oil shale boom of the late 70s and early 80s. Exxon pulled out of its Colony Oil Shale Project on Sunday, May 2, 1982, leaving more than 2,000 people without jobs and precipitating an economic bust that still reverberates in Garfield County.
As if Mother Nature didnt do enough for the valley last winter with all that fresh powder and in the spring with gnarly rapids, this fall she will keep on giving.Autumn leaves should turn from shades of green to brilliant yellow, red and orange hues for a longer duration, said Cathy Carlisle-McMullen, visitor information specialist for the U.S. Forest Service office in Carbondale.Really, I think were going to have a later peak season and, because of our snowfall last winter and because our watershed levels were higher than normal and with all that moisture, the greenery should stay green longer, Carlisle-McMullen said. Therefore, we should have a slower turn around of color. Unless we receive a harsh breeze or large snowstorm, we should be looking at late September and early October for peak season.According to the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, moisture in the fall keeps leaves bright and colorful longer. Dryer conditions cause leaf color to fade to brown and drop faster. Also, cooler temperatures, like the valley has seen in the last few weeks, supports a longer period of color change.
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After a gas line break was identified at the intersection of Midland Avenue and Mt. Sopris Drive, traffic is expected to resume at 1:30 p.m., the city said.