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NEW CASTLE – A burglary at a New Castle-area ranch late last week resulted in the theft of several firearms and more than $1,200 in cash, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies were called Friday morning to investigate a report of a burglary at a building on the West Elk Creek Ranch north of New Castle.

“Miscellaneous items, including several firearms and a small amount of cash totaling approximately $1,260 were taken from inside the building,” according to sheriff’s reports.

The case is still under investigation, and deputies do not have any suspects at this time. Charges would include felony-level theft, criminal trespass and first degree burglary.

The Glenwood Canyon bike path along Interstate 70 reopened Monday in all sections that were previously closed due to high water, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The path had been closed from the Shoshone Power Plant to the Hanging Lake Tunnel, as well as east of the Bair Ranch Rest Area, due to the high runoff on the Colorado River.

For any additional travel restrictions, visit CDOT’s Traveler Information website at http://www.cotrip.org.

The Carbondale Board of Trustees continues its review of the Overlook Neighborhood development at its regular meeting tonight, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave.

The proposal put forth by John Foulkrod, a town trustee who is also manager of Carbondale LLC, is to rezone the 13-acre former Mine Services property from industrial to a mix of residential and commercial zoning through a planned unit development.

The development plan calls for more than 160 houses and about 40,000 square feet of new commercial space, plus a possible 50-room hotel.

At a May 12 meeting, trustees generally agreed that rezoning of the property is acceptable. Tonight’s meeting will get into the core issues of the development plan, including density, relation to the surrounding neighborhood, adequacy of the open space plan, and any other community impacts.

Each year the Forest Service receives and evaluates numerous proposals for special activities on National Forest system lands. These activities, if deemed an appropriate use of the National Forest, are authorized under the terms of a recreation event permit. The Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest is currently reviewing three such event proposals.

• The Boy Scouts of America have proposed holding a Merit Badge Rally at a site 0.8 miles east of Meadow Lake in a dispersed camping area on July 15-19, 2009.

They are proposing a maximum of 200 participants. Attendants of this rally would be learning first aid, emergency preparedness, forestry, soil and water conservation, communication, canoeing, camping, cooking, archaeology, environmental science, historic trails and fish and wildlife management.

• The city of Rifle Parks and Recreation Department has submitted an application to hold its annual Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase 5 mile road race using two miles of Forest Service Road 832 on Aug. 1, 2009. They are proposing a maximum of 220 people at this event. Signs will be posted along the route informing traffic of the event.

• The American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) has applied for permission to conduct three bicycle events in the vicinity of Meadow Lake on Aug. 15 and 16, 2009. This recreation event offers a 50-mile and 25-mile sanctioned endurance ride and a 14-mile fun ride along existing roads and trails. They are proposing approximately 150 participants.

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