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GYPSUM – Two men were arrested and 239 marijuana plants were found when investigators, acting on a tip, searched at home at 90 Beacon Court in Gypsum around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the Eagle County’s Sheriff’s Office says.

Psilocybin mushrooms and several pounds of hashish were also found, and altogether, the drugs seized have an estimated street value of $30,000, the Eagle County’s Sheriff’s Office says.

Alvaro Medina, 22, and Adam Coleman, 25, both of whom are residents of the home, are now in custody at the Eagle County Detention Center. Medina has a bond set for $50,000 and Coleman has a bond set for $7,500. Jacob Macias, 23, also of 90 Beacon Court, was summonsed and released on misdemeanor charges.

The home has been condemned by the town of Gypsum due to fire hazard and multiple other building code violations.

If you think you may have any information regarding illegal drug activity, you can call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at (970) 328-7007, or 1 (800) 972-TIPS; or submit your tip online at http://www.tipsubmit.com; or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to $1,000 reward from Crime Stoppers.

The Garfield County Democratic and Republican party assemblies are the next step in the local and state political process.

The Republican County Assembly will be held on Saturday, April 3, from 8 a.m. to noon at Glenwood Springs High School auditorium, 1521 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs.

The Democrats’ County Assembly is set for Saturday, April 10, beginning at 10 a.m. at Coal Ridge High School, located on U.S. 6 between New Castle and Silt.

Following the local assemblies will be the state assembly for each party to select ballot nominees, both scheduled for Saturday, May 22. Republican delegates will gather at the Budweiser Events Center, in Loveland, while the Democrats will convene at the Broomfield Events Center.

MESA COUNTY – On Sunday, March 21, a section of westbound Interstate 70, from Exit 62 (at DeBeque) to Exit 49 (at SH 65) will be fully closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for bridge work at mile marker 58 (the east end of DeBeque Canyon). The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor American Civil Constructors are replacing one of the bridge piers, where river flows – which have changed course over the years – have caused scouring to the structure.

The work will involve transferring the load of the bridge from the old pier wall to the newly constructed pier cap and two vertical caissons. This work must be done while there is no traffic on the bridge structure, in order to minimize the bridge’s load and flexing during the removal of the old pier.

During the work, westbound traffic will be detoured onto Mesa County Road 451⁄2 (at DeBeque) south for 12 miles to SH 65. Motorists will then travel north on SH 65 for 15 miles and back onto westbound I-70 at MP 49. The detour route will be posted, and traffic control personnel will be present at the major intersections to maintain safe I-70 traffic flow.

As an additional safety precaution during the work hours, no northbound traffic will be allowed to travel on the southern section of CR 451⁄2, south of mile point 9. (South of MP 9, CR 451⁄2 is narrow and windy in some areas and the addition of detoured I-70 traffic, including large trucks, presents safety concerns.) Any northbound traffic that is south of MP 9 will be detoured north onto SH 65.

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