Local News Briefs
SILT, Colorado – According to town officials, approximately 300 ballots, of the 1,547 mailed out for the current municipal election, have been returned as “undeliverable” by the U.S. Postal Service.
Town Clerk Sheila McIntyre said that getting that many ballots back – amounting to around 20 percent of the total – is not that out of the ordinary for Silt municipal elections.
But, she said, any residents who have not received their ballot yet should contact her to see if their ballot is back at Town Hall. If it is, it can be picked up by the voter prior to April 6 and still be counted in the election.
McIntyre said all ballots must be received at Town Hall no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, April 7.
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado (AP) – A teen from Colorado Springs died in a rollover accident on Interstate 70 that may have been triggered by a blown tire.
Nineteen-year-old Levi Patrick was riding in the backseat of a 1993 Jeep Wrangler with three other teens on Saturday near Eagle when the driver lost control and went off the highway. Three of the occupants, including Patrick, were thrown from the vehicle.
The Colorado State Patrol says it doesn’t appear that drugs, alcohol or speeding played a role in the crash. Troopers are investigating the possibility of a sudden tire failure.
The three other teens suffered injuries ranging from moderate to serious. They are 17-year-old Nathaniel Matteson and 18-year-olds Chase Yeager and Jefferson Oakey, all of Monument.
Western slope firefighters will gather in Rifle for the third annual Wildland Firefighter Oil and Gas Safety Summit on April 1.
According to organizers, the primary goal of the summit is to prepare firefighters for the hazards caused when wildfires occur in the vicinity of oil and gas fields.
In addition, there will be training in powerline safety, and training in the use of the GasBadge, a portable device used to monitor and detect unsafe levels of dangerous gases.
The event is expected to draw firefighters from throughout the region, including Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming, and will be held at the Colorado Mountain College West Garfield Campus in Rifle.
It is free to participants, and is sponsored by CMC, Garfield County, the Rifle Fire Protection District, the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit (UCRIFMU), the White River Electric Association and Williams Production.
For information and to register in advance, contact Doug Paul with the UCRIFMU at (970) 244-3106.
Starting April 7, residential trash and recycling collection within New Castle town limits will be provided by Mountain Roll-Offs Inc. MRI was the successful bidder to provide these services. The town of New Castle wishes to notify customers of the following:
• Trash and recycling collection day will not change. Please place trash and recycle bins at the curb by 7 a.m. each Wednesday.
• March 31 is the last day that Waste Management will collect trash and recycling. The blue BFI recycling bins and green WM recycling bins are property of Waste Management. Waste Management will remove those bins on March 31.
• By April 6, MRI will provide its own recycling bins to each residential customer, free of charge.
• MRI will collect recyclables each Wednesday. Formerly, recyclables were collected every two weeks.
• MRI will accept the following for recycling: aluminum cans; tin and steel cans; glass bottles and jars; plastics #1 through #7; newspapers and all inserts; corrugated cardboard; and noncorrugated cardboard, such as cereal boxes. According to MRI, New Castle will be one of the rare communities in Colorado with curbside recycling of cardboard.
• The town does not charge customers an additional fee to participate in curbside recycling.
• Over the next three months, MRI will provide a 68-gallon trash container to each senior residential customer and a 96-gallon trash container to each other residential customer, free of charge.
MRI will soon provide additional information and guidelines.
The town does not anticipate increasing trash and recycling collection rates through the end of 2010.
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The family of Rosie Ferrin has worked to clean up and make safe again the old schoolhouse in downtown New Castle. Ferrin died this summer and had owned the building that included classrooms turned into apartments for years.