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The Glenwood Springs Fire Department is teaming with other area emergency response agencies to conduct a mock drunken-driving fatal accident this morning at Glenwood Springs High School, in advance of the high school’s prom weekend.

Steve Sandoval, a firefighter engineer with the department, has been working with a team of GSHS students to prepare accompanying videos that will be shown to GSHS juniors and seniors before and after the mock accident scene is played out.

The mock accident will take place outside between the front parking lot and the practice field between 9-10 a.m.



Participating agencies include the fire department, the Glenwood Springs Police Department, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, the Colorado State Patrol and Valley View Hospital.

The mock scene will also include a live helicopter landing by Tri-State Care Flight, weather permitting.



This is the first mock drinking-and-driving accident to be held at GSHS in several years, and is intended to serve as a warning to students to make smart choices when out enjoying prom, graduation and other end-of-the-school-year celebrations.

An Aurora woman remains in stable condition at a Denver area hospital after sustaining serious injuries in a single-car accident last Sunday.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, Elizabeth Abbot, 52, of Aurora, was injured when her vehicle went off Highway 82, near mile marker 4 south of Glenwood Springs, and collided with an embankment. The CSP reported that her vehicle was traveling westbound on Highway 82, when it lost control. The vehicle traveled across the median into the eastbound lanes, and continued off the south side of the roadway, down an embankment, where it collided with another embankment next to the bike path.

The accident was reported about 8:40 a.m. Sunday morning. However, investigators believe the accident occurred earlier that morning because the vehicle’s engine was cold by the time emergency personnel arrived.

The driver was cited for careless driving causing bodily injury. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

A fire Tuesday night in Battlement Mesa gutted a mobile home, but fire crews were able to keep the blaze from spreading to other nearby homes.

Emergency crews were dispatched at 7:22 p.m. to 174 Tamarisk Trail. Two deputies from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and 12 firefighters from the Grand Valley Fire Protection District promptly responded to the scene with two patrol vehicles, two engines and an ambulance.

According to Capt. Eric Langner, it took less than 10 minutes for firefighters to knock down the smoke and flames emanating from the unit’s central kitchen/living room area. Flames were rolling out the open front door and three windows popped as they surrounded the structure and turned off its gas and electric utilities. During the following mop-up stage, firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to locate any lingering hot spots in the ceiling and walls; they remained on scene late into the night to ensure no latent ignition occurred.

The rapid response negated the need to evacuate any other nearby homes. A Sheriff’s Office Victim Specialist assisted the occupant in finding temporary housing for the night.

The initial cause of the fire was deemed to be an unattended kitchen stove grease fire. The Battlement Mesa Company owns the three bedroom unit and had rented it to the single occupant.

There were no injuries, but the central part of the unit is considered a complete loss with significant smoke damage throughout the front and rear bedrooms.

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a natural gas well development proposal, approximately six miles south of New Castle.

Antero Resources Corporation’s North Castle Springs Master Development Plan proposes up to 284 new wells from up to 16 well pads over five-years beginning in the summer of 2010. Antero would build 13 new well pads and expand three existing well pads under the proposal. The majority of the wells would be drilled directionally.

Antero proposes constructing up to 10.6 miles of new and upgraded access roads and up to 14.1 miles of new and replacement pipelines. The area proposed for development encompasses approximately 6,060 acres of Federal lands and minerals. Garfield County Roads 311 and 335 would provide primary access for the proposed development.

BLM requires operators to submit these multi-year Master Development Plans to facilitate an orderly development of the federal leases. Master Development Plans allow BLM to better identify environmental impacts and appropriate measures to mitigate these impacts.

BLM will prepare an Environmental Assessment on this master plan. Before it completes the EA, BLM wants to hear any specific issues, concerns and comments the public would like to see addressed through the assessment. Comments will be most helpful if received by May 31, 2010.

Written comments and questions should be directed to the Colorado River Valley Field Office at 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, Colo., 81652. Electronic comments may be submitted to gsfomail@co.blm.gov. Copies of the Master Development Plan further detailing the proposed oil and gas development are available at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/crvfo.


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