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Garfield County officials, and interested citizens, will get two chances today to learn about the possible closure of vehicular access to controversial County Road 245, otherwise known as East Elk Creek Road north of New Castle.

The Garfield County commissioners will make a site visit to the point where the road enters the White River National Forest, meeting at the gate at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

At 6 p.m. tonight, there is to be a joint public meeting of the county commissioners and the New Castle Board of Trustees at the New Castle Community Center to discuss the possible closure.

If a decision is made at the meeting to keep the road open to vehicles, a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Forest Service would be placed on an upcoming county commissioner meeting agenda regarding maintenance of the road.

The Glenwood Springs Post Office asks postal customers to help the hungry and donate to the annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive this Saturday, May 14.

All the food collected will go to local food banks to provide meals for the needy throughout the year.

To donate, leave a bag of food by your mailbox on Saturday before your mail delivery time. Residents using post office boxes can also drop food into the food drive bin at the Glenwood Springs Post Office anytime this week, through Saturday.

Food items should be nonperishable items, such as canned meats, soup, fruits and vegetables, pasta, cereal or powdered milk.

The annual postal food drive started in 1993. Since then, more than a billion pounds of food have been collected by letter carriers and post offices. A total of 10,000 communities and post offices in all 50 states are participating this year.

PARACHUTE (AP) – Oil and gas regulators have scheduled a hearing for a company that spilled more than 100,000 gallons of drilling fluid in western Colorado.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission scheduled the hearing for next week, more than three years after the release.

The Daily Sentinel reports Berry Petroleum reported the spill above Garden Gulch, a Parachute Creek tributary, in January 2008, but officials believe the spill began earlier. A fine hasn’t been proposed yet, but officials believe the spill caused significant environmental impacts.

Regulators say Marathon Oil spilled about 1.26 million gallons of fracturing fluids at the same time. A hearing for Marathon hasn’t been scheduled yet.

Regulators say the fluids froze waterfalls, inciting environmental concerns. Company officials say spill tests indicate contaminant levels were below drinking water standards.

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