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CARBONDALE, Colorado – The town of Carbondale suspended its fire ban effective Friday, Aug. 3, in conjunction with the lifting of fire bans by Garfield County and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Recent rains have increased humidity and vegetation moisture, which prompted the lifting of fire restrictions throughout the region.

Carbondale trustees will be considering a resolution to officially rescind the fire ban at the regular on Aug. 14 meeting, according to Jay Harrington, town manager.



GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Igor Skorev, who was due for trial this week on a long list of charges, has instead pleaded guilty to three counts in return for dismissal of the rest.

Skorev, 21, of Henderson, was arrested on April 22 after leading Colorado state troopers on a high-speed, midnight chase on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. It ended in a crash that resulted in injuries to one of the troopers.



Skorev is pleading guilty to eluding police in a vehicle, resisting arrest and drunk driving. The dismissed charges include reckless endangerment and driving without a valid license.

If convicted, Skorev faces three years in prison on the eluding charge under normal sentencing guidelines.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 6 by Garfield District Judge Denise Lynch.

VERNAL, Utah (AP) – The Uintah County Commission is acknowledging a “technical” violation of the state’s open-meeting law when it met to privately discuss a federal plan for oil shale development with officials from Utah, Wyoming and Colorado.

Utah law generally requires 24-hour notice be given before public meetings. The Deseret News reports that in court records filed Wednesday, county attorney Jonathan Stearmer said notice for the 10 a.m. March 27 meeting on oil shale was posted at 10:04 a.m. March 26.

Vernal resident Sandy Hansen had filed a lawsuit alleging the March meeting was illegal.

Stearmer says Uintah County commissioners have voted to rescind a resolution they passed during the meeting that blasted the federal government’s plan to limit the land available for oil shale development. Commissioners plan to revisit it Monday.


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