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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Thousands of people flooded the Two Rivers Convention Center on Tuesday to sound off about proposed rules the COGCC is currently drafting for the state’s oil and gas industry. The vast majority of the crowd ” estimated to be around 1,200 to 2,000, according to the Grand Junction Police Department and others ” was oil and gas workers, who wore stickers saying “Don’t rule us out” and “Oil and Gas feeds my family.”

A large contingent of those who spoke before COGCC commissioners during the public comment hearing Tuesday blasted the proposed rules. State legislators also warned the nine commission members that any rules they approve will have to be reviewed by the state legislature and that they should not expect them to be “rubber-stamped.”

The first 20 speakers at the COGCC hearing Tuesday criticized the proposed rules, with each one earning a round of applause from the largely pro-industry group.



Laura Bradford, a Collbran resident running to represent state House District 55 in the state legislature, told the commissioners to slow down in their rule-making process, adding that the last oil and gas industry rules rewrite took several years to complete.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Prosecutors were granted more time Wednesday to decide about filing charges against a man accused of beating three men with a baseball bat in a hillside transient camp.



William Isaiah Masoner, 38, was arrested on suspicion of charges of attempted second-degree murder, second-degree assault and menacing on May 31. Masoner wore the Garfield County Jail’s maximum-security red jumpsuit in court and did not post a $100,000 bond Wednesday.

After 10 p.m. on May 31, Garfield County deputies responded to a report of an assault on the hillside above Wal-Mart and talked to a witness nearby. She said that a man named “Will” had “freaked out” and attacked three other men from behind with a log or stick at one of the camps, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“They were lying in heaps, and blood was everywhere,” she told deputies, shaking almost uncontrollably and on the verge of tears, according to an arrest affidavit.

The woman told deputies “Will” came at her with the club and she fled.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A pest control company recently asked the city of Glenwood Springs about poisoning pigeons. In an April 21 letter, the company wrote that pest management companies are receiving “many calls about the great number of pigeons in town.”

The letter says pigeon droppings can carry a number of diseases and can damage structures because they’re acidic.

“We are searching for ways to provide our clients the protection they need that still has little environmental impact,” the letter states.

The company said trapping and “exclusion products” have had limited results, and Front Range pest control companies recommended using Avitrol. It’s a poison that is fatal to a portion of the flock and frightens pigeons from using a specific location.

Hecksel responded to the proposition of using Avitrol by saying he consulted the city attorney and it seems clear that poisoning pigeons violates a cruelty to animals ordinance. A copy of the ordinance says it’s illegal to poison animals except if an animal owner decides to euthanize animals for the purpose of health and safety.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A top local prosecutor and a county court prosecutor both indicated they’re resigning Thursday.

They’ll leave the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office four attorneys short. A fifth attorney will also likely need to be hired to handle a new district judge in August.

Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitch, who recently won a statewide award for being a super prosecutor in a small jurisdiction, submitted a letter of resignation Wednesday.

Deputy District Attorney Kate Brewer also said she’s resigning. She prosecuted county court cases for about a year. District Attorney Martin Beeson said Brewer wanted to move back to Denver for a job in a private law firm.

Fitch worked with the local DA’s office for about 2 1⁄2 years after prosecuting cases in Craig. She plans to work for the DA’s office in Colorado Springs.

“I think that this just isn’t a good fit anymore,” Fitch said. “And I think there will be more opportunity for advancement.”

District Attorney Martin Beeson said, “Amy’s resignation came as somewhat of a surprise to me.”

SILT, Colorado ” They came into Nanci Limbach’s care at different times. But they took flight together, flying away from Limbach and others who helped them recover.

On Sunday, Limbach released four great horned owls back into the wild on an East Divide Creek ranch south of Silt after caring for them for about a year at the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation, which is also south of Silt.

“It is exciting to have them go,” said Limbach, executive director of the foundation.

Two of the released owls came in to Limbach’s care about a year ago with broken wings, she said.

A Grand Junction veterinarian fixed the owls’ wings, and they later underwent physical therapy. Limbach and others then put the owls into a cage, where they forced them to fly, she said.

“Once they recovered well enough, we had some youngsters (owls) that came in and didn’t have parents, and we put them in with them to teach (the young owls) how to hunt and kill,” Limbach said. “They are all getting released together.”


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