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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” William Masoner no longer faces attempted murder charges after being accused of severely beating three men with a baseball bat at a hillside transient camp just outside the city.

Deputy District Attorney James Leuthauser said in court that he filed a “detailed and lengthy” motion not to pursue charges. He indicated the investigation is ongoing and charges could be brought in the future.

“Obviously, I think it’s the right decision,” public defender Tina Fang said. “I think this is one of the strongest incidents of self-defense I have ever seen.”

Fang asked for Masoner, 38, to be immediately released, saying he’s already spent about 30 days in the Garfield County Jail.

Both attorneys said after the hearing they couldn’t discuss the case further.

Magistrate Lain Leoniak signed an order granting the motion not to pursue charges and Masoner was expected to be released Wednesday afternoon.

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is investigating four natural gas companies for a waste discharge northwest of Parachute that allegedly contaminated a spring that feeds one cabin’s drinking water, state records show.

The alleged contamination sent Ned Prather, an area guide and outfitter, to the hospital with throat problems after he drank water from his cabin’s faucet, according to a state notice of alleged violation (NOAV) filed against Nonsuch Natural Gas, Marathon Oil Co., Williams Production RMT and Petroleum Development Corp.

State oil and gas regulators are also looking at two additional releases of waste that have reportedly affected groundwater northwest of Parachute.

Those two spills occurred about two to three weeks after the one that sent Prather to the hospital.

One of the discharges reportedly caused water contaminated by oil and gas waste to emanate from several springs in the area of Cascade Canyon, northwest of Parachute, and to flow into nearby tributaries, according to state records.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is investigating Williams Production RMT and Oxy USA WTP, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corp., for an alleged discharge of exploration and production waste that occurred around June 23 in the Rock Spring area, according to a state NOAV issued against both companies. That area is about nine miles northwest of Parachute and near the head of Willow Creek.

The second discharge occurred around June 16 and occurred near Cascade Canyon about eight miles northwest of Parachute. Oxy notified the COGCC that water impacted by exploration and production waste was emanating from several springs in the area and “was flowing into and down tributaries to Cascade Canyon,” according to another NOAV filed against Oxy. Williams was not cited in that release.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” In the game of golf there is no going backward, there is only moving forward. That was Steve Lundin’s philosophy on the game. And his life paralleled it to a T.

More than 300 family members and friends gathered at the freshly cut tee box on hole No. 1 at Glenwood Springs Golf Club Monday morning to pay their final respects to Lundin. There were no birdie putts or bad lies. Instead, the grass was cut just for Steve. The sun warmed the shoulders of Steve’s wife, Debbie; his kids, Jennica, Rebecca and Eric; his brothers Fritz Jr., Kurt and Gus; his sister Patti; his stepmom Cindy; and his many friends, one last reminder of his firm embrace.

Smiles overpowered tears. Laughter ruled over cries.

“This is going to be a celebration,” said lifelong friend and Glenwood Police Chief Terry Wilson as the ceremony began. “It’s going to be brief. There will only be a few speakers and then we are going to eat, drink and laugh. Steve never whined, he lived. This is about moving forward. He didn’t have a reverse. And we are going to move forward, too.”

Steve Lundin passed away on June 23 from colon cancer. He was 49 years old.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The City Council does not support allowing private pest control companies to poison pigeons.

City manager Jeff Hecksel kicked off a discussion on the matter Thursday by saying, “The question at hand is whether or not to amend the city’s cruelty to animals ordinance to allow private vendors to poison pigeons.”

He said the city has no intention of poisoning pigeons itself. By the end of the discussion, a few city councilors had said they were against allowing poison, and none said they would support it.

The city staff determined poisoning pigeons violates the city’s cruelty to animals ordinance. The ordinance says it’s illegal to poison animals unless an animal owner decides to euthanize animals for health and safety.

Councilor Russ Arensman questioned whether the city should extend its authority over pigeons.

“I think it’s a very relevant question,” Arensman said. “Where do we stop? If we regulate the pigeons here do we go after squirrels and the Canada geese?”

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Inside Geno’s Liquors, there is a large sign on the counter. It’s a simple message: “Yes, we are now open on Sunday.”

While most liquor stores in Colorado have struggled to keep that from happening for many years, Jeptha Hoffman is OK with it. The manager at Geno’s says it’s a great idea.

“I think you should be able to buy alcohol any time you want to,” said Hoffman, as he worked the register and helped several people about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

June 6 was the first time Coloradans have been able to buy booze on a Sunday since the end of Prohibition in the early 1930s.

The change comes after the state legislature approved a bill earlier this year that now allows the sale of booze on Sunday. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter later signed off on the law. Colorado is now the 35th state to permit Sunday liquor sales.

A coalition of liquor store owners supported the change because of a competing bill in the legislature that would have allowed supermarkets, convenience stores and larger chains to sell alcohol.

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