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Staff reports
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RULISON, Colorado ” A fire that consumed a drilling rig on Wednesday was brought under control later in the day.

Donna Gray, a spokeswoman for Williams Production RMT, said the fire at the drilling rig south of the Colorado River and east of Rulison was extinguished about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The fire erupted at the drilling site about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

There were no injuries, and the fire was contained to the wellpad. Fire crews from the Rifle Fire Protection District and the Grand Valley Fire Protection District, along with officials from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the fire.



GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Voters won’t decide this fall whether the city can issue some $12 million in bonds to pay for expanding Glenwood’s fiber-optic network.

The question was expected to be on a ballot this fall, but now it’s unclear when it may be posed to voters.



“We’re still doing our due diligence in the areas of a market assessment, verifying costs and revenues and doing some very preliminary engineering and basically assessing our system,” said City Manager Jeff Hecksel.

The city continues to look into expanding its fiber-optic network installed in 2002. The current network directly connects only to businesses in some areas, but the expansion would allow the city to sell Internet, television and phone service directly to homes. The city would probably sell off its wireless infrastructure and customers, and then partner with private companies, giving them exclusive rights to the network.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park is making national waves and just appeared in National Geographic Adventure magazine.

The whitewater park turned up in the September issue of the magazine in a section called “Next Weekend: Instant Adventures.” It went out earlier this month.

“Thanks to a new million dollar whitewater park, paddlers are guaranteed a standing wave in the heart of town almost any day of the year. ‘Super sick’ is how kayakers are extolling Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park’s main feature, an eight foot high crest,” the magazine says. “It’s a brilliant venue for anyone’s arsenal of playboating tricks, be they spins, blunts or McNasties.”

Jason Carey, of http://www.RiverRestoration. org, said, “This is national press ” so I think it’s fantastic.” His company designed Glenwood’s park.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Five-year-old Spencer Evans hid his face by touching his forehead against the cinder-block wall outside of Sara Peuschold’s kindergarten room at Glenwood Springs Elementary School Monday morning.

He still had five minutes before the bell would ring in the new school year. He was prepared in every way, his new shoes not yet scuffed from recess play, his backpack colors and fabric still crisp and full.

“Do you want to give me a kiss?” asked his mother, Danielle Evans as she knelt down to Spencer’s eye level.

Spencer shook his head signaling to his mother that this wasn’t the appropriate time for that kind of behavior.

“Should we wait for later?” Evans asked her little man.

His head nodding to indicate a ‘yes’.

Ms. Peuschold approached Spencer and his mother just outside the threshold of her classroom and greeted them.

“Hello, Spencer,” Peuschold said. “How are you today? Do you want to come in and find your seat?”

A hesitant Spencer looked to his mother for confirmation before entering the room.

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” U.S. Senate candidate Mark Udall said Saturday that he will continue to fight to keep a ban in place that blocks the Bureau of Land Management from issuing final oil shale leasing regulations.

In recent weeks, Republicans have criticized Udall, a Democrat who represents Colorado’s second congressional district, and Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., for their support of that measure. President Bush argued on Saturday that the ban should be scrapped.


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