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Week in review

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A woman who had 86 cats living inside of Battlement Mesa apartment on Wednesday will not face any charges, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

All the cats are now at the Colorado Animal Rescue Shelter, where the staff is currently struggling to treat, clean and find new homes for all the shaken animals.

Tanny McGinnis, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said the department would not reveal the woman’s name or age since she has not been charged with any crimes.

She said sheriff’s deputies responded to the woman’s two-bedroom apartment in Battlement Mesa on Wednesday after she asked for assistance because she was moving and could not manage all the cats. There were no details about the woman’s current living situation.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A plan to build a base village and revive Sunlight Mountain Resort received a step toward approval from the Garfield County Planning Commission Wednesday night.

Planning commissioner Terry Ostrom said the project should go forward, in part because, “the folks out there didn’t elect us and the fact that we could deny a project based on not approving this comprehensive plan I think is an injustice to democracy.”

Commissioner Jock Jacober said, “I don’t think that we would be denying the project. I think that’s a mythology that’s been built up in this room that the ski area’s going to disappear if you don’t have 800 units at the base.”

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Bureau of Land Management on Monday issued leases for future drilling on the Roan Plateau following a U.S. Department of Interior decision to reject protests filed against the sale of those parcels.

The same day the BLM announced the dismissal of the Roan protests, 10 environmental groups filed a motion in federal court seeking to block the BLM from issuing those disputed Roan leases.

The groups ” which are currently suing the BLM to overturn its management plan for the Roan Plateau Planning Area ” are also requesting that U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger block any drilling activity those leases may allow and expedite consideration of the injunction request, court records show.

Steven Hall, a spokesman for the BLM, said the Department of Interior decided to reject the lease sale protests because they basically contested the plan for drilling in the Roan Plateau Planning Area, “rather than bringing any new information to light.”

“We determined issuing the leases were in accordance with direction we have gotten from Congress to lease the Roan Plateau and that our (environmental analysis) supported that decision,” Hall said.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The early morning sunshine revealed three mountain lions in Bruce and Jan Shugart’s Faranhyll Ranch home Sunday morning.

For Jan, the experience was more exhilarating than frightening, she confessed.

“Actually it was really cool,” Jan said. “They are gorgeous animals, and you could see their paws up close and their muscular bodies, it was fascinating.”

Bruce first discovered one of the mountain lions coming around the side of the house as he enjoyed the morning air from the deck of their home, located about three-and-a-half miles up Four Mile Road. He then went to get Jan so she could see the feline for herself. But upon their return there were two more mountain lions going through their garden. At one point the lions were within about 10 feet of their patio door looking right into their dining room, Jan said.

“They were meandering around the house, just lollygagging, not in a hurry at all,” Jan explained. “They just kind of hung out in the yard for a while.”

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Construction of traffic-slowing measures on Midland Avenue is under way, and four solar-powered speed display signs have already appeared.

The signs display the speed limit and flash drivers’ speeds back at them. At a certain speed, the signs flash red and blue ” conjuring the image of police lights in the rear-view mirror.

In January, the City Council approved proceeding with the first of three phases to place 14 “traffic calming” devices on Midland Avenue in order to get people to actually drive the 25 mph speed limit instead of the typical 32 mph or more. The first phase was expected to cost about $290,000 of the total $1.7 million price tag of all three phases of construction.

The first phase includes the four speed display signs, plus three speed tables and two raised pedestrian crossings. One of the crossings will be combined with a landscape median.

Assistant City Engineer King Lloyd said the city is in the process of bidding out the remaining features to contractors. It’s unclear exactly when the remaining features will go in.

“It kind of depends upon the successful bidder’s workload and of course primarily the weather,” Lloyd said.

The city awarded a contract for planning and design of the traffic features to the Loris and Associates engineering firm for $250,000.

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