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RIFLE Steve Carters name is a familiar one to those in the Rifle area.And it may become more familiar if the former Garfield County judge is successful in his run to become a county commissioner in Novembers election.Carter, a Democrat and partner in the Carter & Sands law firm in Rifle, retired as county judge in 2004 after 32 years on the job.I am not the Steve Carter thats in real estate or the guy that turns his movies in late at City Market, Carter said with a laugh.Carter announced his candidacy for the District 3 commissioner seat on Tuesday in Parachute, Rifle and Glenwood Springs.Im running because the people here have been really good to me, he said. Ive learned a lot, and its time to give back.The District 3 seat is currently held by Republican Larry McCown, who is not seeking re-election. Republican Mike Samson announced his candidacy for the seat in November. Samson is a native of Glenwood Springs and a 1972 graduate of Rifle High School, where he is now dean of students.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Four companies pulled the trigger on two oil shale deals on the same day in late January, about a month after the Bureau of Land Management designated 2 million acres in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming as possible areas for oil shale development.Raytheon announced Tuesday that it was selling oil shale extraction technology to Schlumberger, a global oilfield services provider. The key behind the new technique is microwaves, which would generate underground heat and potentially release petroleum from the rock formations. Raytheon, a major defense contractor, developed the technique with CF Technologies, based in Hyde Park, Mass.Last year, the BLM gave three companies 160-acre oil shale research, development and demonstration leases, including EGL Oil Shale. The company, in the second oil-shale-related deal of the week, announced that IDT Corp. signed a letter of intent to purchase a 75 percent interest in the company. According to EGL, the proceeds from IDTs investment will be used to fund EGLs oil shale technology.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS What do Aspens Winter X Games mean to you? Excitement? Crazy stunts? Crowded sidewalks? Beer? Fun?Ask a few of the tens of thousands who attended last weekends events, and their answers will undoubtedly vary. But pose the same question to staff at downvalley restaurants and lodgings, and theyll agree: The X Games mean business.Its a great boost for January, said Kate Collins, vice president of tourism marketing for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. You definitely observe the impact of a busier weekend in Glenwood.While foot traffic into the chamber was normal, its lodging reservation line was flooded with calls weeks beforehand. Though Collins said she loves the festival atmosphere the games-goers have about them, even more exciting is the difference their dollars make in a traditionally slow month. The 12th annual Winter X Games wrapped up last Sunday night. Aspen has the contract to host the Winter X until 2011.



GLENWOOD SPRINGS Continued above-average winter snowfall is surprising meteorologists at the National Weather Service. The NWS predicted that heavier snowfall would taper off in late January for northern Colorado due to a period of moderate La Nia. Southern Colorado was expected to receive below-normal amounts of precipitation by now, which hasnt been the case. Those expectations were based on typical La Nia patterns.This particular year it really hasnt worked out that way, NWS meteorologist Jim Pringle said. After whats supposed to be a mostly sunny day today, theres a decent chance snowfall will continue into next week.

MISSOURI HEIGHTS Garfield County Building and Planning staff are combing through a preliminary plan for Hunt Ranch, a proposed 561-acre subdivision on historic ranch land in Missouri Heights. The plan calls for 93 lots on 204 acres of the 561-parcel or one unit per six acres in the planned subdivision north of Colorado Highway 82 above Carbondale and Basalt.The other 326 acres would be preserved as open space, according to the plan.Each lot in the proposed subdivision would be at least two acres in size, which complies with the agricultural, residential and rural density zoning designation in the area, a summary of the plan said.



GLENWOOD SPRINGS The 9th Judicial District Attorneys Office still plans on trying a 26-year-old man on local charges after he was handed a 222-year prison sentence last week for shootings in Mesa County.Amy Fitch, deputy district attorney, said the District Attorneys Office will continue to pursue its case against Samuel Lincoln for his alleged role in a Nov. 30, 2004, bayonet stabbing in West Glenwood, even in the wake of Lincolns stiff prison sentence last week for the 2005 Mesa County crimes.Lincoln is accused of participating in the stabbing of Federico Garcia-Hernandez at a West Glenwood trailer. Garcia-Hernandez survived. Lincolns trial is scheduled to begin March 10 and is expected to last about five days. District Judge James Boyd will preside over the case, Fitch said.


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