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Week in Review

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Authorities accused a New Castle man of stealing a veteran’s identity for 24 years and getting free health care in Denver with his “veteran” status.

The real veteran was alive in California for about 22 of those 24 years, authorities said.

A Garfield County Sheriff’s Office arrest warrant affidavit alleges Mark Mulcahy, 46, pretended to be David Keith Anderson and served for a time as the president of the Glenwood Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars post. The document says Mulcahy hid his true identity from his wife and received a $6,296 upper gastric hernia surgery, at no cost to him, at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

DENVER ” The Colorado Senate on Monday approved the appointments of six people to the reorganized Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).

Garfield County Commissioner Tresi Houpt, who has been serving as a COGCC commissioner since July, was one of them.

“I feel encouraged that we can now move forward as a confirmed commission,” said Houpt, after learning of her confirmation Monday. “I will continue to support [Gov. Bill Ritter’s] goal of creating fair and responsible permitting of energy development in Colorado.”

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Ozone monitoring at several locations in Garfield County shows that ozone readings crossed or were close to crossing new federal air quality standards set to be implemented in May.

The highest concentration of ozone on Sunlight Mountain reached 67 ppb for an eight-hour period. Bell Ranch, which is near Rifle, had a high eight-hour level of ozone measured at 69 ppb, according to the sampling. Testing at Ripple Creek Pass in the White River National Forest reached 67 ppb.

“Those numbers seem high for what we expect,” said Andrea Holland-Sears, an air resource specialist with the White River National Forest. New federal air quality standards will be 75 ppb.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Property owners negotiating with the city over easements for the Atkinson Canal Trail may have until September to reach an agreement or face condemnation.

“At this point in time, at a staff level, we do not feel we have reached an impasse in the negotiations that are underway,” said City Manager Jeff Hecksel.

The City Council voted 6-1 Thursday night to proceed with the southernmost phase of the trail, from near the Mountain Market by Threemile Creek along the west side of the Roaring Fork River to the Cardiff Bridge. The trail would be built for now as a “soft trail” with road base; this step would cost about $800,000. Plans call for the trail to reach the Sunlight Bridge at 27th Street for a total of around $4.4 million.

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