Garfield County

Newscast

  • Airplane causes car crash in Mesa County on I-70
  • Woman sentenced to 10 years in jail for embezzling from Garfield County
  • Montrose Planning Commission gives OK for gravel pit
  • Rains bring relief for snowpack, irrigation
  • Program that teaches how to eat healthy locally expands
  • Homeless shelter closes for season

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The U.S. Army via Flickr

Colorado has announced the location for a 'first of its kind' aerial firefighting research facility.

The Rifle-Garfield County Airport will be home to the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting.  

"So virtually everything we do in wildland firefighting will be subject to be looked at by this center of excellence," Paul Cooke, the director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, says. 

He says the center will test and evaluate existing and new technologies used in aerial firefighting. 

Newscast

  • A White Christmas Predicted For The Western Slope
  • As More Resorts Make Snow, Climate Change Spells Trouble
  • Garfield County Man Charged In Father’s Death To Undergo Mental Evaluation

The word “fracking” has come to mean drilling in general for oil and gas-- and a major concern for communities and environmentalists in Colorado and elsewhere.In reality the process of hydraulic fracturing is a specialized procedure used to create cracks in shale deposits thousands of feet underground which in turn releases trapped natural gas.  There are hundreds of fracked wells in Garfield County. Often you can see them from the highway.  Recently Aspen Public Radio got a tour of a fracking operation run by WPX Energy near Parachute.  Hear the story by APR's Elise Thatcher below.  See a slideshow of photographs of the rig by APR's Roger Adams HERE.

Elise Thatcher/Aspen Public Radio

Garfield County wants Governor John Hickenlooper to intervene with the state's new health insurance rules. The county has some of the highest premiums in Colorado under new guidelines. which are part of the Affordable Care Act.

Headlines

  • Moffact County Officials Criticize BLM's Approach to Sage Grouse Plans
  • Garfield County Outlines Sage Grouse Protection Plan
  • Rocky Mountains Seeing More Horizontal Drilling than Rest of U.S.
  • Connect for Health Officials Working on Faster Insurance Applications
  • Basalt Residents Will See Vote on Retail Marijuana
  • Adams County Republican Joins Governor's Race 

Headlines

  • Hickenlooper Says Oil and Gas Safety is a Top Priority after Flooding
  • Lyons One of Hardest-Hit Areas in Floods
  • iSeeChange - Signs of Floods to Come?
  • Floods Hurt One Grand Junction-area Business
  • Garfield County Gas Emissions Study Moves Forward 

Headlines:

  • Former Paonia finance officer sentenced
  • State Senator faces recall
  • Missing Junction man's body found
  • GarCo commissioners vote no action on RMP
  • North Fork delegation travels to Washington DC

Headlines:

  • Senate President Morse faces recall over gun control
  • Proponents and opponents of Amendment 64 prepare for legalized pot
  • GarCo Commissioners urged to rework zoning ordinances for water use

Headlines:

  • After lawsuit, BLM releases names of gas parcel nominators in North Fork
  • Democrats get election reform bill through first panel after party line vote
  • Garfield County Commissioners file official protest with BLM
  • Two new monitors detect unsafe levels of benzene near Parachute Creek
  • Five art students from Hotchkiss High win award for giant bulldog

Headlines:

  • Early "In-person" Voting Ends Friday
  • "War On Coal" - A West Slope Perspective
  • Garfield County To Study Air Pollution Near Oil & Gas Ops
  • Wildfire Update