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Salazar, Udall urged to protect Roan PlateauGLENWOOD SPRINGS Colorado Congressmen Mark Udall and John Salazar were in town Thursday to hear concerns about energy development on the Roan Plateau, but the people who turned out to talk wanted more: federal legislation protecting the western Colorado landmark from several hundred gas wells.The handful of environmentalists, elected officials and hunters who took part in the roughly hourlong panel discussion with the Democratic lawmakers said they think a management plan being considered by the Bureau of Land Management won’t protect the wildlife and hunting mecca.Steve Smith of The Wilderness Society asked the congressmen to sponsor legislation barring new leases and development until technology advances to the point that impacts will be minimal.”We shouldn’t be developing places like the Roan until we have better ways of getting the gas, and we’re not there yet,” Smith said.Udall and Salazar, on a swing through western Colorado, said they set up the meeting at the Glenwood Springs Community Center after a request from residents. They said they had no preconceived ideas about whether legislation is needed.But Salazar, whose sprawling 3rd Congressional District includes the Roan Plateau, said he doesn’t believe the BLM plan addresses the issues raised during the meeting. He said he believes local BLM officials get the message, but the upper levels of the bureaucracy might not.Salazar conceded that a bill delaying or barring energy development on public lands would have a tough time getting President Bush’s approval.The Bush administration has made removing impediments to oil and gas drilling on public land a priority in its quest to boost domestic energy production. (The Associated Press)Man killed in Eagle-Vail roundabout crashEAGLE-VAIL A local resident was killed when a car in which he was riding crashed while being chased by police on U.S. Highway 6 Thursday morning, according to the Colorado State Patrol.Matthew E. Lopez, 23, a Wheatridge man who had been living in Eagle County, died when the green 1996 Honda Accord driven by Candace E. Calvin of Eagle flipped over in the roundabout at U.S. Highway 6 and William J. Post Boulevard at 12:42 a.m., Thursday, the release said.Lopez was wearing a seatbelt, said Gilbert Mares, spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol.Calvin was speeding and not wearing a seatbelt when she was ejected from the car; she was taken to the Vail Valley Medical Center and then airlifted to Denver Health Medical Center, the release said. Calvin is in serious condition, said Edward Spaulding, spokesman for the hospital.Police have filed several felony charges against Calvin, the release said.Troopers tried to stop the vehicle when they saw it speeding and weaving while headed west on Interstate 70 near Dowd Junction, the release said. The Honda exited I-70 at Eagle-Vail, exit 169, and briefly stopped before turning left onto Highway 6, the release said.The vehicle reached speeds of more than 90 m.p.h. on Highway 6 before hitting a raised median barrier, striking a light pole then rolling at least 1 1/2 times through the center island of the roundabout, the release said.Police partially closed the roundabout until 6:40 a.m. to investigate. (Vail Daily)


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