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Glenwood establishes energy commissionGLENWOOD SPRINGS The Glenwood Springs City Council on Thursday created a new energy efficiency commission after resolving concerns that the group’s reach might extend too far, or possibly not far enough.The council unanimously approved creating the commission as a follow-up to its decision in December to have the city enter into the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.It ended up spelling out some specific tasks for the commission at the urging of council member Dave Merritt and Larry Beckwith, who had opposed signing the mayors agreement.”I believe since we passed this resolution we committed to do this work,” Merritt said.The council agreed on goals for the group that include: Helping the city conduct a greenhouse gas inventory of the city’s facilities and vehicle fleet; Evaluating city structures to identify efficiency projects; Developing a multi-year climate action plan for the city with measurable indicators for progress; Eventually conducting a greenhouse gas inventory of residences, commercial buildings and vehicles within the city’s entire electric utility service area.At Beckwith’s urging, council also decided to have the commission develop a 1990 baseline so it will have a point of comparison for current and future greenhouse gas emissions.Noticeably missing from the goals laid out for the commission by council is a directive to revise the city’s building code so new structures and major remodels use energy efficiency and renewable energy “to the maximum extent possible.” That idea had been included as a possible long-term directive for the commission in a draft proposal. However, city manager Jeff Hecksel cautioned council Thursday to consider whether it wanted to revise the building codes in that fashion. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)Meth mom receives lighter sentenceGLENWOOD SPRINGS A woman who violated her probation by ingesting methamphetamine during pregnancy was given another chance to avoid a lengthy prison sentence Thursday.But she received stern warnings from Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cheney and Judge Denise Lynch.Lynch sentenced Tishe Quintana to six years of intensive supervised probation, 90 days in jail and 60 hours of community service.Quintana, 26, waved to group of crying supporters before walking out the back of the courtroom on her way to the jail. She has credit for 13 days already served.”The community newspaper has made an example out of me,” Quintana said, reading from a prepared statement with an audibly shaky voice. “So I would like to show the community that addicts can recover … I desperately want to change my life and become the kind of mother and member of the community that I can be.”On March 3 last year, she was arrested at a residence in Rifle for meth possession, use and possession with intent to distribute, child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia. Two of Quintana’s other children were present in the residence when meth was found there, police said. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)Police drop child-abuse chargesGLENWOOD SPRINGS A woman accused of driving her son while she was drunk and trespassing in her ex-husband’s home accepted a plea agreement Thursday for first-degree criminal trespass of a dwelling and driving while ability impaired. Cheryl Ann Peterson, 49, originally faced charges of DUI, child abuse and first-degree criminal trespass of a dwelling. Her attorney, Lawson Wills, and Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cheney came to the agreement just before a motions hearing Thursday morning. Peterson offered an Alford plea, which is not a direct admission of guilt but a concession that enough evidence exists to convict her. The matter had been scheduled for a three-day trial.Wills said the sticking point of the agreement was a restraining order, which would remain in place for now. A protection order had been previously filed restraining Peterson from her son and ex-husband, except for after school visits two days of the week and visits every other Sunday.Sentencing is set for April 20. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)Accident snarls I-70 trafficGLENWOOD SPRINGS A two-car accident on snowy Interstate 70 Thursday slowed the morning commute for motorists heading through South Canyon.The accident happened around 7:25 a.m. when a Toyota pickup was passing a Chevrolet pickup on eastbound I-70 east of the South Canyon exit, said Colorado State Patrol trooper Denny O’Leary.The Toyota went out of control, hit a concrete barrier and crashed into the back of the Chevy hard enough to destroy the Toyota’s front end, O’Leary said. The collision caused the Chevy to spin around, cross the road and hit the guardrail on the right side, then bounce back onto the highway and roll onto its driver’s side, facing west.Both vehicles came to a stop in the left lane of the highway. O’Leary said traffic was restricted to a single lane for about an hour and a half, slowing traffic considerably because of the heavy volume of commuters.O’Leary said the driver of the Chevy was uninjured. The Toyota driver complained of stomach and rib soreness but refused medical attention.He said the Toyota driver was cited for careless driving. The names of the drivers weren’t yet available from the State Patrol as of Thursday afternoon. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)


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