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PARACHUTE (AP) Federal officials are reviewing a plan by EnCana Oil and Gas USA for a new gas pipeline that would run 26 miles from Collbran to Parachute.The Bureau of Land Management is starting an environmental assessment of the project. Christina Stark of the BLM said construction could begin sometime next year.The pipeline, which would require a 75-foot right of way during construction, would end at a compressor station near Parachute. The right of way would be reduced to 25 feet when construction is complete.The pipeline would ship natural gas from Mesa County to a gas plant in Meeker.EnCana spokeswoman Wendy Wiedenbeck said the line would be up to 24 inches in diameter and is expected to carry 650 million cubic feet of gas per day.Stark said the environmental review is on hold until EnCana provides more information on the project.Wiedenbeck said the company will provide the information in August.EnCana is one of the major gas producers working in western Colorado.

NEW YORK (AP) Trista and Ryan Sutter, who found love on ABCs The Bachelorette, have welcomed their first child.A representative for the Vail, Colo., couple confirmed exclusively to that Trista Sutter gave birth to Maxwell Alston Sutter on Thursday at Vail Valley Medical Center.He weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces.The Sutters met on the first season of The Bachelorette, and were married during a two-hour ABC special in December 2003.

PARACHUTE, Colo. The owner of the VIP Spa in Parachute, who was arrested on suspicion of soliciting for prostitution, recently dropped a lawsuit she had filed against Parachute and the Town Board.The lawsuit claimed the spa’s business license was unjustly taken away.The Garfield County Combined Courts office confirmed that the lawsuit has been dismissed. The office said 9th Judicial District Judge Daniel Petre granted a motion to dismiss by Yong Sun Fountain’s attorney, William Schubert. Fountain and Soon Hee Kim were arrested April 18 at the crux of an undercover operation by Parachute police and the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team. Fountain and Kim were charged with two counts of unlawful sexual contact and one count of soliciting for prostitution.According to an arrest affidavit, Fountain greeted an undercover officer and asked him if he wanted a regular massage or a “shower massage.” He opted for the regular. Fountain collected $70 and left him in a massage room. Kim entered and eventually removed the towel the officer was wearing and touched his crotch. The affidavit says she asked “if he liked it and if he wanted everything” while making an up-and-down hand motion.

DILLON – The town manager of Dillon knows firsthand about the area’s lack of affordable housing.Devin Granbery is buying a home in nearby Dillon Valley after failing to find a single-family house he could afford in Dillon, where he said the prices generally run from $700,000 to $800,000.The Dillon Town Council recently passed an ordinance authorizing Granbery to live outside the town limits.”It really was a supply and an affordability issue,” Mayor Barbara Davis said.Granbery, who started as town manager in April, said there were about 10 housing units on the market when he began looking and most were condominiums. He said he and his wife wanted a single-family home.Granbery said his experience underscores a problem many communities in the state share.Housing prices have been an issue in Colorado’s mountain and resort towns for years.”In Snowmass Village, they have to provide housing for the managers because there’s not a chance they can afford to buy anything there,” he said.The current Breckenridge town manager received help with his down payment and a $20,000 contribution from the town. Frisco covered the moving costs for the town manager.Silverthorne manager Kevin Batchelder said he negotiated a $150,000 interest-free loan from the town to buy a home when he moved from Minnesota in 2000. The town holds a second deed of trust on his home and is earning equity on its portion.Batchelder said his contract is similar to ones with managers in other Western Slope resort communities, including Steamboat Springs, Winter Park, Granby, Telluride and Crested Butte.The Dillon Town Council approved a $20,000 loan to Granbery to help with the down payment. After two years, $5,000 of the loan will be forgiven and the entire debt will be wiped out if Granbery stays on the job five years. (Summit Daily News)