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News in Brief

RIFLE U.S. Rep. John Salazar, whose 3rd Congressional District includes Aspen, will be making a sweep of Western Slope towns on Aug. 10 and 11, though the closest he will get to the Roaring Fork Valley is Rifle.Salazar will be visiting Delta and Grand Junction today, and will be at Rifle, Meeker, Craig and Steamboat Springs on Saturday.The Rifle stop, according to Salazar’s office, will be to present the city of Rifle with a Rural Business Enterprise Grant for $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as part of the agency’s rural development program.He is scheduled to be at the Rifle Town Hall, 202 Railroad Ave., from 8-8:30 a.m., and from there he will travel to Meeker.

RIFLE The Economic Development Corp. believes that Rifle is in need of a community center. However, officials want to hear from other residents about whether they would like to have one, and also what they would like to see included in the center.”All indications so far is that the community wants a recreation center,” said EDC president Kris Daler. “We want to be able to give them something that Rifle can be proud of.” Daler said she is hoping to have a good turnout at the community meeting on Thursday at the Learning Opportunity Center in Rifle.Currently, other than preliminary planning, nothing has been decided except that a community center is a good idea for Rifle, Daler said.Funding to pay for the construction, operations and maintenance of the facility will be the next step after Thursday’s meeting, Daler said. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS A suspected drunk driver was arrested Monday afternoon after going on what police called a “banzai run” the wrong way up the Grand Avenue wing street off Seventh Street.Michael Dufresne, 25, of Aspen, was arrested on suspicion of driving under restraint, harassment, felony menacing, criminal mischief, false imprisonment, aggravated motor vehicle theft, reckless driving, DUI, hit-and-run and second-degree assault.”Monday afternoon at about three, a gentleman decided that he would try making a banzai run up the wing street,” Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said.Wilson said Dufresne was traveling the wrong way up the one-lane, one-way wing street next to the Grand Avenue bridge.Dufresne allegedly crashed a white Mercedes-Benz SUV into one car under the bridge, severely damaging it and pushing it into two other cars that suffered lesser damage. According to Wilson, a tourist couple came out from the Springs Bar and Grill from lunch to find their vehicle damaged by the suspected drunk driver and asked, “This doesn’t happen here all the time, does it?” No one was reported to be seriously injured. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

Thanks to recent precipitation and the cooler nights, fire restrictions on the White River National Forest were lifted Wednesday. “We monitor fire danger daily, and we believe it is safe to lift fire restrictions,” said fire management officer Bill Hahnenberg with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit in Grand Junction.Officials warned that fire restrictions could return if hot, dry weather occurs.Fire officials placed fire restrictions on the White River National Forest on June 30. The forest surrounds Aspen and Pitkin County.Visitors are reminded to continue to exercise extreme caution with fire when camping. Never leave a campfire unattended, and always make sure campfires are completely out. Even though fire restrictions have been lifted, fireworks are still not allowed on federal public land. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)


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