I-70 got shut down near New Castle for a time Thursday afternoon. It was less than an hour though, as firefighters battled flames Near mile marker 100. CDOT says it seemed to be a series of fires that stretched about a mile. Gusty winds cropped up for a time and fanned the flames, but crews eventually got the whole thing under control. The interstate had to be closed for that relatively brief time when the smoke really cut visibility.  And outside Glenwood Springs along 4 Mile Road, a controlled burn in the Chelyn Acres subdivision got out of control earlier Thursday. Firefighters were able to douse that one pretty quickly. It only scorched about a tenth of an 
If you were at the Rifle Rodeo Monday, you’re being asked to call Garfield County Public Health at 625-5200, extension 8128. Health workers there want to hear from you because numerous people have reported getting sick this week, all within hours of attending that event. If you’re ill, or even if you’re not and you went to the rodeo, they want to hear from you. All those reporting a stomach illness say it began after eating at the rodeo, although it didn’t last much more than a day. No word yet on exactly how many people were sickened there, and specialists are working to determine the cause. The more info they can get, the better, so call 625-5200, extension 8128, and leave a message if you were at that Rifle Rodeo Monday night.

 

Gustavo Olivo-Tellez has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder for allegedly shooting his estranged wife to death last October in Glenwood Springs. Prosecutors say Blanca Salas-Jurado was killed in front of the former couple’s 3-year-old son. Olivo-Tellez’ girlfriend at the time, Michelle Castillo, recently had her plea bargain revoked, and now she’s up on major felony charges too, including being an accomplice to a first-degree murder. The gun used in the killing and spare bullets for it were recovered from the Roaring Fork River in Glenwood, but there’ve apparently been snags regarding other evidence. Olivo-Tellez’ lawyers even complained about some of that they couldn’t get access to. Best estimates at this point indicate the murder trial could begin in district court late this year, or early next.  

 

Is it a legal fee, or an illegal tax because there was no public vote on it? That’s the question being argued this week before the state Supreme Court, about Aspen’s 20-cent cost Clark’s Market and City Market are required to pass along for each paper grocery bag, if a shopper doesn’t bring their own reusable bags. At issue, whether the levy is a “tax,” meant to change people’s behavior, which would be unconstitutional since it was passed by City Council, not the voters in an election as required by TABOR. The Colorado Union of Taxpayers, being represented by a legal foundation at the high court, says it is a tax. However, that argument hasn’t held water in 2 lower court rulings before reaching the state justices. No word on how long it may take them to reach a decision. The ruling could affect other communities besides Aspen that impose similar costs on shoppers who don’t bring reusable bags. They include Carbondale and Breckenridge.

 

A lot of big summer events are just around the corner now that we’re into June. One of them is the “65th Rallye Glenwood Springs.” “Rally” has an “E” on the end of that word so you know it’s British. The event is said to be the oldest continuous time speed and distance event of its kind in the US. The event is for British-made MG’s of various ages. A lot of the cars that’ll take part are being driven from the Denver area to Glenwood today. The cars, all of them classics, will be going pretty fast in races and just driving around tomorrow. If you want to admire them while they’re sitting still, there’ll be a car show Sunday morning from 9 ‘til noon in Two Rivers Park.

 

Senator Michael Bennet’s making Glenwood the final stop on his 3-town-hall high country tour today after visiting Frisco and Edwards. You can hang with the Senator and ask him questions, starting at 5:15 at the main library on Cooper Avenue. Doors open at 4:45.

 

And the Broncos bring their Salute To the Fans tour to Aspen tomorrow. The players will conduct a kids’ mini-camp at Aspen High School at 10 in the morning, then they, the cheerleaders, and Miles the Mascot will greet fans of all ages at Gondola Plaza on Durant, from 1:30 to 3 tomorrow afternoon.  

 

Be sure to be here for the No-Pay Guest DJ’s this morning. They take over the air from Steve Leigh, with Jim Williams in studio to help out, right after the news at 8. Today we welcome Madeleine Osberger-Low of the Aspen Daily News and her daughter Madison, who’ll be an Aspen High senior this fall. Don’t miss hearing from them, and hearing what their favorite songs are, coming up just after 8, only on The Mammoth.