Last fallEagle county residents approved ballot issue 1A, which created new sales and excise taxes of up to 5 percent each on recreational marijuana to be put to useexclusively toward mental Health..yesterday The Eagle County Board of Commissioners took first step to fight ring out how to spend that money by appointed 10 members to its newly formed Mental Health Advisory Committee. The committee is tasked with prioritizing programs and services to be funded through the county’s voter-approved Mental Health Fund,

Members of the committee represent health care and mental health care providers, law enforcement personnel, and community advocates across both the Eagle and Roaring Fork valleys.

Members appointed for three year terms:
•    Michael Holton
•    Greg Daly
•    Christopher Montera
•    Agnes Harakal

Members appointed to two year terms:
•    Gary Schreiner
•     Jackie Skramstad
•    Michelle Muething

Members appointed to one year terms:
•    Jeannine Benson
•    Stacey Gavrell
•    Carol Hawk

Collections began on Jan. 1 and have generated just over $118,000 through the first quarter of 2018. Once the full rate is enacted, collections are anticipated to reach approximately $1.2 million annually.

e City of Glenwood Springs is hosting a second Wildfire Preparedness Event tomorrow Saturday May 19 at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 1pm. The combination of a low snowpack and an expected dry, hot summer puts Glenwood Springs and surrounding areas at a greater risk for wildfires this summer.

At the event, the Glenwood Springs Fire Department will provide information on what individuals can do to help prevent wildfires from starting and what to do if a wildfire occurs. Speakers and handouts will include information on home fire-resilience strategies, evacuation preparation, drought and water use information, and more. There will also be complimentary ice cream for the whole family.

Those who attended the April event are still encouraged to attend this event as speakers will provide updated drought and fire risk information. Those who did not attend the April event are highly encouraged to attend due to this year being high risk for wildfires.

Based on DNA evidence, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is confirming the bear killed by wildlife officers is the same bear responsible for attacking a young girl at her home in East Orchard Mesa early in the morning on Mother’s Day.

The animal is described as a two-year-old male, cinnamon-colored black bear, weighing 150 pounds. The necropsy revealed the bear was in good body condition with no signs of diseases. Rabies testing was negative.

Wildlife officers killed the bear later the same evening of the attack in the yard of a residence located approximately a half-mile away from the incident.  Before killing it, the two officers say the bear came within a few feet of their vehicle, looking into the open window as they monitored a nearby bear trap.