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Your Morning News - December 15th, 2014

Dec 15, 2014

Captain Dubois Remembered in Rifle

About 900 people attended the funeral in Rifle yesterday of Air Force Captain William Dubois. The New Castle native died December 1st when his F-16 crashed in Jordan on a mission to attack ISIS targets. The Post Independent reports airplanes from an air force base in Nevada blasted over Rifle High School in a missing man formation to honor the 30-year-old. Dubois was twice named the top fighter pilot in his class. The funeral was held at the high school where Dubois graduated in 2003.

Biomass Power Plant Fire

Firefighters from as far away as Rifle rushed to Gypsum early Saturday to fight a fire at a biomass power plant. The Vail Daily News reports, flames were jumping 20 feet out of the top of two silos in front of the plant. A conveyer belt carrying wood chips into the plant started the blaze. It spread along parts of the outdoor conveyer system but didn’t touch the plant’s main buildings and big piles of wood chips were spared. No injuries or major damage was reported. The plant closed temporarily for repairs. The plant burns beetle kill trees to generate electricity for homes and businesses in area.

Man Dies in Glenwood Springs Crash

A Glenwood Springs man died in a crash on a two-lane slushy road Saturday night. The Colorado State Patrol reports the man was driving his Jeep Wrangler downhill on County Road 117 when he approached a slight curve and lost control. The Jeep ran off the road and traveled down a steep embankment. When they arrived, emergency crews found the man deceased. The name of the 61 years old man has not been released.

Kerry Donovan Visits Aspen Tonight

One of the freshman lawmakers is democrat Kerry Donovan, who won a tight race in November to represent Senate District Five. The District includes Pitkin and Eagle counties. The former Vail councilwoman will thank voters in Aspen tonight. She fills the seat being vacated by Senator Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village.

Eagle Co. Lawmaker Gets Committee Assignment

Another state lawmaker who represents Eagle County was appointed last week to the House Transportation and Energy Committee. Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush of Steamboat Springs will serve as vice-chairwoman of the committee, which oversees the state’s transportation system. She believes having a robust, multi-modal system is critical to continuing Colorado’s economic recovery.