News, August 14th

Rifle–Crews are working to repair the washed out culvert under the frontage road at the Mamm Creek interchange east of Rifle. The culvert was wiped out by a heavy, overnight thunderstorm July 24th. The 359 thousand dollar repair job is being done by a Denver contractor and is scheduled to be completed October 22nd.

Glenwood Springs–Garfield County commissioners were sharply criticized by a couple of citizens for taking part in a March 27th oil shale meeting in Vernal, Utah. The board is being accused of violating Colorado’s Sunshine Law regarding closed-door meetings.

Glenwood Springs–The Garfield County Board of Commissioners approved the final language for a ballot measure that aims to raise sales taxes to preserve agricultural land. Despite arguments from supporters of the Garfield Legacy Project to omit the word “tax” from the title, commissioners said they would only approve it for the ballot if it was included for the sake of transparency. If approved by voters in November, sales taxes in the county would go up by a quarter of a cent.

DENVER – Four of the top ski destinations in the West are offering a single pass for the upcoming season. The resorts include Alta in Utah, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows in California. The Mountain Collective Pass will cost $349 and includes two free days at each of the four destinations, plus a 50 percent discount on unlimited lift tickets at each one. Aspen Skiing Co. vice president Christian Knapp says the collective pass is a new concept that gives winter sports enthusiasts a wide range of choices.