News, August 20th

GARCO / CSU AIR STUDY APPROVED

TO WHAT EXTENT DOES OIL AND GAS DRILLING AFFECT THE
AIR WE BREATHE IN GARFIELD COUNTY? A TEAM OF SCIENTISTS
AND RESEARCHERS FROM COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY HOPE
TO FIND OUT OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS. TODAY, THE GARFIELD
COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED
ONE MILLION DOLLARS OF A 1.8 MILLION DOLLAR STUDY THAT
IS SET TO BEGIN THIS FALL. CSU PROFESSOR OF ATMOSPHERIC
RESEARCH DR. STEPHEN COLLETT JUNIOR GAVE THE BOARD
THE OVERVIEW AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY AND WILL OVERSEE
THE RESEARCH. THE TEAM HOPES TO COMPLETE THE STUDY BY
THE FALL OF 2015 BUT WILL PROVIDE THE COUNTY WITH PERIODIC
UPDATES AND PROGRESS REPORTS.

WORKING DRAFT RESOURCE MGMT PLAN SENT TO BLM

THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT AND THE GARFIELD COUNTY
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ARE SLOWLY WORKING OUT THEIR
DIFFERENCES OVER A FEDERAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN.
HOWEVER, THERE ARE STILL SOME ISSUES TO BE WORKED OUT.
PLANNER TAMRA ALLEN SAYS THE LETTER OUTLINES THOSE ISSUES.
SHE SAYS IT’S A WORK IN PROGRESS. COMMISSION CHAIRMAN
JOHN MARTIN SAYS THE BLM’S PLAN IS TOO NARROW AND DOESN’T
TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE COUNTY’S NEED FOR CERTAIN ROADS
TO REMAIN ACCESSIBLE FOR ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AND OTHER
ACTIVITY.

GARCO WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN

A WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN FOR GARFIELD COUNTY WAS
APPROVED TODAY BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS. COUNTY
MANAGER ANDREW GORGEY SAYS THE PLAN WILL HELP PROPERTY
OWNERS WHO LIVE ADJACENT TO PUBLIC LAND PREPARE
FOR A WILDFIRE. GORGEY SAYS THERE’S A WHOLE CHAPTER
IN THE COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN DEVOTED TO
HELPING HOMEOWNERS CREATE DEFENSIBLE SPACE.

GRAND AVENUE BRIDGE E-A OPEN HOUSE

THE TWO ALTERNATIVES FOR THE GRAND AVENUE BRIDGE UNDER
THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT WILL BE PRESENTED DURING
AN OPEN HOUSE THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT. OFFICIALS WITH C-DOT
AND JACOBS ENGINEERING WILL GIVE A QUICK UP DATE ON THE WORK
AND THE DESIGNS BEING CONSIDERED FOR THE AGING BRIDGE INTO
GLENWOOD SPRINGS. THE PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD
WEDNESDAY NIGHT FROM 5:00 TO 7:30 AT THE GLENWOOD SPRINGS
COMMUNITY CENTER.

DENVER (AP) – A nurse who helped treat victims of the Aurora theater shooting in Colorado has drowned while on a family vacation in Iowa. Forty-six-year-old Jennifer Gallagher of Denver worked at the University of Colorado Hospital in the neurological intensive care unit. She died earlier this month while swimming in a lake. She was among staffers who met with President Barack Obama during his visit after the July 20 shooting rampage.

DENVER (AP) – A prominent Florida attorney has been retained by the mother of one of the victims of last month’s theater shooting in Aurora. A publicist says Jose Baez is investigating a possible civil lawsuit over responsibility for the shootings, including security measures at the theater where the shootings occurred. Baez represented Casey Anthony, who was found not guilty in the murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee last year.

DENVER (AP) – Federal prosecutors say the Royal Gorge Route Railroad has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle allegations that it caused a 2010 wildfire that burned more than 600 acres. Prosecutors say the railroad company is settling without admitting any liability or wrongdoing. Prosecutors say the scenic railroad didn’t have working spark arresters and brake shoes.

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – Organizers of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge estimate that more than 1 million people will line Colorado roads this week to watch some of the world’s top cyclists. The nearly 700-mile race started this morning in Durango. Gov. John Hickenlooper fired the starter’s pistol. Tyler Farrar of the Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda team captured stage 1 of the race. Stage 2 takes the racers from
Montrose to Crested Butte. Aspen will host Stage 3 on Wednesday and will send the racers off to Beaver Creek for the beginning of
Stage 4 on Thursday.
When the racers come zipping through Aspen, city officials have asked businesses along the route to refrain from
trying to compete with the bike race sponsors with extra banners and signs. The local race committee signed
a contract giving race sponsors exclusive rights to place promotional material on city property.

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – Animals at the Colorado State Fair are getting tighter security following a food-tampering issue last year that led to the disqualification of two goats, including one that won grand champion. Officials say the animals ate tainted feed that had been placed in their pens during the fair. The goats were later disqualified after testing for a banned substance.

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. (AP) – Billionaire Bill Koch (kohk) is known for spending lavishly to buy Western artifacts. Now he’s building his own Old West town in Colorado. The Denver Post reports the town is on Koch’s 10-square-mile Bear Ranch near the Ragged Wilderness Area in Gunnison County. His billionaire brothers, David and Charles Koch, make headlines for big contributions to conservative causes.

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