News, December 6th

HOLIDAY PARTIERS WARNED

Undated–Thousands of Coloradans are expected to attend Christmas parties over the next two weekends and law enforcement officials will be looking for drunk drivers.
Statistics show the holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for impaired driving. 2010 was an especially bad year on Colorado’s roads as 48 people were killed in traffic accidents during the holidays. 18 of those deaths were caused by drunk or drugged drivers. The Colorado State Patrol is launching a DUI, holiday enforcement campaign this weekend with other law enforcement agencies. CSP Chief James Wolfinbarger says people heading to parties should plan ahead for a safe ride home by choosing a designated driver or arranging for a taxi. The statewide “Tie One On For Safety” campaign runs through New Year’s Eve.

GRAND AVENUE BRIDGE PROJECT ON COUNCIL AGENDA

Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Springs City Council is expected to vote on the preferred alternative for the Grand Avenue Bridge at tonight’s meeting. Before a vote is taken, the council will hear one last plea from the “Citizens to Save Grand Avenue” who don’t want a new
bridge. The group is pushing for a bypass to Highway 82 that goes around Glenwood Springs. Tonight’s meeting begins at 7.

PITCO AIRPORT MASTER PLAN APPROVED

Aspen–The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport can expand if it needs to thanks to the Master Plan getting the thumbs up from the Board of County Commissioners. The board approved the quarter of a million dollar plan with a 4 to 1 vote. While the airport has already received some 60 million dollars in federal funds to expand the runway and make other improvements, the master plan is in place to meet anticipated growth needs with a bigger terminal and an underground parking garage.

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