News, March 21st

GARCO COMMISSIONER TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE

Glenwood Springs—-Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky is heading back to Washington, D.C. to talk to Congress about several important wildlife issues.  Of particular interest is the sage grouse and the impact and endangered listing would have on communities like Garfield County and neighboring areas.  Jankovsky says he got a call recently from Washington State Congressman Doc Hastings to discuss federal land and wildlife management policies.  Hastings chairs the House Natural Resources Committee.  Jankovsky will appear before the congressional committee next Thursday.

ROARING FORK WATERSHED SNOWPACK HOLDING STEADY

Glenwood Springs—Spring is officially here and that means the runoff can’t be far behind.  According to the latest snowpack and stream flow report from the Roaring Fork Conservancy conditions in the Roaring Fork Watershed are much improved over last year.  The current snowpack is at 124 percent of the median compared to a paltry 80 percent measurement a year ago.  The headwaters of the Crystal River is holding the most snow at just over 36 and a half inches of water.  The Colorado River at Glenwood Springs is flowing at 126 percent of average.

GLENWOOD OUTDOOR DINING

Glenwood Springs—Sidewalk dining in Glenwood Springs is a little more involved than simply arranging a few tables and chairs.  The city council talked about outdoor restaurant seating at last night’s meeting.  Some of the issues the council is trying to work out include location, duration, railings, decks, furniture and fees.  The consensus seems to be to keep yearly system improvement fees to a minimum.  The council is talking about charging businesses around $1.75 per square foot for an outdoor seating area between 288 and 432 square feet.

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