News, November 26th

THANKSGIVING TRAVEL

Undated—Fewer Coloradans will be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend compared to last year.  AAA of Colorado says the drop off won’t be much as roughly 720 thousand people plan to travel at least 50 miles to spend Thanksgiving with family or friends.  According to it’s annual holiday survey of members, AAA says gas prices are a little cheaper this year compared to 2012 and people are planning to spend a little more money.

T-DAY DUI ENFORCEMENT

Undated—If alcohol will be part of your Thanksgiving Day fare, don’t get behind the wheel. The Colorado State Patrol is teaming up with several law enforcement agencies across the state to nab drunk drivers.  Most agencies will have additional officers and deputies on the roads for the Thanksgiving “Heat is On Campaign” that continues through Monday, December 2nd.  During the Thanksgiving holiday last year, 563 DUI arrests were made and five people died in alcohol-related traffic accidents.  All of the victims were men between the ages of 18 and 34.

HOLIDAY MEALS SERVED AROUND THE COUNTY

Glenwood Springs—Over four thousand people in the valley will enjoy a Thanksgiving Day meal with all the trimmings thanks to Lift-Up.  Nearly 11-hundred families from Parachute to Aspen registered to receive holiday food for Thanksgiving, totaling just over 42-hundred men, women and children.  A few hundred more people will get their holiday meals from Lift-Up’s seven food pantries.  For families that won’t be having a home-cooked meal, Lift-Up’s Extended Table soup kitchen in Rifle will serve Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night from 5 to 6 at the United Methodist Church in the Lovell Building on East 4th Street.  In Glenwood Springs, Thanksgiving dinners will be served by the Eagles Club on the 7th Street.  In Carbondale, the Pour House on Main Street will once again serve up free Thanksgiving meals from noon until the food runs out.

SENATOR HUDAK STEPS DOWN

Denver—Instead of being voted out of office in a recall election, Democrat State Senator Evie Hudak has decided to do her party a favor and resign.  The longtime Arvada lawmaker made it official in a letter submitted today.  Hudak was facing a recall election by voters who were angry over her support for two gun-control bills passed last year. Hudak’s resignation allows the Democrats to maintain their one-seat edge in the senate.  By stepping down, Hudak also avoids the same fate of her former senate colleagues, John Morse of Colorado Springs and Angela Giron of Pueblo.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Glenwood Springs—Except for the sheriff’s office and other emergency personnel, all Garfield County offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.  The West Garfield County Landfill will be closed as well but will reopen Saturday, November 30th from 8 to 4.  The offices at the Garfield County Regional Airport will be closed but weather permitting will remain open for general aviation. 

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