News, October 22nd

GARCO BUDGET DISCUSSIONS

Glenwood Springs—-Every department head and elected official is spending time discussing their budgets for 2014.  Across the board, the county is proposing about 15 million dollars in cuts due to a drop in sales tax revenues.

GARCO BOCC TRANSPARENCY QUESTIONED

Glenwood Springs—A Glenwood Springs man urged the Board of County Commissioners to be forthcoming about any plans to create access roads for heavy truck traffic through Divide Creek.  George Weir also says Commissioner Tom Jankovsky should recuse himself from any votes involving energy giant S.G. Interests for allegedly taking political campaign contributions from company officials.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN HURT LOGGING INDUSTRY

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – Colorado companies involved in logging and related projects on national forests are getting back to work after chain saws were silenced and some workers sidelined by this month’s partial government shutdown. About 25 logging and trucking contractors for Montrose Forest Products were unable to work during the shutdown because the Forest Service prevented work on timber sale contracts on area forests. Sawmill resource forester Norm Birtcher says the shutdown cut the amount of materials coming into the mill for two weeks at a crucial time of the year when the mill is trying to stockpile inventory for the spring thaw.

BILLIONAIRE BUFFET SETTING UP SHOP IN VAIL

VAIL (AP) – Warren Buffett’s new real estate empire arrives in Colorado on Tuesday.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties is taking over Vail Valley’s Prudential Colorado Properties. HomeServices of America combines Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate in more than 1,700 U.S. locations. The new brand has been rolling out for most of 2013, but the Vail Valley is its first Colorado location.

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