News, October 7th

GOVT SHUTDOWN UNLIKELY TO IMPACT SKI SEASON

Washington, D.C.—-The ski lifts will still be running even if the federal government remains closed for business.  That’s the word from U. S. Forest Service Tom Tidwell who met today with the National Ski Areas Association.  NSAA spokesman Michael Berry says he asked Tidwell how the shutdown would impact the nation’s 121 ski areas operating on federal land.  He was told resort leases would not be affected, however it could be different for any pending construction or expansion projects. 

FOUR MILE CURVE PROJECT STALLED

Glenwood Springs—The Garfield County Board of Commissioners assured local builder Mark Gould that the Four Mile Road Curve project will be moving forward as planned.  The board did not however give Gould a specific date to begin the work.  Gould says the delays for whatever reason, are costing his company and employees precious time and money. 

WESTERN SLOPE RESEEDING PROJECT PLANNED

Meeker—-Over three thousand acres that were scorched by wildfires this past summer in Rio Blanco County need new growth.  The Bureau of Land Management is planning to reseed portions of the burned areas as soon as possible.  The BLM is waiting to get the green light from the Washington, D.C. office to move forward.  BLM spokesman Chris Joyner says crews are looking to reseed about 380 acres of the Wild Rose Fire north of Douglas Pass and around 200 acres of the Citadel Fire north of Meeker.

FEDERAL FURLOUGH NOT AFFECTING CIVILIAN MILITARY WORKERS

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – Nearly 3,000 civilian military workers are back on the job in Colorado. The Gazette reports that workers at Fort Carson, the Air Force Academy and NORAD received notice this weekend to return to work today. In addition, 130 civilian workers are also working again at the Pueblo Chemical Depot.

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