• Garfield County now Orange on the COVID-19 Dial
    Despite pleas from the Board of County Commissioners, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment moved Garfield County to the orange high-risk level due to an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. The CDPHE did compromise though, allowing a number of variances to remain in place; Instead of a 25% seating capacity for restaurants and ...
  • Garfield Sheriff Cuts Animal Control From Budget
    Glenwood Springs—Animal control is being dropped by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Lou Vallario was forced to cut the half-million-dollar program from his 2021 budget.  He says when he decided to cut the popular program it was painful.  He brought the program back in 2004.  “It’s been hugely successful in the county. Everything from ...
  • Polis Calling Special Session to Deal With COVID Impacts
    DENVER— DENVER (AP) – Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has announced a special COVID-19 legislative session to discuss a $220 million stimulus package to aid bars, restaurants, tenants, landlords and students. Polis says it includes tax relief for restaurants and bars affected by capacity limits, funds for child-care providers, rental assistance for tenants and landlords and ...
  • Garfield County Pleas With State to Stay in Yellow for COVID-19
    GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Will  Garfield County’s COVID-19 level move to orange or remain in the less restrictive yellow category?  In a special, late afternoon meeting with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Board of County Commissioners made a formal request to remain in yellow or “Safer at Home.” CDPHE Chief of Staff Mara Borsey ...
  • Rankin Wins Tight State Senate Race
    GLENWOOD SPRINGS—In an important Western Slope political horse race, it was a photo finish for the Republican party. Bob Rankin crossed the finish line just ahead of his worthy and respected Democrat challenger Karl Hanlon. The longtime rancher and Glenwood Springs City Attorney called Rankin today to concede the race and offer his congratulations.  In ...
  • John Martin Preparing For a Seventh & Final Term
    GLENWOOD SPRINGS—With a margin of 517 votes, John Martin is confident the citizens have reelected him as Garfield County Commissioner in District 2. Martin once again was able to hold off a fierce and worthy challenger on election night. Democrat Beatriz Soto jumped out to an early and sizable lead that she maintained until Martin ...
  • Robinson Promises to Continue the Fight
    RIFLE—Leslie Robinson admits she came up short of her goal of beating Mike Samson in the District 3 commissioner’s race but she says she’s not going away. In a post election letter, Robinson says, “I am not going to concede that we have lost.”  While losing to Samson by nearly 1,000 votes, Robinson points to ...
  • Samson Earns Another Term in District 3
    RIFLE—Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson is relieved and thankful for being reelected in District 3.  Getting to the finish line for his fourth term in office was grueling. His Democrat challenger, Leslie Robinson, put up quite a battle and jumped out to an early lead that she maintained most of election night. Samson says he ...
  • Local Hospital COVID Numbers
    RIFLE/GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Garfield County’s two hospitals are at opposite ends of the COVID-19 spectrum.  Grand River Health in Rifle is reporting a 7.7 percent positivity rate for COVID-19 testing. Out of 4,349 tests administered at Grand River, 336 came back positive with 97 still pending. A dozen people have tested positive in Western Garfield County since ...
  • Glenwood Springs Apartment Fires
    GLENWOOD SPRINGS—An early evening fire damaged three units at an apartment complex near Glenwood Meadows Monday. According to reports from the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, a call about a structure fire went out just before 5:30 at the Glenwood Green Apartments just off of Wulfsohn Road. Crews arrived within minutes and found smoke coming from ...