NEWS

GARFIELD COUNTY SEEKING FUNDING SOLUTIONS FOR DETOX CENTER

Glenwood Springs—Doctors. law enforcement professionals, city and county leaders all agree; Garfield County desperately needs a detox center, maybe two.  Commissioner Mike Samson helped assemble a county-wide task force to discuss the issue in Glenwood Springs yesterday.  Garfield County once had a suitable place to take intoxicated people for recovery and treatment but closed many years ago due to a lack of support.  Samson says the current situation is unacceptable.  He says right now, the only option is to take someone who’s drunk or high to an emergency room which in turn creates a ripple effect of problems.  The big issue is funding.  The task force suggested asking voters to approve a small tax to cover the cost.  The group will meet again on the 26th of this month at 9am in the Garfield County Commissioners meeting room.

SKICO RESPONDED PROPERLY TO STRANDED SKIERS ON SHUTDOWN LIFT

Aspen—The Aspen Skiing Company responded properly when the Tiehack Ski Lift at Buttermilk shut down last month, stranding 76 passengers for two hours. That’s the conclusion of investigators with the Colorado Tramway Safety Board. Officials with the state board issued a statement this week saying it would not take any additional information regarding the December 23rd incident. According to documents submitted by SkiCo, a circuit failure is to blame for the shutdown. It was the third year in a row that a mechanical failure caused a lift malfunction during a busy holiday period.