Rifle—For the second time in three months, a Rifle business has been forced to close due to tax problems. The popular breakfast hangout, Base Camp was recently seized by the state for nonpayment of taxes. Plastered on the front door of the restaurant on East 3rd Street is a notice from the Colorado Department of Revenue with the word ‘SEIZED’ in red letters. According to records, Base Camp owners owe a little over $8,000.00 in back taxes. Unless someone comes up the money, all of the equipment, furniture and other items will be auctioned off Thursday, May 5th at 11am. Back in February, the state seized control of the Cruise Control Auto Repair Shop for thousands of dollars in back taxes.


Glenwood Springs—“Improper Disposal of Smoking Material.” According to initial reports from investigators, that’s what sparked the fire that completely destroyed a home in South Glenwood Springs Monday afternoon. Local fire officials were assisted by an agent from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and an insurance company investigator is expected to take a look at the charred remains of the home overlooking Sopris Elementary School. Meanwhile, the community has rallied around the displaced families who were renting the home and are now sleeping in hotels. Alpine Bank is accepting donations under the name of one of the occupants, Ayla Smith. Some of the basic needs include store and restaurant gift cards as well as clothes for women and toddler girls and boys along with double-XL clothes and shoes for men. Grease Monkey in South Glenwood has agreed to help out as a drop off location for donations.

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