NEWS

STORM KING ANNIVERSARY

Glenwood Springs—22 years ago today, the South Canyon Fire claimed the lives of 14 firefighters on Storm King Mountain. Local fire officials and others who were around on that tragic day will stop by the Storm King Memorial at Two Rivers Park to honor the men and women who died; Kathi Beck, Tami Bickett, Scott Blecha, Levi Brinkley, Robert Browning, Doug Dunbar, Terri Hagen, Bonnie Holtby, Rob Johnson, Jon Kelso, Don Mackey, Roger Roth, James Thrash and Richard Tyler.

RURAL WEST SLOPE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN FINANCIAL TROUBLE

Routt County—Many teachers and faculty members of a rural school district in South Routt County may not get paid this summer. State Board of Education Commissioner Joyce Rankin says she recently received a phone call from a panicked superintendent about the crisis facing the Sorocco School District. Rankin says it’s due to the financial problems of Peabody Energy. Rankin says the nearly bankrupt company recently laid off 15 percent of it’s employees and still can’t pay it’s taxes which the schools rely on. Rankin says the district is applying for an emergency grant to fill the gap until fall.

CATTLE CREEK CONSTRUCTION SPEEDERS

Glenwood Springs—Impatient, lead-footed motorists are apparently ignoring the cones and work zone warnings to slow down through the Cattle Creek project on Highway 82. Garfield County officials are worried that someone is going to get hurt. Assistant County Manager Fred Jarman discussed the issue with commissioners Tuesday. He says drivers need to account for any delays through the area going both directions until the project is completed. He says the acceleration and deceleration lanes at Cattle Creek are on budget and on time and should be done by the end of September.

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