Parachute—Four-week old Sarah Ogden had a twin brother.  The baby girl who died June 20th in Parachute after allegedly being beaten by her father, will be remembered and honored during a memorial service this Friday night at Cottonwood Park in Parachute.  The service and fundraiser was organized by community leaders in Battlement Mesa and Parachute to not only keep her memory alive but to help cover expenses for her cremation as well as keepsakes for her twin brother including necklaces and a baby footprint card.  Organizers also want to start a college fund for Sarah’s brother.  Any additional funds would be donated to county non-profit groups that provide services to child abuse victims and their families.  This Friday’s memorial will be held at 6:30 at Cottonwood Park.  Donations can be made at any Alpine Bank in the trust of Sarah Ogden.


Glenwood Springs—Financially, 2016 will be the calm before the storm for Garfield County.  County officials kicked off the budget talks yesterday with a warning to every department head to prepare for a big drop in sales and property tax revenues in 2017.  While the county still has over one hundred million dollars in reserves and no debt, Finance Director Anne Driggers says every department needs to begin prioritizing expenditures for this year and be ready for a decrease in revenue that could total 14 to 20 million dollars.  Several meetings and public hearings on the 2016 budget are scheduled between now and November 9th when the county hopes to adopt the final plan.