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Garfield County is riding ahead on exploring the potential for off-highway vehicle use on county roads — sparking optimism among some riders.Commissioners on Tuesday recommended county administrators continue working with a committee that has spent months delving into the issue and analyzing models in neighboring counties, such as Rio Blanco.The committee was awaiting the outcome of legislation at the state
Published: May 4, 2016
The U.S. Forest Service wants to replace wildness with wilderness at the Conundrum Hot Springs.The agency wants to implement a new management system for the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness that would better equip it to adapt to surging popularity and changing conditions in certain areas.The biggest change in style would be implementation of a permit system to visit high-use areas such
Published: May 4, 2016
The owner of Alpine Tire Co. in Glenwood Springs has been awarded $75,000 in his claim against the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority over property damage he says occurred when RFTA built its 27th Street Bus Rapid Transit station next to his business three years ago.However, attorneys for RFTA will be asking the intergovernmental, tax-funded agency’s governing board next week to
Published: May 4, 2016
Published: May 4, 2016
DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday struck down attempts by two cities to ban or delay fracking, a major victory for the oil and gas industry. The court ruled that a ban on fracking in Longmont and a five-year moratorium in Fort Collins are invalid because they conflict with state law. State officials and the industry argued the
Published: May 2, 2016
Immigrants and advocates say two Garfield County companies have been charging money to arrange appointments under Colorado’s program to provide driver licenses for eligible undocumented residents – a practice under investigation by the state attorney general’s office.The practice, which one business owner says is a service he’s providing at no profit simply because the appointments are so difficult to obtain,
Published: May 4, 2016
Habitat For Humanity’s ReStore is accustomed to reaping large donations of furniture, electronics and such when Aspen-area hotels decide to remodel.But the Roaring Fork chapter’s stores in Basalt and Glenwood Springs have never seen anything quite like the estate belongings that were donated in late April.The latest bounty features promotional still photos from blockbuster movies, Indian artifacts, a Steinway piano
Published: May 4, 2016
Senator Bennet is another career politician. He will say and do anything to get re-elected. He is saying that no person who goes to college should have to be in debt. So does that mean he wants them to go to a bank and borrow the money? If you’re out of college and you can’t find a job, are looking
Published: May 4, 2016
The Morrow Draw Trail in east Rifle officially opened earlier this month, the Rifle Area Mountain Biking Organization (RAMBO) and the city of Rifle announced.The trail runs adjacent to Morrow Drive from the corner of Ninth Street and Munro Avenue, and ends at the corner of Birch Avenue and Firethorn Drive. Running approximately three-quarters of a mile in length, the
Published: April 27, 2016
Garfield County is considering how far to go with a planned overhaul of the county’s broadband infrastructure, which is hoped to facilitate what Commissioner Tom Jankovsky called the “economic development of the future.”Before the commissioners can get that far, they and the municipalities would have to persuade voters to opt out of a 2005 state law barring government from getting
Published: May 4, 2016
Chris Janson will open the 2016 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo Friday night concert in August, solidifying a lineup that officials hope will draw the largest crowd in the fair’s history. The county officially announced Janson’s addition to this year’s concert lineup earlier this week.He will open the Friday night show, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 5, with
Published: May 4, 2016
Thom passed peacefully from this life on the morning of April 6, 2016, after suffering a heart complication. He was surrounded and supported by his loving family during the last days of his life.Thom was born in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, to Arrel and Vivian Black on July 29, 1953. He graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 1971. He married
Published: May 4, 2016
What’s wrong with income inequality?A dominant issue in the presidential campaign is “how do we eliminate income equality?” It’s not possible, and we shouldn’t. The American economic system provides unlimited opportunity for income advancement. One of the primary tenets of our system is incentive. If we work hard and generate an income, we can keep the fruits of our labor.
Published: May 4, 2016
Several organizations in our area have been awarded grants from the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation, which was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, operator of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and www.postindependent.com, along with the Vail Daily and The Aspen Times in this region.The foundation awards grants to organizations that provide direct service to help with the
Published: May 4, 2016
Leila Blanc, 92, of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, passed away April 30, 2016. She loved her family, friends and animals dearly.Leila was born August 21, 1923, in Silt, Colorado, to Joseph and Emma Toller. Leila married Albert Blanc.Leila is survived by her daughter Mary Gonzales, nephews Eugene and Don Mattivi, nieces Sylvia Gonzales, and Evalina Wellman, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.Leila
Published: May 4, 2016
STEVENSVILLE — Carl John Midland Jr., 77, passed away peacefully in the company of family and friends on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, MT. He was born on July 29, 1938, in Chicago, IL, to the late Carl John Midland Sr. and Alice Weldon Midland. Carl is survived by his daughter Kelly Ann Lindsey of
Published: May 4, 2016
Last week, careercast.com ranked newspaper reporter as the worst job for the third year in a row. Tuesday, I had a chance to tell students at my high school alma mater why that’s just not true. My booth at the Roaring Fork Young Professionals’ second annual career fair at Roaring Fork High School wasn’t as flashy as Colorado Mountain College’s
Published: May 4, 2016
An Old Snowmass woman received her second DUI in five weeks Saturday after her 7-year-old daughter told police her mother was driving a car found crashed into a guardrail near Holland Hills, according to a law enforcement report.Aura Aroche-Morales, 34, denied driving the wrecked car, first saying that she’d been on the bus, then later telling officers her friend had
Published: May 4, 2016
Snowmass Village water district residents approved a tax increase to pay for a new wastewater treatment plant on Tuesday. Four hundred twenty-eight residents voted in favor of the mill levy increase that will cover the almost $20 million cost of the project, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election. The increase means property owners in the district will pay an
Published: May 4, 2016
Be a part of historyBecome a vital part of the Glenwood Springs Historical Society and Frontier Museum by volunteering three hours a week during the busy summer months. The museum is looking for lovers of history and people to man the front desk. For more information call (970) 945-4448.The “laundry trains” of the Colorado Midland RailroadThe “laundry trains” of the
Published: May 3, 2016
A furious rally in the final two innings by the Roaring Fork Rams came up excruciatingly short at Ron Patch Field in Carbondale Tuesday against the visiting Coal Ridge Titans, who held on for a nail-biting 10-9 win to remain in contention for the 3A Western Slope League title. The Titans had a 9-1 lead through five innings before the
Published: May 3, 2016
It might have taken a year, but the Coal Ridge Titans girls soccer team finally vanquished the Vail Mountain Gore Rangers when it mattered most, winning 3-2 in overtime Wednesday to win the 3A/2A Western Slope League championship.One year after losing a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to the Gore Rangers, the Titans bounced back in a big way at “The Pasture”
Published: May 3, 2016
Ever since my parents came to England in 1972, my mum has had a wild love affair with roast chicken.The only thing she loves even more is her family and unfortunately for her, my dad is a vegetarian. So for 41 years now, her opportunities to turn the oven on, throw caution to the wind and put a beautiful bird
Published: May 3, 2016
Breakfast in bed is a love language in our home. Anytime there is a special occasion to celebrate — a birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, whatever — the rest of the family follows an unspoken agreement to meet early in the kitchen to craft a breakfast-in-bed tray. I’m always first to the kitchen, and as I get the project rolling
Published: May 3, 2016
Have you ever gone to the car wash and gotten an average job where you can still find dirty spots? Or have you gone to a fancy, nice-looking restaurant where the service and the food are average as well? What about going to the doctor and getting mediocre service? While it’s true that I have found many amazing doctors that
Published: May 2, 2016
Springtime is here and what does that mean? Backcountry skiing! Who says it’s time to put away your skis just yet? Colorado mountain weather is unpredictable, and snow in May is always a possibility (There’s a storm rolling in as we speak), so why not get some last-minute runs before it all melts off?[iframe width=”640” height=”360” src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y5n-AzQYNxw” frameborder=”0” allowfullscreen></iframe]Birth of
Published: May 3, 2016
Foreclosure filings in Garfield County for the first four months of 2016 are on track to remain around pre-recession levels, with the western part of the county continuing to experience the largest number of foreclosure filings, according to data released by the Garfield County Public Trustee’s Office. As of Monday morning, 33 foreclosures had been filed in 2016, said Garfield
Published: May 2, 2016
Every day we’re presented with a thousand opportunities to evolve. It’s the little things that define who we are and who we become. My freshman year of college, I got a flat tire driving my 1986 Jeep Cherokee from Bangor to the University of Maine. Long before cell phones, I flagged down a state trooper to call for roadside assistance.
Published: May 3, 2016
I don’t know if it’s just me, but lately there seems to be a lot of stories in the media regarding how eating food that is misshapen, like crooked carrots or oblong oranges, can save the planet. Every year about one-third of the food the world produces goes to waste. A large amount is wasted in the field during picking
Published: May 3, 2016
EAGLE-VAIL — An Eagle-Vail resident awoke in his second floor apartment early Saturday to find a baby bear rummaging through the refrigerator.First, here’s what you really want to know — no injuries (to humans or bear) were reported. Mama bear was not around.The call rolled in about 4:45 a.m. Saturday, when the resident reported a bear in the living room,
Published: May 3, 2016
SILT — On the cold and snowy morning of April 15, young 4-H members were not deterred by weather conditions and came to pick their new lambs.Letey Crownhart, 12, Kyra Reeds, 8, from Carbondale, and Rylyn Jacobs, 8, from Parachute, all came to the Jewell Sheep Farm in Silt. The Jewells are starting a catch-a-lamb project in Garfield County and
Published: May 3, 2016
As Glenwood Springs leaders struggle to find ways to help meet a pent-up demand for attainable middle-income housing, construction began last week on a project that will cater to at least one other demographic that’s in need of housing options.Plans were approved by City Council nearly three years ago and more recently modified for the Stoney River Assisted Living residences
Published: May 2, 2016
This week, hundreds of creative leaders from around the state will gather in Carbondale for Colorado Creative Industries’ fifth annual summit, and residents are going to notice.“You’ll start seeing some things you don’t see every day,” said Amy Kimberly, director of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. “A lot of synergy from this area will be coming together.”You might
Published: May 2, 2016
In last week’s column, “Doping with veggies,” I discussed how plants with a high nitrate concentration such as beets and green leafy vegetables have been shown to improve athletic performance. The nitrates are converted by the body to nitric oxide, which improves function of the endothelial lining of arteries and dilates them. In addition, these foods actually make oxygen usage
Published: May 2, 2016
“To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the other.” — Pope John Paul IIEarly each morning, before going off to work, John Guadnola tended to the plants in his large garden at his home at 1128 Colorado Ave. in
Published: May 2, 2016
The Glenwood Springs City Council has a lot on its plate. It always will. It must hire a permanent city manager, must address a couple of critical issues related to the Grand Avenue bridge project, should find a way to boost attainable housing and faces a long list of other key matters, from renewal of the Acquisitions & Improvements sales
Published: May 1, 2016
It’s nice to put down in words that spring has arrived, and things are greening up nicely all around us. All varieties of flowers are poking their heads out of the ground to smile at Mr. Sun, and most importantly, my cumbersome, layered winter running garb has been replaced gladly with shorts and a long-sleeved shirt. Hooray!The only negative to
Published: May 1, 2016
Two Garfield County men were arrested last week in connection with a motel party involving methamphetamine, cocaine and at least three underage girls.On the evening of April 20, a 26-year-old man contacted Glenwood Springs police concerned that his 17-year-old cousin had been missing all day. She had posted a photo of herself holding a whisky bottle in a motel room
Published: April 29, 2016
RIFLE — City Council will enter Wednesday poised for an open-ended conversation on the city’s marijuana regulations with the intent of providing some direction to staff on how to proceed.That direction could range from leaving the current regulations — which ban the retail sale of marijuana and limit the number of cultivation facilities to four — as is, to opening
Published: May 1, 2016
Two Rivers Community School in West Glenwood is thinking to the future as it prepares to wrap up its second year as a state-sanctioned public charter school serving kindergarten through eighth grade students from throughout Garfield County. The 210-student school is in the process of securing a loan to purchase the former U.S. Postal Service mail sorting warehouse at the
Published: May 1, 2016
When Mark Spidell bought the two commercial office buildings at 1614 and 1620 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs, he knew he was “inheriting a project.”All sorts of upgrades were needed. This month, a contractor is replacing shingles on the exterior of the two buildings.Indoors, a series of lighting upgrades over the past two years in the ground floor and basement
Published: May 1, 2016
The Garfield Library District board has scheduled interviews for two candidates for director of the six-branch operation. The candidates are Sam Passey, director of the Uintah County Library in Utah; and Judith “Sue” Lathrop, director of the Clear Creek Library District in Colorado.Passey is to be interviewed May 5 and Lathrop on May 12, both at 6 p.m. at the
Published: May 1, 2016
County- and state-level Republicans dined at the Lincoln/Reagan Freedom Dinner Friday evening, and several candidates outlined differences with their opponents.Garfield County Commissioner John Martin and his challenger in the June 28 Republican primary, Silt Trustee Aron Diaz, did not. The two spoke only briefly, neither wading into campaign issues. Martin asked his constituents to consider his accomplishments during his long
Published: May 1, 2016
In the United States, about 70 percent of us cannot see the Milky Way because it’s too light at night.Matt Dieterich could imagine it, but he loves the night and doesn’t want to do so.Dieterich is an astronomy and night sky education ranger in Mount Rainier National Park, and as the National Park Service celebrates its centennial, the U.S. Postal
Published: May 1, 2016
The most important work we do as a chamber of commerce is work our members and community know little about. It’s done in meetings at City Hall. It’s done in phone calls to state legislators. It’s done via countless email communications and personal conversations with local officials.In the past few months we lobbied for the return of fireworks on the
Published: May 1, 2016
Question: Why did we need ramp improvements and roundabout enhancements at Interstate 70 Exit 114? Three main reasons explain why Exit 114 is getting a facelift: capacity issues, safety and functionality. During the Grand Avenue bridge detour in fall 2017, Exit 114 will be the primary entrance and exit for commuters and visitors. This required that CDOT evaluate the interchange
Published: May 1, 2016
A Roaring Fork School District board seat has opened up after Daniel Biggs announced last week that he will be moving out of his Glenwood Springs director district and will have to step down.Biggs is in his fifth year on the school board, after he was unopposed for re-election in the November 2015 general election. He won the Director District
Published: May 1, 2016
Alpine Animal Hospital hires small animal vetAlpine Animal Hospital on old Highway 82 in Carbondale has hired small animal veterinarian Dr. Melissa Gisleson. Gisleson has recently moved to the valley with her husband, Andy, to join Alpine as an associate veterinarian for companion animal medicine and surgery. Ever since Gisleson can remember animals have played an integral part in her
Published: May 1, 2016
Frederica Young makes dean’s list, joins honor societyFrederica Young of New Castle has made the deans’ list at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Young, majoring in neuroscience, is honored for a fall semester 2015 academic standing of a 3.5 or better grade-point average. Young is a 2015 graduate of Coal Ridge High School.Young has also accepted membership in The
Published: May 1, 2016
Linda Criswell always figured it was Mary Lilly who first picked up on dolphin sounds and how they mimicked human speech when she was working alongside her famous researcher ex-husband, the late John C. Lilly, in the middle part of the last century.“That would be something Mary would notice,” said Criswell, who was a close friend of Mary’s in recent
Published: April 30, 2016
WASHINGTON -- One of the most effective political ads of the season features women repeating the many derogatory statements Donald Trump has made about the fairer sex.No editorial comment is needed when a candidate’s own words stand alone to expose his flaws, and thus to condemn him.Just ask Mitt Romney, whose 47 percent remark effectively ended his presidential aspirations. Saying
Published: April 30, 2016
The Garfield School District Re-2 Board of Education is back to being fully filled, following the swearing in of John “Brock” Hedberg last Tuesday. Hedberg, owner of Hy-Way Feed and Ranch Supply in Silt and a current member of the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo Board, filled the seat vacated by Tara Rumery, who was elected to the seat in
Published: April 30, 2016
There’s a bounty on spurge in Garfield County, and it’s a good time to collect. Until June 3, you can exchange a bag of myrtle or cypress spurge for a $20 voucher redeemable for landscape or garden plants at the Mountain Valley Greenhouse or Garfield County fairgrounds.It’s part of an attempt to get ahead in the fight against noxious weeds
Published: April 30, 2016
Aaron Cruz KoskiProud parents Kelsey and Caleb Koski announce the birth of their son, Aaron Cruz Koski, on April 14, 2016. Aaron weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces at birth. Grandparents are John and Donna Nystrom and Kip and Wendy Koski.
Published: April 30, 2016
Though it has been kind of enjoyable watching tourists and locals alike play “Frogger” on Sixth Street for the past few months, I am beginning to realize it is only a matter of time before somebody gets smoked by a car or possibly one of the hundreds of semi-trucks rolling through that zone all day. As the tourist season approaches,
Published: April 30, 2016
After reading headlines in PI April 21 (Cooper Commons wins largest FMLD grant ever), it is nice to see good causes reaping benefits. What I am not seeing is the source of these funds getting dispersed as originally intended. The Federal Mineral lease and Severance Tax distributions were targeted for energy development impacts.The first problem is the raid of these
Published: April 30, 2016
Glenwood Springs Elks Host Disabled VetsGlenwood Springs Elks Lodge No. 2286 hosted about 160 disabled veterans and DAV volunteers for lunch on four days beginning April 4. The veterans were in the region for the National Disabled Veterans Sports Clinic to ski and take part in other winter sports activities. The veterans were served game meat donated by members of
Published: April 29, 2016
Published: April 29, 2016
We would like to thank both Blaine Pritchett, the Project Director for the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline with Williams Company, and Bob Braddock, the senior project adviser for Jordan Cove LNG, for taking the time to update us on the progress of their project at the most recent Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce Energy Briefing.As CMU students working toward a
Published: April 29, 2016
It’s spring and honey bees are on the move. They’re going to spend the next month or so looking for new places to live as they swarm out after a long winter. Swarms are not dangerous and are considered docile, unless you try to hurt them, like any creature. Please call your local beekeeper if they’ve relocated too near to
Published: April 29, 2016
Rifle’s spring cleanup will resume May 2-5, covering residences west of Railroad Avenue and Highway 13, as well as those south of Interstate 70. Rifle Public Works Superintendent Bobby O’Dell reminds residents to separate metals and acceptable appliances from other garbage to reduce the number of trips for city staff. He also asks that residents consolidate piles as much as
Published: April 29, 2016
A ranch that has grown everything from strawberries to potatoes in Missouri Heights for 125 years wants to add cannabis to the list.A company that received prior approval from Eagle County to build two greenhouses and a drying and processing barn for an indoor marijuana growing operation on Missouri Heights has applied to add 5 acres of outdoor marijuana fields.RFSCG-1
Published: April 28, 2016
The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ “Renascence” show — opening 6:30 Friday night at the Launchpad — isn’t quite a rebirth, since the artists contributing are all well-established. Still, it’s a significant return to a local audience, and the title helps capture the spirit of creativity and collaboration that pushed them all to excel. Besides, with an all star
Published: April 28, 2016
The decision to add some diversity to the faces on our currency inspired plenty of celebration and a few ruffled feathers last week. Personally, as long as they steer clear of the likes of Joseph McCarthy and George Wallace, it makes very little difference to me who they put on our money. That’s one luxury of being a heterosexual, cisgender
Published: April 28, 2016
Published: April 28, 2016
All-State Concert Band was hosted by UNC in Greeley on May 31 through April 2. Students earned the right to participate through an extremely competitive live audition in December. Thousands of kids auditioned, and 220 kids earned a spot in two bands: Symphonic Band for kids from schools with 1,100 or more students and Concert Band for kids from schools
Published: April 28, 2016
RIDE gives a big thank youRiding Institute for Disabled Equestrians says thank you to all the people who supported the fundraiser- documentary Playing with Magic at the Ute Theater. Special thanks to Alpine Bank, Vicki Lee Green Realtors, Columbine Ford, Mountain Waste and Recycling, and WingNutz. The Ute Theater is a great place to hold activities for the community. It
Published: April 28, 2016
I wholeheartedly agree with Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario that DA Sherry Caloia is doing a poor job. How many drug dealers has Lou busted that Sherry has set free by asking for ridiculously low bail? I haven’t read about any of them showing up for their day in court much less being convicted. I think a pro-police DA is
Published: April 28, 2016
Trajectory. We spend most of our parental life putting our kids on a trajectory for success. Success cannot be guaranteed, but we sacrifice and educate and show them through experience what a wonderful world they live in.Glenwood Elementary School invited my volunteer wife and I on a field trip with third-graders to visit ACES and the Aspen Art Museum. Fifty
Published: April 28, 2016
WASHINGTON — Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven’t had to be. Our instinctive isolationism derives from our geographic exceptionalism. As Bismarck once explained (it is said), the United States is the most fortunate of all Great Powers, bordered on two
Published: April 28, 2016
Deloris Mae Pepper has gone to be with the Lord. There will be a celebration of life service at the Silt Community Center, Friday, April 29th, 2016, at 2:30pm. Come celebrate with us.
Published: April 28, 2016
There are few art forms as personal as poetry, and for Charles Braddy, Saturday night at the Marble Distillery is especially so. Titled “Colophenia” — a play on The Who album “Quadrophenia” — the event is “an epic story told through music and poetry,” with spoken word by Braddy and Ridgway poet Erika Moss Gordon and accompanied by Louis Girardot’s
Published: April 28, 2016
A pair of big names in the world of rock ‘n’ roll, including harmonica master John Popper of Blues Traveler fame, are slated to grace the stage at this summer’s Strawberry Days Festival in Glenwood Springs.Popper is the founder and lead singer for the popular jam band that rose to fame in the 1990s alongside other well-known groups from that
Published: April 21, 2016
When Naomi Pulver graduates from Roaring Fork High School this year, it will be the first time in decades her family hasn’t been represented in the Carbondale school system. Still, she refuses to be overshadowed by her talented siblings, instead pursuing poetry and music and finding a style of her own.Post Independent: What’s it like to be the youngest of
Published: April 28, 2016
Roller derby is more than women with cool nicknames duking it out on the rink. For the 10th Mountain Division Roller Dolls, it’s a way of life.The team in Eagle formed in 2011 and is starting to get serious in the world of roller derby. In March, the team graduated from its apprenticeship with The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association
Published: April 28, 2016
Last week, I celebrated another 525,600 minutes on this planet. This is a feat worth noting.I believe my life flashed before my eyes on more than one occasion in 2015. The stomach virus that nearly ruined Christmas was a doozie. There was the surprise breech baby birth requiring an emergency c-section with a blood transfusion to follow. And, three weeks
Published: April 28, 2016
The other night, I was having dinner with a friend and he got that crafty look that says “I’m gonna do one of my really clever game changers where we go from an ordinary conversation to a ‘hey, so how about those…” that starts a jangling debate ending in laughter while giving the opponent truly a run for the money.
Published: April 28, 2016
THIS WEEKENDCarbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities (CCAH): Mountain Fair Poster Design ContestCARBONDALE — The theme of this year’s Mountain Fair is CommUNITY. The winning design will be on t-shirts, the official poster, and the artist will receive $500. Designs can be in any medium. Please include The 45th Carbondale Mountain Fair within the design along with the dates,
Published: April 28, 2016
Post Independent reporter John Stroud recalls the first winter he lived in Carbondale, 1987-88, sitting in what then was the Steakhouse, where Town restaurant is now, with the late musician Howard Berkman. It was dumping snow, no plows were out and downtown was largely deserted. It was, John recalls, an extremely cool mountain moment.PI features and entertainment editor Will Grandbois,
Published: April 24, 2016
Residents and visitors in Rifle have one less option for breakfast following the state’s seizure Friday of the Base Camp Cafe because of back taxes owed.According to a notice posted by the Colorado Department of Revenue, the business owes the state $8,051. A public sale of the assets — including personal property, furniture, fixtures, equipment and inventory — is scheduled
Published: April 26, 2016
After weighing testimony from a competency hearing earlier this month for Anthony Padia, a New Castle man facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of his father, Judge James Boyd ruled Wednesday that Padia is still incompetent.The charges stem from December 2014, when police say Padia and his father got into a fight that resulted in the latter’s death.
Published: April 27, 2016
Ninth Judicial District Attorney Sherry Caloia has recently faced stiff criticism from the Garfield County Sheriff and other law enforcement heads in for what they perceive as too much leniency toward criminals, among other complaints.But the DA is standing by policies that she says got her elected in the first place. Part of that philosophy can be seen in a
Published: April 27, 2016
On Jan. 22, 2015, 21-year-old Grant Ronnebeck was fatally shot by a criminal alien, Apolinar Altamirano, while working his shift at a Mesa, Arizona, convenience store. Altamirano was out on bond when he executed Grant. While driving back from Phoenix recently, I heard an interview with Grant’s still-grieving father. He could not understand how our government had allowed a criminal
Published: April 27, 2016
Mary Kathleen Slack , (“Kathy” ) (Tomlin) born August 18th, 1954. She was 61. Kathy was born in Basehor, Kansas to Geneva and Lawrence Tomlin. She was raised by Robert J Powers and Geneva Powers (Tomlin). Kathy graduated from Lansing High School in 1972. She worked in the restaurant/bar business until 1989. Where she worked as a property manager/private housekeeper.In
Published: April 27, 2016
Phyllis Jeanne George, 84, passed away April 25, 2016 in Rifle, Colorado. Service will be held at The Rifle Senior Center on Wednesday May 4th at 1 pm. Survivors include sons; Stephen George of Georgia, Lee Christian of Nevada and daughter Cindy George of Colorado. 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Rifle Funeral Home has been entrusted with her arrangements.
Published: April 27, 2016
Rock icon Graham Nash is opening the shows on his current solo tour at the beginning of his career, with The Hollies’ 1966 British invasion hit “Bus Stop.” From there, the 74-year-old works his way through his timeless work with Crosby, Still & Nash (and occasionally Young) up through his most recent solo album, “This Path Tonight,” released earlier this
Published: April 27, 2016
EDWARDS — The first anniversary of the initial Nepal earthquake came and went on Monday, with media reports that millions of aid dollars have not reached the victims, whose lives remain mired in rubble.That’s not the case with the money you donated, Eagle County.The Sherpa Foundation raised more than $100,000 in a few months and spent every dime rebuilding homes
Published: April 27, 2016
Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot announced her resignation at the board of trustees meeting Wednesday.The mayor said her family had a housing opportunity in Redstone that they couldn’t pass up. Because the mayor is required to live within town limits, she had to make the decision to “unequivocally” choose her family over the position.Carbondale’s municipal code requires that if the mayor’s
Published: April 27, 2016
While people who live in Aspen wait 10 minutes to catch a bus to Snowmass Village, for free.I live in Rifle and must wait hours at a time and pay $3 to go the same distance one way. Does it seem legit that $46.2 million was spent to give people who live in Aspen and Snowmass a free ride?Rudi KirchenwitzRifle
Published: April 27, 2016
Let’s be honest. The only problem Lou Vallario has with the DA’s office is Sherry Caloia is a Democrat and he is a gun-toting tea partier.If Sherry was a conservative, this issue would have never surfaced. It’s unfortunate that elected officials like Vallario can’t keep their political views from hindering them from performing their job without prejudice.Dean WagnerBasalt
Published: April 27, 2016
Mike Morgan, outgoing chief of Colorado River Fire Rescue, entered his new role as director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control during a formal transfer of command ceremony last Friday in Lakewood.Morgan, who started his firefighting career about 30 years ago in Garfield County, was named to the position in mid-March. When the time came to fill
Published: April 27, 2016
SILT — Newly elected members to the town board were officially sworn in Monday.For freshly minted trustee Dina Prieto, it was her first meeting. With family members in attendance, Prieto thanked the residents of Silt for electing her to the position.“I’m very nervous, but at the same very excited to learn from all of you,” she said to her fellow
Published: April 27, 2016
Revisions to Garfield School District Re-2’s policies regarding concurrent enrollment will not significantly hinder high school students ability to participate in the popular program, despite some earlier confusion to the contrary.The school board adopted the changes earlier this month that, among other things, will allow students to take two classes rather than be restricted by six credit hours.Concurrent enrollment allows
Published: April 27, 2016
Time has not warmed some Western Slope officials’ feelings toward the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed changes to land planning rules.The BLM proposed the changes as a way to update rules established more than 30 years ago and make it easier for the public to comment and contribute earlier in the planning process. The changes are part of what BLM
Published: April 27, 2016
DENVER — Firefighters said Tuesday they expect another average or below-average wildfire season in Colorado in 2016, the third mild year in a row. “That’s always good news,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said after announcing the outlook. But even an average year can bring thousands of wildfires, he said, and a dry spell could make things worse. The fire outlook is
Published: April 27, 2016
A proposal to reduce by a quarter the required amount of parking for a 116-unit apartment complex in West Glenwood could foretell a likely contentious discussion as the city embarks on a rewrite of its development code.During a public hearing concerning the proposed Oasis Creek Apartments project last week, City Councilor Kathryn Trauger pointed to the planned code review and
Published: April 26, 2016
With snow and cold temperatures dominating the forecast Tuesday, the Roaring Fork Rams and 2A No. 4 Hotchkiss Bulldogs battled through less than ideal conditions in the Bulldogs’ 14-3 win over the Rams at Ron Patch Field.As as a mixture of sleet and snow fell throughout the game, the Roaring Fork pitching staff seemingly couldn’t heat up early on against
Published: April 26, 2016
One of the three finalists for the Glenwood Springs city manager job has dropped out of contention.Mayor Mike Gamba said the city received word over the weekend that Joe Hannan, former city manager in Palmer, Alaska, had accepted another job.That leaves two finalists in the running for the Glenwood position, Debra Figueroa, the current assistant borough manager in Carlisle, Pennsylvania,
Published: April 26, 2016
Four adults and two children are sleeping in hotels after their home was engulfed in flames Monday afternoon.Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson said Tuesday that it’s still very early in the investigation, but initial indications are the fire was started by “improper disposal of smoking material.”When the fire began, Sopris Elementary School pupils at recess nearby alerted their teachers
Published: April 26, 2016
Without knowing it, you probably have encountered modern slavery, which generates $150 billion a year worldwide.Perhaps you’ve met a contract cleaning worker who doesn’t speak English. Though not every such worker is in this spot, that person may lack documentation, may rely on a supervisor for transportation and housing, and may not control any money they are “paid.” Or, maybe
Published: April 26, 2016

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