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May 19, 2011
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - The eastbound lanes on Interstate 70 between No Name and Glenwood Springs will be closed for about 45 minutes starting at 2 p.m. on Friday, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The closure is necessary to allow the removal of the electronic variable message sign over the east bound lanes at milepost 118, just east of the No Name Tunnel. A new sign is slated to be installed later in June.

The project is part of a regional project to upgrade the variable message signs serving eastbound traffic at Vail, Edwards, No Name and at Horizon Drive in Grand Junction.

The Garfield County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Monday to hold a discussion on the proposed the White River National Forest travel management plan.

Discussion will also include the rulemaking efforts for the Colorado Roadless Rule.

Staff from the forest service will attend the meeting.

In other action, the commissioners are slated to appoint Betsy Suerth as the county government's road supervisor; consider options for dealing with septic ponds at the West Garfield County Landfill, and discuss lawsuits in play for various county roads.

The meeting is set to begin at 9 a.m. at the Garfield County Administration Building, 108 8th St. in Glenwood Springs.

The Garfield County Commissioners have named Andrew "Drew" Gorgey to be the new Garfield County attorney, effective July 1. He replaces longtime county attorney Don DeFord, who retired in December.

Gorgey is the top assistant county attorney for El Paso County, where he has worked since 2002. He is experienced in many areas of county government law.

He previously worked in private practice in Colorado Springs, and served for three years as a criminal prosecutor with the 4th Judicial District Attorney.

Gorgey is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He has held leadership positions in state and local bar associations, taught law at the college level, and is an active community volunteer.

A form of equine herpes is spreading in western states, with six cases confirmed in horses in Colorado.

The outbreak of equine herpes virus myeloencephalopathy (EHM), which can be fatal, started at a cutting horse show in Ogden, Utah, that ran through May 8, investigators suspect.

Of the Colorado cases, three are in Mesa County. As a precautionary measure, horses are being banned from using the Mesa County Fairgrounds equestrian facilities, according to Jessica Peterson, public relations director for Mesa County.

Several upcoming equestrian events will be canceled as well, Peterson said.

Veterinarian Charles Maker of the Alpine Animal Hospital near Basalt said EHM is a highly contagious respiratory disease. There is no known equine vaccination that protects against this strain of herpes, he said.

Horses that were potentially exposed to the virus at the Utah show have returned to several Western states. To compound the risk, horses that were exposed but didn't get sick can be carriers, investigators believe.

Maker said he hasn't heard of any horses in the Roaring Fork Valley getting sick from the virus. Educating horse owners and getting them to take precautions is vital to avoid an outbreak, he said.

Alpine Animal Hospital is posting updated information as it becomes available on its Facebook page. Maker also advised people caring for horses to visit the website for the American Association of Equine Practitioners at for more detailed information.

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The Post Independent Updated May 19, 2011 01:01AM Published May 19, 2011 12:59AM Copyright 2011 The Post Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.