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Glenwood Springs Elementary playground, 2 other Garfield projects win GOCO grants

March 27, 2017 — Glenwood Springs Elementary School, which is undergoing a $30 million renovation and school addition, will get some help with installing a new playground thanks to a $147,177 Great Outdoors Colorado recreation and parks grant. The Glenwood Springs grant, which the city applied for in partnership […]

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Glenwood symposium shines wellness spotlight on workplace

March 27, 2017 — Given that a third of the day for most working people is spent on the job, it makes some sense that wellness should begin in the workplace. That's one of the major themes Friday when area employers and employees gather in Glenwood Springs for the […]

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Glenwood council hopefuls don’t favor strong immigration action

March 27, 2017 — Glenwood Springs police should not be involved with rounding up undocumented, noncriminal immigrants, and the city should do what it can to make sure immigrant residents feel welcome and protected, candidates for three Glenwood City Council seats tend to agree. But that's not to say […]

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Torres column: Success will choose the person who is ready to keep it

March 27, 2017 — Let's say that you find the guy or woman of your dreams. He or she is everything you were dreaming of. Your new partner is loyal, understanding, patient, successful, caring, fit and knowledgeable, knows how to treat you and knows how to love people. But […]

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State’s ski fatalities rise to 12

March 27, 2017 — Two men died last week after ski injuries at separate Colorado resorts, increasing the state's winter season inbounds, ski-related fatalities to 12. A 35-year-old man died Friday morning, March 24, at Loveland Ski Area, just east of the Eisenhower Tunnel outside of Summit County, the […]

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Second man in Blue Lake deaths ID’d

March 27, 2017 — The second man found dead Friday at a home in the El Jebel area was identified late Monday by the Eagle County Coroner's Office. Camillo Sanchez, 30, and another man were found early Friday morning at the home at 108 Ermine Lane in Blue Lake […]

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Interior appeals board OKs Sutey Ranch exchange

March 27, 2017 — The Bureau of Land Management finalized the Sutey Ranch land exchange Monday, following the Interior Board of Land Appeals' decision in the deal's favor on the same day. While the BLM had plans to close on this deal in February, the IBLA, which is the […]

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Science column: Evidence of mass death in Colorado

March 25, 2017 — Colorado's full of rocks. Some bear gold, diamonds or silver. Others burble oil, gas and water. A rare few record death itself. These geological gallows occur in sedimentary rocks that dot some of our most inconspicuous scenery. Striped layers in such strata built up one […]

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Artist in New Castle rocks her unique yard sculptures

March 25, 2017 — New Castle artist Terry Muldoon's yard is part sculpture garden, part geology museum and part rock shop. Artistic treasures made of or adorned with rocks are tucked in every corner. A large, curvy bed of rocks runs alongside the driveway. The bed is filled with […]

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Guest opinion: BLM methane rule crucial to keeping West Slope’s skies blue

March 25, 2017 — What drives many folks West is the promise of open spaces and bright blue skies. Unfortunately, recent spikes in ozone levels have imperiled those blue skies along Colorado's West Slope. This influx of smog is having a direct impact on many families in Colorado, particularly […]

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Too many homes lack working smoke detectors

March 25, 2017 — Fire safety is becoming a heated topic in Garfield County as fire districts continue to worry that too many homes are left unprotected. In less than 12 months, the Colorado River Fire Rescue has responded to three serious house fires in which the home did […]

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Nonprofit Spotlight: Having a baby? Welcome to the child-care squeeze

March 24, 2017 — Any Garfield County parent will tell you: It can be tough to find child care in our area. With a booming population of young families, communities have struggled to keep up with the demand for affordable, quality services, especially for infants and toddlers. "You'll often […]

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Drone testing may come to Rifle airport

March 24, 2017 — The aerial firefighting center at the Rifle Garfield County Airport may expand into drone research under a bill working its way through the Colorado Legislature. House Bill 17-1070, which calls for the study of potential drone uses by public agencies, recently passed the Colorado Senate […]

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Pet vet: Understanding the importance of vitamin D for pets

March 24, 2017 — Vitamin D has been emerging as a very interesting substance. In some respects it acts as a hormone, while in other aspects as a vitamin. Its wide range of actions in the body underscore both the importance of vitamin D for health and the complexity […]

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Master your garden

March 23, 2017 — Now is the time to plant the seeds of volunteer spirit. The Colorado State University Colorado Master Gardener program will start again in Garfield County next year, and volunteers are needed to help the program grow. The local Colorado Master Gardener program is currently hosted […]

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Court decision could sway Colorado battle over oil-gas rules

March 23, 2017 — DENVER — Colorado regulators can put more weight on protecting public health and the environment when they draw up rules for oil and gas drilling, the state's second-highest court said Thursday, giving environmentalists and others a new tool to argue for stricter regulations. The 2-1 […]

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$400,000 gift boosts Valley View nurse education

March 23, 2017 — A $400,000 gift will allow expanded education and training for Valley View Hospital nurses, the hospital said in a news release. The gift, made through Pete and Sondra Welles' family foundation, The Beaufort Foundation, supports Valley View nurses in pursuing bachelor's and advanced degrees, achieving […]

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Carbondale P&Z approves school district housing

March 23, 2017 — Carbondale's planning commission has unanimously approved steps toward a Roaring Fork School District employee housing plan, but the final shape of the project is still unknown. Technically, the school district didn't have to get town approval or a rezoning for its project, said Janet Buck, […]

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Ute trail connected Crested Butte to Crystal Valley 145 years ago

March 23, 2017 — Working on the plan for a trail from Carbondale to Crested Butte, Dale Will discovered recently that it's not such a novel idea. An acquisition and special projects director for Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, Will said he learned that some of the first […]

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Entrance to Aspen: Light rail millions more than buses

March 23, 2017 — At more than $400 million, the cost of building a light rail line between Brush Creek Road and Aspen is nearly triple the price tag of improving bus rapid transit for the Entrance to Aspen, a consultant told area elected officials Thursday. "Would you like […]

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