Expand local calling to Parachute, BattlementAn administrative law judge for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission is considering a proposal to expand Garfield County’s local, toll-free telephone calling area to include Parachute and Battlement Mesa. | PostIndependent.com
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Expand local calling to Parachute, BattlementAn administrative law judge for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission is considering a proposal to expand Garfield County’s local, toll-free telephone calling area to include Parachute and Battlement Mesa.

An administrative law judge for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission is considering a proposal to expand Garfield County’s local, toll-free telephone calling area to include Parachute and Battlement Mesa.

This newspaper strongly endorses the proposal and urges PUC officials to accept the plan with all due haste.

Parachute and Battlement Mesa residents have been artificially separated from the rest of the county by having to pay long-distance phone charges to call beyond Rifle. The same goes for residents of Silt, New Castle, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale who want to call Parachute.



Extending the local calling area will help to unite the commercial and social relationships between Parachute, Battlement Mesa and the rest of Garfield County.

It would also allow folks in Rifle and Carbondale to call each other without incurring long-distance telephone charges.



The valley got a lot bigger a decade ago when Qwest first expanded local calling areas. Now it’s time to finish the job for Garfield County, even if it results in a modest boost to our monthly service charge.

Extra kudos in this venture are due to two people who made this their mission.

Margaret Wierenga, a former Glenwood Springs resident who now lives in Parachute, promoted the expansion plan and rounded up support among residents and business owners. And Garfield County Commissioner John Martin sought support from town governments and used his political muscle to push the matter forward at the state level.

We hope their effort pays off, because it will benefit all of us.

– Heather McGregor, Managing Editor


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