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A newly adopted fire code could trigger changes in how outdoor burning is handled in Garfield County. The county commissioners adopted the 2003 International Fire Code earlier this year and debated its implications on Monday.According to Sheriff Lou Vallario, under the newly adopted fire code each fire district in the county can set its own criteria for open burning and each district is required to enforce its regulations.If a countywide fire ban is imposed, as the commissioners have done in the last few years, that ban trumps the International Fire Code and provides a ban across the board regardless of the fire district.Both Vallario and County Attorney Don DeFord urged the commissioners to enact an ordinance that would supersede the fire code and nullify the need for a fire ban.
Garfield County will be ground zero for traffic congestion in the next 20 years. Thats the conclusion of a recent regional study that says traffic through Glenwood Springs and on Interstate 70 will increase up to 80 percent between now and then.Highway improvements to I-70 and Highway 82 will not be able to keep pace with that growth, fueled primarily by an exponential increase in jobs both upvalley and in Glenwood Springs.The Local and Regional Travel Pattern Study was commissioned by Healthy Mountain Communities, a nonprofit that looks at regional growth issues in the Roaring Fork and Colorado river valleys. The report was distributed last Friday to local governments.
Torrey Sanson made a big donation to the Valley View Cancer Center.The 9-year-old girl from Carbondale saved $150 doing extra chores around the house and shoveling neighbors driveways with her older brother Tobin. Then she wrote a check and presented it to the nurses who helped her mother and her family through recent hard times.Its pretty unusual for us to get a gift like that from a child, said Terry Nightingale, a nurse practitioner at the Valley View Cancer Center.Its just very touching that she would want to do something for us.Nightingale said Torreys thank-you card and her check are still at the reception area in the Cancer Center.
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