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In a rather unusual turnaround for the traditionally conservative Garfield County commissioners Monday approved a new staff position of environmental health manager. The board also okayed a yearly salary of $70,981.Public health officer Mary Meisner, who will oversee the position, made a pitch for the job, saying the manager could take over some of her duties.He or she would deal with health inspections and assist other departments. Duties could include helping the planning department with septic tank inspections, aiding the vegetation manager with the West Nile virus campaign this year and working with county oil and gas auditor Doug Dennison with oil and gas issues.

While numbers of homeless and indigent people in Garfield County havent changed appreciably in the last year, many more are using services provided by area charities.LIFT-UPs Extended Table, a soup kitchen run out of the basement of the Glenwood Springs Methodist Church, has grown by 217 percent in the first quarter of 2005 compared to the same period last year, said LIFT-UP director Mike Powell.I cannot prove the cause and effect scientifically, Powell told the Garfield County Commissioners Monday, but the numbers seemed to jump up about the time the city implemented a no panhaldling law last summer.Powell also said his organization, which provides food and assistance for the indigent in the county, is seeing a growing demand for services in the west end of the county from people working in the oil and gas industry.

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