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The world became a smaller place for Glenwood Springs City Council member Dan Richardson when he participated in a fellowship program in Europe earlier this year.His role in trying to protect it is growing bigger with his hiring as global warming project manager for the city of Aspens Canary Initiative.Starting in June, Richardson will work with the city on helping it reduce pollution emissions believed to contribute to global warming. He also will be involved in trying to encourage action on the issue at state, national and even global levels.Maybe that sounds really grand, but its one step at a time, Richardson said Thursday, following the citys announcement of his hiring.He said he will be working on education, organizing conferences, and creating a sustainability report for the city similar to the Aspen Skiing Co.s report, which focuses on its environmental impacts and efforts to reduce them.Hes also be taking his message to other communities, and working with businesses and other organizations.The new job is a natural fit for Richardson, who holds a degree in environmental design in architecture and currently provides architectural consulting through a Glenwood Springs company he founded, Sustainable Designs Concepts, Inc.
RIFLE The ninth annual Rifle Rendezvous Festival kicks off tonight with the first-ever Steel Horse Bike Rendezvous held downtown on Third Street.Bike owners of all makes and models were invited to attend the rally and socialize with fellow riders. Non-bikers were also encouraged to come and check out the different types and styles of bikes.”Like the Rendezvous, this is a chance to get together and swap stories,” said Bob Rensberry, a local Realtor and coordinator of the bike rally, along with Keri Meskin and Leslie Getty from the Rifle Rendezvous Committee.The Rendezvous continues Friday with another first annual event a fiddle contest, which is expected to draw pickers and fiddlers from all over. The event begins at noon with an open jam session at the Garfield County Fairgrounds and competition begins with registration at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 21.
If the price of oil is pinching commuters, it could strangle builders.Last week, the Roaring Fork School District board of education accepted a schematic design for Basalt Middle School. The school district originally budgeted $263,875 to fix the buildings leaky roof. When Aspen-based architects from Reno-Smith looked at the building, however, they said it would cost twice that $500,000 to fix the roof. Part of the problem at BMS is that water damage to the roof is more severe than planners thought. The damage is so severe that the best solution may be to replace the roof, not patch it. Another problem is that the cost of oil-based roofing materials which both BMS and Carbondale Middle School use, and need replacing has skyrocketed.
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Glenwood Springs Police Chief Joseph Deras lamented his department’s inability to maintain a constant presence downtown during a virtual public forum Monday night.