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The deadline for businesses to move out and make way for the Glenwood Springs High School expansion is still months away, but businesses say the impeding closure is already costing them business.The Roaring Fork School District has told businesses theyll be allowed to operate at least until Jan. 1, 2006, but that guarantee hasnt helped business.People dont sign up for gymnastics because they dont think Im not going to be here, said Rob Jones, owner of Glenwood Gymnastics Academy.The Gymnastics Academy isnt alone.Im beginning to see it affect business, said Wayne Pleasant, a manager at True Value. Were spending a lot of business time answering questions that should be answered by this board, Pleasant told the Roaring Fork School District board of education last week.Pleasant and other True Value managers were frustrated with what they perceive as a lack of information from the district.Its hard to run a business under these circumstances, said Tom Maher, manager of True Value. The store doesnt know when to stop buying for the next season and customers ask when the store will have its closeout sale, he said.
As Garfield Countys natural gas industry has surged in the past year, its local government is mounting a number of studies to determine its imipacts.County oil and gas auditor Doug Dennison reported on the studies to the Northwest Oil and Gas Forum in Rifle Thursday.A $371,000 fine levied against EnCana by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation COmmission for drilling violations related to natural gas contamination of West Divide Creek south of Silt, will be used to pay for two of the studies. A hydrogeologic characterization study will look at the relationship between drilling activities and water resources. A contractor will be chosen within the next two weeks, Dennison said.A county-funded air quality monitoring program is alread underway.Seven sampling stations have been set up in western Garfield County and Dennison said results will soon be available on the countys Web site, http://www.garfield-county.com.Both pair borne particulates and volatile organic compounds will be monitored, Dennison said. The study is expected to last for two years and could be extended.The EnCana fine will also fund a health risk anaylsis focusing on the natural gas industry. A scope of work will be presented to the COGCC in July and work should start soon after.
Colorado Yagatta Regattas music director had little trouble finding bands to play in Saturdays third annual rafting and costume regatta party.The guys from SoulFeel asked me if they could play last year, and we figured we would give them a shot, said Greg Mass, who has planned the Yagatta Regattas music lineup since helping establish the event three years ago. Seventh Hour called me and asked about playing.Recruiting the Johnny O Band, a blues band based in Boulder, for the event also came easy.Ive seen Johnny O a couple of times at Buffalo Valley, and I just approached him. He was happy to help out the charity, said Mass, a board member of the Cooper Corner adult stay program, which the event benefits. Hes also playing a wedding in Rifle afterwards, so hell be doing two shows that day.Along with music, the Yagatta Regatta features a costume contest for rafters with boat launches from the Grizzly Creek put-in at 2 p.m. beer tasting from 15 microbreweries and Coors Distributors, food concessions and childrens activities.
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