Following is a preview of tomorrow’s headlines
Security will be stepped up at the Garfield County Courthouse soon thanks to the County Commissioners approval of a plan put forward by the county sheriff.Once the plan is put in place, visitors to the building on Eighth Street in Glenwood Springs will be able to enter only through the east-side doors where they will pass through a metal detector and their packages scanned by an X-ray machine. Employees will use the west entrance and will be required to use magnetic identification cards. The front entrance will be closed and used only for emergencies.The commissioners also approved money for new equipment and three additional deputies who will rotate duty at the east entrance.Vallario asked for $20,000 for new equipment including a walk-through metal detector, wand-type detectors, security cameras and magnetic identification readers.Vallario will also get three additional deputies at an annual cost of $139,890.
With the end of hibernation season, Glenwood Springs residents may find some strangers padding around their neighborhood, senses alert for signs of unsecured garbage and fallen birdseed.Rest easy: They may not be bears.Bear Aware volunteers have completed training and are beginning to visit local neighborhoods about ways to minimize the temptations for the animals to visit residential areas.People might be seeing volunteers traipsing around the neighborhood for us, kind of doing that community-based education, Colorado Division of Wildlife district manager Sonia Marzec said.Five volunteers four from Glenwood will distribute literature to homes and also report bear problems to Marzec.Jess Smith, who is one of the volunteers and also assistant Garfield County manager, said the team is trying to find out where bears are, what they are doing, and where the problems are.I think if we just sit back and people remain ignorant about bears, were headed for disaster, he said. Its just a matter of time.
The Roaring Fork School District offered substantially less than what Garfield County valued a property it plans to buy to expand Glenwood Springs High School, citing no public access to the building. The owner, Terry Fattor, says his propertys got access, legal or not, and his property is worth much more. Fattors commercial property behind True Value was assessed this year at $922,800 by the Garfield County assessor. Fattor said the district offered half of that. The appraiser could find no record of legal access to the building, explained superintendent Fred Wall. The building can only be only be accessed by crossing private property, either through adjacent businesses on Grand Avenue or on Polo Road. Polo Road was thought to be city owned for many years, but two or three years ago the district discovered it owned the road, said Wall and Fattor.
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