Following is a preview of tomorrow’s headlines
Starting tomorrow, crews will be pouring asphalt at the West Glenwood Springs roundabout project. The paving project will continue through Wednesday, Sept. 28. The asphalt paving will be completed using both daytime and nighttime paving operations and will require various lane closures and detours, which will be marked with signs. Efforts will be made to limit traffic impacts during peak traffic hours.The paving will be done on Mel Ray Road, Highway 6, Gilstrap Court and all Interstate 70 ramps that connect into the new roundabouts. From 8 p.m. Thursday until 5:30 a.m. Friday morning the I-70 eastbound Off-Ramp will be closed to complete the paving operations. All other paving operations will be completed by detouring traffic through the project site with the use of construction signing and flaggers. According to a Colorado Department of Transportation press release, the West Glenwood roundabout improvements project is approximately 80 percent complete. Following the paving, construction activities that remain include completing the median islands, permanent signing and striping, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping of the roundabouts.The project is expected to completed by November.
David Adamson is worried. As the executive director of Mountain Family Health Center, hes afraid if Referendums C and D dont pass the clinic could be in jeopardy. With about 100 people a day coming through the front door, 60 percent of whom do not have health insurance, not only could it lose state funding but Medicaid reimbursement could be decreased, Adamson said.This clinic is largely due to tobacco settlement (money), Adamson said. The governor may have to declare a fiscal emergency, and it could be taken away.Colorado will receive $2.6 billion as part of the $246 billion settlement with tobacco companies in 1998. The state legislature directed the money be spent on health care and smoking cessation programs.On Wednesday, state Rep. Bernie Buescher from Mesa Co. visited the health clinic. Buescher was in his home town of Grand Junction with the Joint Budget Committee this week wrestling with the state budget.
RIFLE An arsonist is hard to catch, but a task force set up to investigate fires set in several areas in Rifle early Labor Day morning, Sept. 5, is still working hard to solve the crimes.The fires completely destroyed the Fireside Lanes bowling alley in north Rifle and the Amoco service station at 100 Railroad Avenue. A fire at a condominium complex under construction was quickly extinguished and an attempted fire at the Mi Hacienda restaurant off Highway 13 did not catch. The fire at the bowling alley was reported around 3 a.m. and the last one at the Amoco station shortly after 4:30 a.m. There was no one in the buildings when the fires were set and no reported injuries.”Arson is one of the easiest crimes to detect and the most difficult to identify,” said Brit McLin, fire chief of the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District, which was one of the responding agencies to the fires. “It’s real easy as a rule to detect arson and as a rule, hard to pinpoint the arsonist.”Part of that stems from the fact that much of the criminal evidence is burned up.
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