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Editors Note: This is the third in a series of articles looking at the new Glenwood Meadows retail development center.Optimism on Grand Avenue in the face of Glenwood Meadows opening might be summed up with a scoop of ice cream.Locals and tourists both love ice cream, and for Joseph Haas, its the stuff of a good business proposition. Wearing a spiffy blue Marble Slab Creamery apron and sporting a distinct New York brogue, Haas awaited cookies and cream-hungry customers last week while predicting that his venture at the Meadows will be part of the biggest thing thats ever happened to this town.The day he opened the Marble Slab Creamery on Grand Avenue in May 2004, he decided he wanted to open a satellite ice cream shop at the Meadows. Even though there are at least five ice cream purveyors in Glenwood, Haas believes theres room for one more in the biggest shopping center between Grand Junction and Dillon. He says hes thrilled with the possibilities the outdoor mall has in store for Glenwood residents. Meadows is offering this town a tremendous advantage, he said. Its going to bring people from all over and, Haas hopes, bring people into Marble Slab, whose ice cream will be made at the downtown location.

RIFLE What is Rifle High School Bears country is now also moose country.Several people have spotted a large bull east of the Wal-Mart superstore, in the area of Airport Road.The moose apparently was a Utah animal recently transplanted to the Grand Mesa area.Tammie Sherman of New Castle said she was with her daughter when they saw the animal off a dirt frontage road east of Wal-Mart Sunday afternoon. She said the moose was visible from Interstate 70.We were shocked. I actually thought that somebody may have put out a plastic one for a joke because its hunting season, she said.Then she saw the animal swing its head.I said, Oh my God, its real, Sherman said.A Colorado native who grew up in Glenwood Springs, Sherman said she had never before seen one of the animals in Colorado.

Roaring Fork Transportation Authority CEO Dan Blankenship made his annual appeal to the Garfield County Commissioners for support of valleywide bus service Monday. As has been their response in the past, two of the commissioners refused to support the request.Commissioner Trsi Houpt urged her fellow commissioners to reverse direction and give the agency some help, but they would not relent.Its no secret to anyone that I believe we should contribute to (RFTA) operations or help with a bus stop or park and ride (lot), she said.This keeps coming up. (Carbondale town trustee) Alice (Laird) comes before us every year to plead her case and Dan, you do the same thing, said Commissioner Larry McCown. He reminded Blankenship and Laird that during the 2004 election the voters in unincorporated Garfield County turned down a proposal to fund bus service with a sales tax.There is no credibility given to the election. You come back asking us to fund RFTA. The county (voters) said no, he said.Blankenship said the agencys cost for fuel has increased 47 percent since Hurricane Katrina shuts down the majority of oil refineries in the Gulf Coast prompting a spike in gas prices.

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