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Following is a preview of tomorrow’s headlines

Editors Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles looking at the new Glenwood Meadows retail development center.Vitamin Cottage president Kemper Isely might consider Glenwood Springs to be underserved because there is no big box natural foods store here, but Good Health owner Jackie Ruden thinks she has plenty of raving fans who will allow her business to thrive.Ruden owns the only natural foods store in Glenwood, tucked away on Cooper Avenue, only slightly removed from tourists crowding Grand Avenue one block away. By January, her quaint organic foods emporium will be competing head-to-head with Iselys Lakewood-based Vitamin Cottage, slated to open next to Target in the sprawling new Glenwood Meadows shopping center. The story of Glenwood Meadows may be a tale of survival and adaptation on the part of locally-owned retailers poised to compete directly with national big box chain stores, many of which operate from Hawaii to the Carolinas.

Bob Zanella knows what its like to live on a street that has fallen into disrepair.The former Glenwood Springs mayor and supporter of a city street tax on this falls ballot lives on Virginia Road near Glenwood Springs High School. For years, it taxed his cars suspension as he drove it.Have you every ridden a roller coaster? It was slow motion because you couldnt go very fast, he said.They were supposed to pave our street six years ago. They finally got it done this year.He hopes voters pass a half-cent tax measure in November so other streets in town dont take as long to get the necessary repairs.The need is there. All they have to do is take a 20-minute drive around town, he said of voters.A tour of the city by voters will reveal many streets that need rebuilding, and others whose lives can be prolonged with proper maintenance, the taxs supporters say. Donegan, Polo, Riverview, Lincolnwood and Minter are among roads frequently cited as being particularly in need of attention.

Its getting a little crowded on Roaring Fork school buses. Up to 150 more students are riding school buses now than this time last year, and Roaring Fork School District Re-1 transportation director Larry Estrada is blaming it all on high gas prices, traffic jams and changes in the states drivers license law. He said parents want to save fuel or avoid traffic jams through construction zones by putting their kids on buses.The crunch is forcing the district to juggle bus routes and prohibit students who dont normally ride a certain bus route from going home with their friends on that route. Until further notice, were not allowing any extra riders for birthday parties, Cub Scouts, going home with a friend, Estrada said. Were just doing school-to-home and home-to-school.Now that many bus routes are near capacity, he said the district is considering how it can adjust those routes to accommodate all the students needing a ride to school. A notice to parents about bus overcrowding was sent home in many schools October newsletters.

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