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Garfield County News Briefs

RIFLE, Colorado Efforts to expand the U.S. war veterans memorial in Rifle got a $10,000 boost Monday from the Garfield County commissioners.According to veteran John B. Scalzo of Rifle, the American Legion Kelly Hansen Post No. 78 of Rifle is planning to put up four marble slabs containing the names of those men and women who served from the Civil War to the present, drawn from communities from Parachute to New Castle.He told the commissioners that the group needs $40,000 to get the project done, and that more than $22,000 already has been raised from individual and corporate donations. The plan is to have the monument finished and ready for a grand celebration by autumn 2009.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado Garfield County will be spending $137,369.18 this year for concrete and gravel crushing operations at the county landfill, with a company from Winter Park, it was decided on Monday.The county commissioners approved a contract with the Overlook Mine Sand & Gravel company, which beat out the bids from a dozen other firms.That amount does not include a contract price for wood chipping work, which will be bid out separately after the commissioners balked at awarding a contract without details about the wood chipping operation.County landfill officials admitted they forgot to include the wood chipping in the original request for bids, and at one point recommended that the commissioners award the contract to Overlook with an add-on of approximately $57,000 for the wood chipping based on an informal estimate from the company.Because of the economy, I think people are watching us pretty closely, said commissioner Trsi Houpt, getting support from county manager Ed Green and attorney Don DeFord when she called for a new bid on the wood chipping work.

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