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Glenwood celebrates coming of broadband

Glenwood Springs is about to launch into the 21st century, albeit only figuratively. But with the advent of broadband, high-speed, Internet access in rural Colorado, Glenwood has a leg up on state-of-the-art technology.

A two-day seminar, which began Thursday and continues today – Friday, April 25 – is laying out what broadband access can do for business. It wraps up this evening at 7 p.m. with a big bash at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

Speakers are scheduled in a variety of seminars through the day. The event is free, and people may come and go as they wish.

The schedule is as follows:

Seminar I: 9-9:45 a.m.

John Jamison, Colorado Mountain College, “The Wolf Is Not At The Door .. He’s In The Kitchen”

Seminar II: 10:15-11 a.m.

Ted Edmonds, vice president of operations for Ski.com, “The Effect of Technology on Marketing and Reservations in the Travel Industry, Current and Future”

Seminar III: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Trent Blizzard, Blizzard Internet Marketing Inc., “10 Tips For Increasing Web site Traffic”

Seminar IV: 1-1:45 p.m.

* Tim Madden, MIS manager, Aspen Research Group, “How a software services company uses broadband Internet access”

Seminar V: 2:15-3 p.m.

* Mark Hall, president of Mountain Estates Inc., “Technology and Real Estate”

Seminar VI: 3:30-4:15 p.m.

* Kent Morrison, manager of information systems, city of Steamboat Springs, “Business and Technology – Stories To Live and Die By”

* Subject to change.

The celebration is catered and will feature Italian foods, beer and nonalcoholic drinks. The party begins with music, refreshments and raffle registration from 7-7:30 p.m. Vendor booths will be open for demonstrations such as the video conferencing capabilities of broadband.

At 7:30 p.m. Glenwood Springs Mayor Don Vanderhoof will introduce the speakers. John Hines, who heads up the city’s electric department and who also spearheaded the city’s efforts to install a fiber optic system to bring broadband to its citizens, will give a history of the project.

The keynote address will be delivered at 8:15 p.m. by Troy Eid, executive director of the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration, who will speak about the Multi-Use Network, which has helped bring broadband to rural Colorado, and on the impact broadband has on the state’s economy, and rural communities in particular.

The party continues until 10 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by the city of Glenwood Springs, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Colorado Mountain College’s Small Business Development Center and the state of Colorado.

By donna daniels

Post Independent Staff

In the wake of the devastating Coal Seam Fire that last June burned more than 12,000 acres around Glenwood Springs and destroyed 29 buildings, an effort is afoot to replant some of the areas hardest hit by the fire.

Volunteers for outdoor Colorado hopes to field 350 volunteers this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, to plant trees and shrubs. The project will cover about 15 acres in South Canyon where the fire started, on the side of Red Mountain behind the community center and the municipal operations center, as well as along the Mitchell Creek Trail.

Volunteers are still needed. As of earlier this week, about 250 volunteers have signed up. To volunteer, call Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers at 927-8241.

Volunteers will help plant ponderosa and pinon pine, Rocky Mountain juniper, thin-leaf alder and western river birch and will also set up a irrigation system around the community center to help assure the trees’ survival. Other native shrubs and wetland vegetation will be planted.

The project is expected to cost about $150,000.

Funding comes from ReForest Colorado, a fund started by Shell Oil and administered by the state Department of Natural Resources as well as contributions from the city of Glenwood Springs, the Colorado State Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service.


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