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Local man’s webcam site catching on

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Looking for the current downtown traffic situation, or maybe want a quick eye on whatever type of weather is blowing up the valley at a given moment?

Glenwood Springs entrepreneur Thomas DeVito has just the fix for the Internet-savvy with his growing live camera Web site, ColoradoWebCam.net.

DeVito, a Glenwood resident for 13-years, has been building the Web site for eight years, but has added 20 new camera locations up and down the Roaring Fork Valley just since October of last year.

“I’ve been doing it for eight years, just because I love it,” DeVito said. “I just really like providing the images for people to see.”

But with a growing number of site visits, now at about 1,500 per week, he is stepping up marketing for the site and selling advertising to support his endeavor.

Currently he has 25 live camera sites, with 31 expected by May. The webcam sites are sponsored by advertisers, offering prime locations in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.

Webcam views in Glenwood include Grand Avenue as seen from the roof of Sacred Grounds coffee shop, the Hot Springs Pool, the Glenwood Municipal Airport, and views over downtown and West Glenwood from high above at the Glenwood Caverns.

Other camera locations include upvalley and downvalley shots along Highway 82 between Glenwood and Carbondale, a mountain view over the Elk Range, the Hometown Basalt 66 station, several downtown Aspen and ski slope views, and an Interstate 70 view near Canyon Creek.

Some of the webcams offer real time views. Others have a delay of a few minutes, with features such as time lapse views and weather information.

“For the public, I think most people are looking for weather and traffic conditions,” DeVito said. “But it can also be really stimulating for the eye, for instance when a flock of birds flies by, or an elk walks in front of the camera.”

DeVito said he was watching during one of the Aspen fireworks displays, and was treated to a unique time lapse light show display.

“You can catch some really cool stuff if you just sit down and watch,” he said. “When I’m driving around, I’ve always got an eye out for ideal locations.”

And when it comes to business locations, “I have to assess whether it will be beneficial to them,” DeVito said.

His goal is to have 50 camera views on the site by October, and double that by October of 2010. Each camera costs about $1,000 to install, he said.

“I eventually want a camera in every town on the Western Slope, and at several locations along the I-70 corridor,” DeVito said.

Of the 2,500 site visitors he recorded from March 22 to April 6, he said 1,200 were from the Aspen to Rifle area, but also included some from as far away as Maine and Texas.

Contact John Stroud: 384-9160

jstroud@postindependent.com


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