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Assistant Garfield County attorney Jan Shute has been hired as Glenwood Springs city attorney and will begin her new job Nov. 3.City Council unanimously approved an employment contract with Shute during a brief meeting Thursday morning.Shute’s starting salary will be $95,000, with a review and pay increase possible at council’s discretion after six months on the job. The city also will provide her with a vehicle allowance of $350 a month, and a cell phone and laptop or handheld computer.Shute’s contract runs through the end of 2008, and may be renewed by consent of both parties.Her hiring follows a search that has lasted much of the year. Council resumed advertising the job after an initial search found no one who both met council’s needs and was willing to work for the salary being offered. Shute was the lone finalist identified for consideration for the job.She worked for the District Attorney’s Office for almost a decade before going to work for the county in 2004.DOW investigates grizzly bear reportThe Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is investigating a report of a grizzly bear sighting. The DOW has occasionally received reports of grizzly bears in the past, but to date no report has been confirmed. The most recent report was made by two hunters who have past experience with both grizzlies and black bears. The sighting took place on Sept. 20 in the San Isabel National Forest near Independence Pass. The two hunters reported watching a female grizzly bear and two cubs at a distance of about 80 yards for approximately a minute through binoculars and a spotting scope. The bears were observed in a clearing. The hunters were unable to find tracks or scat after the bears moved on. On Sept. 23, three DOW officers searched the site on foot for physical evidence. No evidence confirming the presence of a grizzly bear was found. DOW personnel will make another attempt to follow up on the report later this week. Based on a 1979 event, the DOW cannot discount the possibility of grizzlies existing in Colorado. On Sept. 23, 1979, an outfitter on an archery elk hunt, was attacked by a female grizzly in the San Juan National Forest. He survived the attack, but the grizzly was killed. Prior to that incident, it was commonly believed that grizzlies no longer exist in Colorado.Fall book sale coming upThe Friends of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library will hold their fall used book sale from Saturday, Oct. 7, through Saturday, Oct. 14. The book sale will be open during the following times: Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 11, 12-7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 12, 2-5:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Library volunteers estimate there are well over 15,000 used hardback and paperback books for sale, including works of fiction and non-fiction, and both adult and children’s books. Books are sorted by category.The library is located at 413 Ninth Street and the sale is held in the basement. Book donations for the sale are gratefully accepted during the library’s hours of operation. Please call 945-5958 for more information.Schmueser Gordon Meyer celebrates 20th anniversarySchmueser Gordon Meyer (SGM), and engineering and surveying firm headquartered in Glenwood Springs, is celebrating its 20th year in business. SGM is a full-service engineering firm specializing in civil, sanitary, municipal, structural, and resort development engineering, as well as providing construction management and surveying services. For two decades, Schmueser Gordon Meyer (SGM) has been assisting both the public and private sector with an array of engineering and surveying services. During this time, what started out as a firm of just a handful of employees in 1986 has successfully grown with a strong presence in western Colorado, with more than 70 employees in offices in Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Crested Butte, Meeker, and Alaska. The firm was formed when former Schmueser & Associates employees Dean Gordon and Louis Meyer purchased Schmueser’s engineering and surveying division in 1986.”The tremendous expansion and development in western Colorado has had an enormous impact on communities and their increased energy needs, as well as the need to improve upon existing infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, water, and wastewater facilities,” said president and co-founder Louis Meyer.Increasingly, SGM also assists communities with more enhanced recreational activities, including further development of ski areas, bike and pedestrian trails, state and local parks, and athletic fields. “It’s been a very rewarding experience, these past 20 years,” said Dean Gordon, chairman and co-founder. “We’ve been a part of some very exciting projects over the years, and there doesn’t seem to be any indication that the growth in Western Colorado will slow down anytime soon.”


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