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Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be resurfacing the Interstate 70 bridges in South Canyon, west of Glenwood Springs, today and Wednesday.

The work will not impact peak travel, but single-lane closures are expected throughout the two-day project.

Crews will begin at 8 a.m. today in the westbound lanes only, to avoid the eastbound morning rush. On Wednesday, crews are scheduled to complete the work in the westbound lanes.

The Bureau of Land Management Glenwood Springs Energy Office is seeking public comment on a proposed 11-mile natural gas pipeline south of Rifle.

The Spruce Creek to Mamm Creek Pipeline Proposal was submitted to the BLM by ETC Canyon Pipeline. Approximately 6.1 miles would be installed on BLM lands, 1.8 miles on National Forest lands, with the remaining 3 miles on private property. Construction could occur this summer and is expected to take about 16 weeks to complete.

Before the BLM begins preparing an environmental assessment on the proposal, the agency would like to hear any public concerns.

Copies of the proposal are available for review at the BLM Glenwood Office, and electronic comments may be submitted to gsfomail@co.blm.gov.

Written comments should be received by May 28, and should be directed to the Glenwood Springs Energy Office at 2425 S. Grand Ave., Suite 101, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

Digital copies of the proposal and project map are available at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gsfo/GSFO_MasterPlansOfDevelopment.html.

The White River National Forest is initiating an analysis on two separate but similar proposals regarding special use permits for outfitters who offer horseback riding, camping, fishing and hunting activities to the public in two separate areas of Western Garfield County.

The first addresses a three-year special use permit for a priority outfitter and guide to Coulter Lake Guest Ranch and Outfitters. The second proposal is a reissue of a temporary special use permit to Cache Creek Outfitters for a term of one year.

There would be no changes in authorized facilities, capacities, level of use, types of use, or operating seasons of the existing permits other than the new term of each permit. The Coulter Lake Guest Ranch and Outfitters has been operating under a temporary, two-year permit, and has been in compliance with the terms and conditions of the current permit. The Cache Creek Outfitters operate south of Interstate 70 from the westernmost section of the forest to Spruce Creek drainage southeast of Battlement Mesa.

A public comment period is offered to provide an opportunity for early and meaningful participation on a proposed action prior to a decision being made by the responsible official.

The Forest Service requests information that could affect the terms and conditions of the proposals be submitted by May 15, in writing. Comments should be addressed to Rifle Ranger District, attention Special Use Permit Administrator, 0094 County Road 244, Rifle, CO 81650.

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