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The Garfield County commissioners this week reversed an earlier decision to back away from the planning for the controversial South Bridge project.

At the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Feb. 16, the commissioners voted unanimously to fulfill an agreement to pay up to $200,000 toward an environmental assessment of the various options being considered. Some $89,000 of the county’s money already has been spent, in partnership with the city of Glenwood Springs and other entities.

The South Bridge project is meant to provide a needed secondary route into and out of Glenwood Springs, bringing traffic from the city’s southwestern neighborhoods, across the Roaring Fork River and connecting to Highway 82 somewhere south of the city. It is estimated to cost between $20 million and $30 million to complete.

Differences over the project led to its being shelved last year, but the city recently decided to revive the idea. The commissioners, while initially skeptical, concluded they should live up to the original funding agreement.

A Carbondale single mom is getting a little help from her friends, to raise money to pay for heart surgery for her twin 9-year-old boys, Harley and Skyler.

Mandy Baron, who works as a housekeeping inspector for the Brooks Resorts company in Snowmass Village, is to be the recipient of a fundraising effort by Brooks and Vectra Bank, which has opened up an account for the effort.

Baron, according to friends, has no insurance to pay for the operations, which will be to install stents and heart monitors in the boys’ cardiovascular systems.

According to Mary Hunsaker of Brooks Resorts, the company has an annual program where they help employees or others who are experiencing troubles of some sort, and the Baron case has been chosen for 2010.

She said the surgery is expected to cost nearly $60,000, but that the fundraising effort is aimed at getting together approximately $2,000 as a down payment.

The account number for donations is 4769254097, according to Hunsaker and Vectra Bank, which has branches locally in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Aspen and Snowmass Village.

For more, contact Hunsaker at hillsage@rocketmail.com or call her at (760) 351-6122.

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