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Crews are working to complete the northbound lanes of Grand Avenue with a 93⁄4-inch-thick concrete slab between Sayre Park and 24th Street. Villalobos Construction remains on schedule for project completion in early June, according to project spokesman Tom Newland.The crosswalk at 23rd Street has been reopened to on-demand use with the assistance of a traffic flagger.This week, work will begin to replace the east side curb, gutter, driveway pans, drainage inlets and sidewalk, along the northbound lanes on Grand Avenue.Crews will start near 24th Street and work toward Sayre Park replacing the sidewalk. As of Tuesday, crews had completed sidewalk work up to 22nd Street.Once the concrete has cured, which could take between 3 and 7 days, the contractor and the Colorado Department of Transportation crews will work to open up the new driving surface for access to the businesses along the east side of Grande Avenue, and for right-in, right-out turns at 23rd Street.Project spokesman Tom Newland will provide daily commuter updates on KMTS 99.1 and 96.7 throughout the project at 6, 7, and 8 a.m. Any questions or concerns about the project can be directed to Newland, at (970) 618-0724.
A Virtual Incubator at Roaring Fork Business Resource Center was recently awarded a three-year matching grant from the state of Colorado, Office of Economic Development & International Trade/Economic Development Commission. The grant is intended to implement technology-based resources and technology solutions for entrepreneurs, and will be distributed in portions of $75,000 the first year, $50,000 the second year, and $25,000 the third year.Additionally, the resource center recently received generous sponsorships from KMTS Radio 99.1 FM and from Comcast.The resource center is both a business incubator that nurtures start-up enterprises from Parachute to Aspen, as well as a resource center that helps existing businesses. To serve aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners, the resource center promotes existing business resources, creates new learning opportunities, and identifies ways for small businesses to access capital.”We are looking for business owners and entrepreneurs interested in becoming advisors and mentors, and of course we are looking for clients and sponsors,” said Randi Lowenthal, CEO and the former Carbondale Chamber of Commerce director.The resource center also sells virtual technology, including VoIP phone service, conferencing solutions, and online faxing, Lowenthal said.Advisors and mentors volunteer their time to provide some counseling at no charge and offer clients discounts on their services. Lowenthal has also enlisted the help of Colorado Mountain College, which will offer a variety of programs and services at its campuses between Rifle and Aspen.To get information about the resource center visit its website at http://www.rfbrc.org, and click on the “Comcast Newsmakers Interview.” There is also a 30-minute radio interview with KMTS Connections, and the resource center’s quarterly newsletters.For questions call 945-5158, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
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The family of Rosie Ferrin has worked to clean up and make safe again the old schoolhouse in downtown New Castle. Ferrin died this summer and had owned the building that included classrooms turned into apartments for years.