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Ski Sunlight manager Tom Jankovsky is likely to be the only Republican candidate running against incumbent Democrat Tresi Houpt for a Garfield County commissioner’s seat in the fall election.

Jankovsky narrowly beat former Glenwood Springs council member Dave Merritt in the April 3 county assembly balloting, according to party co-chair Shannon Stowe.

Stowe, calling Merritt “a class act,” said that Merritt immediately threw his support behind Jankovsky for the general election, scheduled for Nov. 2.



Other contested races in the November election include the contest for the sheriff’s job, featuring incumbent Republican Lou Vallario against former sheriff and Democrat Tom Dalessandri; and a competition for the county assessor’s post that pits incumbent Democrat John Gorman against his Republican challenger, Jim Yellico.

The Garfield County commissioners on Monday agreed to kick in $25,000 toward the final season of the popular Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz concert series.



The operators of the jazz series have announced that the 2010 season will be the last, due to the ongoing recession and a resulting lack of private financial support.

Mary Noone, director of the concert series, explained that the organization has budgeted $15,000 per show for the summer and that, as of mid-March, had only received $22,000 in donations.

The funding deadline, according to a letter from Noone to the Board of County Commissioners, is April 23, “and at that time we will contract for as many concerts as finances allow.”

So far, she reported, only one concert has definitely been booked, for July 7.


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