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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Colorado Department of Transportation has reopened the Glenwood Canyon bike path for the season, but a section remains closed through mid-May while the rock fall repair project is under way. The path is now open from Glenwood Springs to the Shoshone Power Plant, and from Hanging Lake Tunnel to the east end of the canyon. For the safety of path users, the path will remain closed between Shoshone and the rest area until rock fall repairs to I-70 are complete.

As always, there is a possibility that the path could close temporarily due to weather conditions or high water. The public is encouraged to check CDOT’s website at http://www.coloradodot. info for potential closure information.

On Thursday, April 22, at noon, the Glenwood Springs Police Department and the Glenwood Springs High School Impact and Riverwatch Clubs will be unveiling a drop box for the safe disposal of unused or expired prescription medications. This is a cooperative effort initiated in Pontiac, Ill., by teacher Paul Ritter, whose former student Aaron Munch is now a sergeant with the GSPD.

The box will be available for people to discard their unwanted or expired prescription medications and is located at the west entrance of City Hall. The intent of the program is to prevent these substances from finding their way into our waterways and prevent their availability for child safety reasons in our homes. This initial drop box is a cooperative effort with the two GSHS Clubs, GSPD, Sunshine Rotary Club, Valley View Hospital and the Colorado River District.

The city of Glenwood Springs will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, April 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Glenwood residents can drop off household waste products at 1015 School St., next to the Glenwood Springs Recycling Center. The service is free for Glenwood residents who live inside the city limits. For non-Glenwood residents the cost is $25. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 945-5375.

The collection is for private parties only, and no commercial waste will be accepted.

There is a limit of 20 gallons of paint or oil.

For a complete list of accepted and excluded waste materials visit the city of Glenwood Springs website at http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us, and click on the Spring Cleanup info and household hazardous waste collection event link under the “News in a Flash” info box.

In celebration of Earth Day, your Garfield County libraries now have Kill-A-Watt electricity usage monitors. With these monitors you can cut down on costs and find out what appliances are actually worth keeping plugged in. Simply connect your appliances to the Kill-A-Watt, and it will assess how efficient they really are. The large LCD display counts consumption by the kilowatt-hour, the same as your local utility. You can calculate your electrical expenses by the day, week, month, even an entire year. Now you will know if it is time for a new refrigerator or if that old air conditioner is still saving you money. The Kill-A-Watt monitors are available at all six Garfield County Libraries and check out for one week with your library card.

For more information visit http://www.garfieldlibraries.org.

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