Local News Briefs
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and its Threat Assessment Group (TAG) specialists will be holding a community education session on local gang issues Thursday, Aug. 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Office Annex, 106 County Road 333-A in Rifle (just south of the Garfield County Regional Airport off Airport Road/County Road 352). The presentation will cover what TAG is and does; why kids join gangs; identification of symbols, signs, graffiti and tattoos; and recent gang activity and associated impacts in the local area. There will be a follow-up question and answer session for concerned citizens, parents, guardians and teachers. This free educational session is open to the public. Similar events have been highly beneficial in helping citizens better understand current gang trends and how to best address the threats in their neighborhoods, schools and communities.For more information, please contact TAG Deputy James Miller at 945-0453 or jmiller@garcosheriff. com.
A work session regarding medical marijuana is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 8 a.m. at the Garfield County Administration Building, Room 100, 108 W. Eighth St., Glenwood Springs.The discussion will be on licensing procedures, ballot question consideration, unintended consequences of the moratorium established by the Garfield County Board of Commissioners on June 21, 2010; land use issues and state laws, expanded operations; and rules and regulations.
Work to help protect communities north of Carbondale from wildfire and improve firefighter and public safety will begin Monday as part of a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management and the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District.A crew will begin reducing hazardous fuels on about 27 acres of BLM land west of the intersections of Garfield County Roads 103 and 112.The crew will reduce “ladder fuels,” which can carry a fire into the canopy, by thinning smaller trees and limbing larger trees to 3-4 feet from the ground. Dead and downed material will be cut and piled as well, and will be used for burning later in the winter. Work is expected to continue through Aug. 20.The North Carbondale Fuels Reduction Project is part of the recently approved Missouri Heights Community Wide Protection Plan, a cooperative effort among the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, Basalt Rural Fire Protection District, Garfield County, Eagle County, Colorado State Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.
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