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SILT, Colorado – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking information regarding a horse that was found abandoned about five miles northeast of Rifle in July.

The horse was found July 16 at Dry Rifle Creek, about two miles east of Rifle Gap Reservoir. A sorrel gelding in its mid-teens, the animal was clearly malnourished and had recent wounds on its neck that appeared to be from a mountain lion. The horse is now in foster care, and BLM officials hope to see it adopted out in the coming weeks. It has a small white blaze on its face and some white streaking on its left hind leg. It loads into a trailer easily, stood well to have its hooves trimmed, and has shown a gentle nature.

Anyone with information about this horse or how it came to be abandoned on BLM land is urged to contact the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office, (970) 876-9000; the Garfield County Animal Control division; or the State Brand Inspector.



State highway workers will be paving the Grizzly Creek rest area (east of Glenwood Springs) on Aug. 4, weather permitting.

The rest area will remain open and crews will be closing the ramps for short periods of time, to pave the eastbound off-ramp, the westbound on-ramp, and some of the parking lot, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.



Each ramp will be closed for approximately one hour, during which traffic will be detoured.

In case of rain, this work will be postponed a day, according to CDOT.

The Garfield County commissioners this week took the next step toward fulfilling their pledge to hold meetings all over the county, agreeing to spend more than $3,500 for equipment that will enable such meetings to be taped and preserved for the record.

The equipment will come from a Grand Junction firm, Audio Visual Experts, and according to Abram Dress of the county’s Internet Technology department, will work both for indoor meetings and outdoor events if electric power is available.

The equipment is meant for videotaping meetings, but is strictly for audio recordings. Television coverage of the meetings will continue to be the province of Community Access Cable Channel 12, operated by Paul Vandre, who videotapes regular commissioner meetings every month.

The commissioners agreed at their Aug. 2 meeting that the county’s planning department needs to be consulted about scheduling meetings away from Glenwood Springs, due to legal issues concerning requirements for public notice of land use review hearings.

Such legal notice can take place weeks in advance of a meeting, which would affect scheduling.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman John Salazar announced on Aug. 3 that $2.2 million in federal funding has been allocated to continue upgrades to the runway at Garfield County Regional Airport. The airport is currently in the process of realigning the runway and increasing the safety areas to better accommodate jet aircraft traffic.

Some of the improvements include expanding the safety area around the runway from 300 feet to 500 feet, new aircraft instrument approaches from the east and west and reducing the slope of the runway by lowering the east end approximately seven feet and raising the west end approximately 14 feet. This will reduce the slope to less that 1 percent across the entire 7,000-foot runway.


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