Local News Briefs
A Rifle man was arrested on charges of child abuse, harassment and assault on Feb. 7, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. Angelo Joseph Dormio, 47, was taken to the county jail after being arrested at approximately 2 a.m. Monday by Garfield County deputies. The charges against him are all misdemeanors, according to Tanny McGinnis, community relations officer for the sheriff’s office. McGinnis declined to release any further information about the nature of the incident leading up to the arrest, including the condition of the child involved, saying it remains under investigation.
State Rep. Roger Wilson, D-Glenwood Springs, will host a town hall meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave. It’s a chance for residents to learn about legislation in the state legislature and express views on current issues.
Glenwood Springs City Council recently made several appointments to fill vacancies on city boards and commissions. Appointed or re-appointed to the following volunteer posts were: Planning & Zoning Commission: Mary Elizabeth Geiger, Marco Dehm and Kathryn Trauger Parks & Recreation Commission: Barbara Keller and Brittany Clingan Transportation Commission: Ralph Trapani River Commission: Jeremy Heiman Airport Board: David Brown, Calvin Gerbaz and Gregg Rippy Victims Assistance Law Enforcement (VALE) Board: John Romero, Daniel Biggs and Jeannine Ford Artaz All of the appointments are for terms to expire in February 2014. The city still has vacancies to fill on the following boards and commissions: Airport Board (one regular seat); Liquor Licensing and Enforcement Board (one regular seat and two alternates); Building Board of Appeals (one regular seat); Housing Commission (four regular seats); Parks & Recreation Commission (one alternate); River Commission (one regular seat); Transportation Commission (one regular seat). For information or to apply, contact city clerk Robin Unsworth at 384-6403.
Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday announced the distribution of more than $94 million in state and federal grants for airport improvements around the state, including grants totaling nearly $19 million for the Garfield County Regional Airport near Rifle. The money for the Rifle airport includes $400,000 in state aviation fuel tax revenues and nearly $18 million in already anticipated federal funds, according to a statement from the governor’s office. The grants program is administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics. The overall grants have been distributed to 46 airports, the governor’s office reported. According to Garfield County airport director Brian Condie, the state funds are new matching money for a recent airport runway project, while the federal money had been appropriated earlier and was anticipated by local officials.
The Grand River Hospital District announced this week that CEO Martie Wisdom plans to leave the organization at the end of June. Wisdom expects to remain in the area, according to a statement from the district, “Where she looks forward to giving back to the community and spending more time focusing on family and friends.” Wisdom has been a health care executive for more than 15 years, the last five as CEO of Grand River. During her tenure, Wisdom has overseen the addition of nuclear medicine to the hospital’s health-care technology, and the opening of the Grand River Health and Safety Center in Battlement Mesa, bringing occupational health and physical therapy to the area. Wisdom also was at the helm in 2009, when the district opened the Grand River Hospital and Medical Center in Rifle, with an expanded clinic, conference space, and a new physical therapy center. The hospital district has begun its search for a replacement CEO, and already has announced one finalist seeking the job – current chief financial officer James Coombs.
Hospice of the Valley has changed its name to HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley as of Feb. 1. Executive director Markey Butler said the change better identifies the services now offered by the local nonprofit agency. Hospice of the Valley began providing end-of-life care services in early 2009. Initial funding was provided by Aspen Valley Hospital, Valley View Hospital, Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, and an anonymous donor. Over the past two years, the agency has served more than 200 terminally ill residents of the Roaring Fork, Crystal and Colorado river valleys. In December 2009, the agency assumed ownership of the former Vail Valley Home Health and Mountain Hospice program, with support from the Vail Valley Medical Foundation. With the ownership change of the Medicare-certified home health agency, the Hospice board sought the name change to better describe the agency’s range of home-based care services. Patients are served from the Edwards and Basalt offices. The agency provides hospice care and skilled intermittent home health through its Medicare-certified home health program, and provides private duty home health care, offering personal care assistance focused on keeping people in their home. The agency employs more than 50 people, and this past year served more than 400 patients. Butler said HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley is also rolling out a new logo.
MEEKER, Colorado – The Bureau of Land Management is withdrawing its 2010 West Douglas Gather Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) and Decision Record to take a comprehensive look at wild horse management. This process will encourage public involvement. Although the BLM determined in the 2010 Decision Record and EA that all horses in the West Douglas herd area (HA) were excess, the BLM decided it can best fulfill its mission to manage public lands for multiple uses by reconsidering management of wild horses within the White River Field Office. The West Douglas HA currently has an isolated population of about 100 wild horses near Rangely.Under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, BLM manages wild horses and burros, working to ensure that population levels are in balance with rangeland resources and other uses of public lands. Wild horses have virtually no predators and can double in population about every four years if not managed. BLM manages four herd management areas in western Colorado for wild horse herds: The Piceance-East Douglas west of Meeker, the Little Bookcliffs Herd northeast of Grand Junction, the Sand Wash Herd west of Craig, and the Spring Creek Herd southwest of Montrose. The BLM encourages those who are interested in providing good homes to wild horses or burros to visit http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro.html for information about adoptions or sales.
The Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest is currently reviewing two special event proposals and seeking public comment prior to authorizing event permits. The Colorado Traditional Archers Society proposed to hold its 20th annual 3-D and novelty archery shoot-off on Forest Service Road 860 from June 24 to 27. Organizers anticipate this event will attract approximately 250 participants and 100 spectators. The City of Rifle Parks and Recreation Department has submitted an application to hold its annual Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase 5-mile road race using two miles of Forest Service Road 832 on Aug. 6. The city expects 60 people to attend. Signs will be posted along the route informing motorists of the event. Please contact the City of Rifle Parks and Recreation Department for registration. If you have information that could affect permits conditions, submit comments by Friday, Feb. 25, to the Rifle Ranger District, ATTN: Special Use Permit Administrator, 0094 County Road 244, Rifle CO 81650.
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