Local News Briefs
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Repairs to the Rio Grande Trail from mile marker 4 to 4.5, between Holy Cross Energy and Orrison Distributing, is going on Monday through Friday this week. The trail will not be shut down, but bicycle riders will need to get off their bikes to navigate the truck traffic and construction zone. The work is being done by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, which owns and manages the trail.
RIFLE, Colorado – The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a culvert replacement project on Highway 6 a few miles east of Rifle on Monday, Sept. 19. The project will require the full one-week closure of Highway 6 from the intersection of Hospital Hill Road to the intersection of Mile Pond Road, between mile points 93 and 93.3, from 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, until 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25. All access to local businesses will remain open. Motorists can use I-70 at Rifle (Exit 90) and at Silt (Exit 97) interchanges during the closure period. Gould Construction of Glenwood Springs is contracted to carry out the work for $372,000.The existing culvert is a 36-inch diameter metal culvert constructed in the early 1930s. It will be replaced with a 60-inch by 38-inch diameter (somewhat an arch shape) concrete pipe, as well as a concrete entrance structure with a debris filter rack at the entrance to keep the culvert clear and help avoid highway flooding. “We’re at least doubling the capacity of the existing culvert, when that culvert was operating effectively,” CDOT Resident Engineer Roland Wager said. “The new culvert is designed to handle a 100-year event, which has been calculated to be a flow rate of 105 cubic feet per second.”Work after Sept. 25 will include construction of the concrete intake, roadway asphalt patching, erosion control and striping. This work will require only single-lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is slated to be complete by Oct. 21.
ASPEN, Colorado (AP) – A hiker who fell to his death near Aspen has been identified as a 41-year-old man from Dillon.The Denver Post reports that Pitkin County recovery crews will try Wednesday to recover the body of David Morano.Morano died Saturday after falling more than 200 feet near Pyramid Peak about 2 miles east of the Maroon BellsMountain Rescue Aspen says crews will attempt the recovery using a helicopter and longer ropes than normally used in such operations, because of the steep, rugged terrain.
RIFLE, Colorado – Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. is selling 260 miles of natural gas pipelines and related compressor stations in western Garfield County to an unnamed midstream company for $590 million, according to a company press release.The sale is subject to regulatory approvals, and is expected to be finalized in the fourth quarter of the year.The pipelines gather and transport about 500 million cubic feet per day of natural gas from wells in Encana’s Mamm Creek, Orchard and South Parachute production areas. They have been built over the past decade.The sale is part of the Canadian company’s strategy to develop new natural gas fields and then sell the pipeline assets to midstream gas handling companies, said Renee Zemljak, Encana vice-president for midstream, marketing and fundamentals.Encana will use the proceeds to invest in its core business of developing and growing natural gas and liquid fuel production.
LEADVILLE, Colorado – Colorado Mountain College will sell its classroom building in Eagle as it consolidates its holdings at the newer facility in Edwards. The approval to sell the building came Monday during the college’s board of trustees meeting held in Leadville.The Eagle building will be sold to to Jerome and Craig Butters for the appraised value of $332,500. A closing date in October is anticipated.The trustees also authorized college administrators to continue negotiations with the city of Glenwood Springs, the Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority and the Garfield Library District regarding a joint parking structure in the 800 block of Cooper Avenue, near the college’s new Central Services administration building at Eighth and Grand.Trustees formally declared a vacancy in board’s District 5 seat, after Trustee Shalee Cunningham moved out of the district earlier this summer. Two candidates are running for that Routt County seat, in addition to six candidates running for the other three seats up for election Nov. 1. Also at the meeting, the trustees heard updates on several pending projects, including installation of solar panels at the Rifle campus and a $2.7 million capital campaign for a new building at the Steamboat Springs campus. Matt Gianneschi, deputy executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, also provided an update on the state of the economy and higher education in Colorado.
The Eagle County commissioners will continue their review of a midvalley recreation center at a meeting at 5 p.m. today in El Jebel.The recreation center is planned for Crown Mountain Park. It requires the county commissioners’ approval of a master plan amendment for the county-owned property.If the commissioners approve the concept, the recreation center would still need voter approval for funding. A property tax increase would be necessary to raise funds for construction and for operations. The Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District board of directors decided in June not to place a funding question on the November ballot because of concerns about the economy.Tuesday’s meeting will take place at the Eagle County Building and Community Center in El Jebel; the public hearing began on June 28. The commissioners raised concerns at that hearing about traffic at the intersection of Highway 82 and El Jebel Road, and about the amount of parking proposed for El Jebel. Planners for the recreation district will get the opportunity to address those issues.
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Hundreds attended this weekends The Whole Shebang, which was put on by the city of Glenwood Springs and delivered the facts concerning Rocky Mountain Resources’ proposal for the nearby Transfer Trail Limestone Quarry.