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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Garfield County commissioners on Monday declined to change a deal made earlier this year to buy the remaining gravel stockpile at the Latham Gravel Pit near De Beque.

The county agreed in early July to pay roughly $527,000 for approximately 61,000 tons of gravel stockpiled at the pit, which is owned and operated by the LaFarge international company.

The deal represented a savings of more than $136,000, according to public works director Betsy Suerth and purchasing director Jim Hackett.



Several small purchasers of gravel objected to the county stepping in to buy up all the remaining gravel, Suerth told the BOCC, and wanted the Garfield Board of County Commissioners to overturn the deal.

But the BOCC, after talking it over, decided to let the deal stand.



“I received a multitude of phone calls and I don’t see anyone in the audience,” said Commissioner John Martin, representing the gravel buyers’ case.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Colorado Charter School Institute will host a meeting at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs to take public input on the proposed Two Rivers Expeditionary charter school.

An application for the new school at a location to be determined in Glenwood Springs is currently being reviewed by the charter institute. A final decision is expected next month.

The local meeting is intended to gauge demand and take any other public comments on the proposal, according to Tom McMillan, director of legal compliance for the institute, which operates as a division of the Colorado Department of Education.

If approved, the school would serve a maximum of 164 students in grades kindergarten through eighth from throughout Garfield County. It would employ what’s called the Expeditionary Learning model (elschools.org). The school is proposed to open in fall of 2012.


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