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Public input meetings are scheduled Thursday and Friday in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt as part of the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 superintendent search process.

Search consultants will host separate meetings for Re-1 parents and students, business owners and the general public on the following schedule:

Glenwood Springs Middle School, 120 Soccer Field Road



Thursday, Feb. 16

5:30 p.m. – Parents and students



7 p.m. – Community meeting

Friday, Feb. 17

1 p.m. – Business owners

Carbondale Middle School, 180 Snowmass Drive

Thursday, Feb. 16

10:30 a.m. – Business owners

5:30 p.m. – Parents and students

7 p.m. – Community meeting

Basalt High School, 600 Southside Drive

Thursday, Feb. 16

1 p.m. – Business owners

5:30 p.m. – Parents and students

7 p.m. – Community meeting

In addition, the district is conducting an online survey that is open to anyone. The school board is gathering input to help determine the desired characteristics for a new superintendent. The information will be used in a formal job profile when the position is advertised. The survey can be found at http://www.rfsd.org.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Colorado Department of Transportation recently awarded a $24,000 grant to fund a transit study for Garfield County Road 114, which leads to Colorado Mountain College’s residential campus at Spring Valley south of Glenwood Springs.

Garfield County commissioners have also approved a $6,000 matching grant for the study.

College officials from Spring Valley and throughout the Roaring Fork Valley have been working since January with representatives from CDOT, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, the county and the city of Glenwood Springs to select a consultant to complete the study.

A working group including representatives from the partner agencies will also solicit input from Spring Valley students, faculty and staff, as well as residents living in the Spring Valley area, to determine possible options.

County Road 114 is a narrow, winding road with steep grades running from Highway 82 to the Spring Valley campus, located about two-and-a-half miles up the road.

“The safety of our students and employees is of great importance to us,” said Joe Maestas, CMC’s vice president overseeing college locations at Spring Valley, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale.

“For years we have been talking with various government and other partners about improving this public road, and this latest development is great news,” he said.

A Carbondale man and his passenger were lucky to walk away relatively unscathed Saturday night when their vehicle went out of control across traffic on Highway 82, smacked some rocks, went airborne and then cartwheeled before landing on its top, according to a Basalt police officer.

Jubencio “Alex” Montano, 19, was driving a 1984 Ford Bronco east, or upvalley, at about 7 p.m. when he lost control less than a mile east of the east entrance of Two Rivers Road, according to Basalt Police Sgt. Stu Curry.

Montano’s Bronco crossed both westbound, or downvalley, traffic lanes at a time when no vehicles were approaching. He went into the ditch in the vicinity of Arbaney Ranch Road, an entrance to the Roaring Fork Club, Curry said.

“He hits some rocks and goes airborne,” Curry said. The car cartwheeled along a fence and wiped it out. The vehicle also rolled and came to rest on its roof 140 feet from where it left the road.

Montano and his passenger were wearing seatbelts. The vehicle was too old for airbags. Montano suffered a cut to the back of his head. His female passenger was unharmed. Montano’s cut was cared for at the after-hours medical clinic on the Basalt Bypass.

A dog riding in the vehicle got quite a scare.

“The dog somehow got ejected,” Curry said. Family members of the driver came and searched for the pooch in the Holland Hills area for three hours without luck. Curry said it turns out a resident found the scared and wandering dog and took it to nearby Alpine Meadows kennel. The dog, which suffered cuts, and its family were reunited eventually.

Curry said no ticket was issued to Montano.

Emergency responders from the Basalt Fire Department helped with the cleanup and evaluated the passengers but didn’t transport any patients by ambulance.


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