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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A new Welcome Center jointly operated by the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and Colorado Mountain College is now officially open on the main floor of the CMC Central Services Building at 802 Grand Ave. Welcome Center hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday during the summer.The new Welcome Center provides a convenient downtown location that’s expected to draw many more tourists and walk-by traffic than the old Chamber Resort Association Visitor Center location three blocks south at 11th and Grand.The new center includes state-of-the art technology, such as a digital slide presentation and a built-in Google Maps screen, for visitors to learn more about the attractions the Glenwood Springs area has to offer, as well as information about Colorado Mountain College for prospective students. Printed materials about the community and the college are on display as well.There’s also a Glenwood Springs history wall, which includes a timeline and a video created by the Frontier Historical Society.

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach on Friday instituted a burn-ban order in the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, effective immediately.The ban prohibits open burning on all private property in the district until further notice, according to a statement issued by the district.The 320-square mile district stretches from Spring Valley and Cattle Creek in the north to Marble in the south.The district encompasses much of the Prince, Thompson, Coal and Avalanche creek drainages on either side of the Crystal River between Carbondale and Marble.The fire district can be reached at 963-2491.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday conveyed 62.5 acres of BLM land in South Canyon to the city of Glenwood Springs to help the city expand its South Canyon Landfill.The land is to the north of the current landfill and is predominantly a steep slope that is not used by the public or for other purposes.The city of Glenwood Springs applied for the conveyance under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act. This act authorizes the sale or lease of public lands for recreational or public purposes to state and local governments and to qualified nonprofit organizations. BLM released the Environmental Assessment on the proposal for public review in June 2011.”This conveyance benefits the citizens of Glenwood Springs and Garfield County by extending the life of this landfill by 20 to 25 years,” said BLM Colorado River Valley Field Manager Steve Bennett.

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