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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Former Colorado Mountain College president Stan Jensen has been selected to be the next president of Henry Ford Community College outside Detroit.
According to a report in the Arab American News, the Dearborn Board of Education voted 5-1 on Wednesday to negotiate contract terms with Jensen. He was selected out of a pool of five candidates, according to the report.
Jensen had been president of the six-county CMC district in western Colorado since March 2008. He resigned on Dec. 27, 2012, following weeks of contract negotiations with CMC’s board.
Under a separation agreement, Jensen received severance pay of $500,000, which was more than three times the amount spelled out in his contract.
CMC, which has its headquarters in Glenwood Springs, in early February hired former Florida college administrator Charles Dassance as be the interim college president. The CMC Board of Trustees is currently conducting a search for a new president.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin a project to improve Highway 82 east, or upvalley, of Carbondale on Monday, April 15. The highway will be resurfaced between mile points 12.79 and 18.91. That is east of the Highway 133 junction at Carbondale to JW Drive in El Jebel. CDOT will also make safety improvements at JW Drive.
The work will cost an estimated $7.1 million, with partial funding from the federal Hazard Elimination System program. Old Castle SW Group Inc. was awarded the contract for the project, which is scheduled for completion in October.
The project involves the following:
• Milling of existing asphalt and asphalt overlay between approximately mile posts 12.79 and 17.78.
• Roadway improvements at the intersection of Highway 82 and JW Drive to include acceleration lanes for safer merging onto Highway 82 in both directions.
• Wildlife fencing covering 37,500 linear feet between mile posts 15.15 and 18.91.
• Eight deer guards at highway accesses. They are like cattle guards, only wider.
• Seventeen earthen ramps that provide access up to a cut-out in the fence that provide deer and elk that are trapped within the wildlife-fenced highway right of way a better means to cross back over the fence to escape the highway and vehicles.
• Fifteen fence gates for pedestrian access.
CDOT works in coordination with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife in implementing wildlife mitigation features, all with the purpose of reducing the incidence of wildlife-vehicle collisions.
Traffic delays and single-lane closures can be expected from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Periods with no traffic impacts will be between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for upvalley traffic (towards Aspen), and between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. for downvalley traffic.
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