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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Laurie Breda has been director of the New Creation Preschool for 15 years. She hadn’t seen much vandalism there until recently.

On Monday, teachers arrived to find a playground structure with a slide completely torn apart. Whoever it was broke a lock and left the gate open. Tables and chairs were broken. Other items were turned over and broken. Breda said three $150 tricycles were ridden and damaged. Two were found broken in the bushes toward the mall and another couldn’t be found.

On Friday morning, Breda said, teachers came in again to find the lock on a storage shed at the playground had been forced and tricycles were thrown around the parking lot.



GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario is looking to get his deputies a raise.

Because of the competitive nature of recruiting law enforcement officers in the area, Vallario has begun speaking to the county commissioners about raising the wages of his deputies because of the high cost of living in the area and the higher wages offered to deputies in Mesa County and Eagle County.



Vallario told commissioners that his office recently lost two deputies because they can’t afford to live in the area anymore.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Garfield County commissioners on Monday voted to create a $500,000 contingency fund within the sheriff’s budget to pay the costs of fighting wildfires in the area.

The commissioners previously considered setting up the fund in July of last year but did not take action on the matter until Monday. Money would be appropriated each year to keep the fund at the $500,000 level.

“I hope [fire costs] never exceed $500,000,” Sheriff Lou Vallario told county commissioners on Monday.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario supports switching to hybrid vehicles so long as they can meet the needs of deputies on patrol.

“I am absolutely in favor of hybrid vehicles, alternative energy ” anything we can do,” he said during an interview Wednesday.

Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said Aspen’s decision to go hybrid will provide a great chance to evaluate how well the cars work for law enforcement. He’d also like to see how hybrids evolve and develop more of a track record.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Garfield County commissioners approved a one-year extension for a preliminary plan for Spring Valley Ranch, a 577-housing-unit development southeast of Glenwood Springs.

The developers behind the project sought the extension, citing the current problems facing the American housing and lending markets.

Current county regulations say that preliminary plans are valid for only one year after the date commissioners approve them, with the possibility of just one one-year extension.


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