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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Glenwood Springs Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at the mobile home park in West Glenwood Springs behind the Charcoal Burger Drive-In around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. The home of 22-year-old Glenwood Springs High School graduate Pablo Fuentes was a “total loss,” according to Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Mike Piper.”When we arrived on scene number five trailer was fully involved and infringing on number four,” Piper said. “We did have some fire and smoke damage on number four.”High winds were blowing from a northwestern direction and blew the fire into unit four. But fire crews were able to save that unit sustaining some fire damage to the exterior wall facing unit five, while unit six on the opposite side of unit five, sustained only some minor smoke damage.

ASPEN – The Roaring Fork Valley will again have a local hospice care provider by early fall.Just one month after the Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs closed Roaring Fork Hospice Program (RFHP), the valley’s only provider of hospice care, an independent hospice organization has been formed by the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, Aspen Valley Hospital and Valley View Hospital.The three parties have agreed to contribute money toward the formation of an independent hospice program, and an anonymous donor recently contributed $1 million to ensure the program’s long-term sustainability.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Two counts of fourth-degree arson were filed Wednesday against a longtime Carbondale rancher allegedly responsible for the April 15 wildfire that burned a man and threatened 150 homes in the midvalley.Larry Del Gerbaz, 60, was charged with fourth-degree arson – person in danger, and fourth-degree arson – property in danger, in Garfield County District Court. The first charge is a fourth-degree felony while the property-related charge is a misdemeanor.The felony charge claims Gerbaz “unlawfully, feloniously, knowingly or recklessly started or maintained a fire.”



GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A new group met for the first time last week to start looking at using hot water in the ground for heat and electricity.The Glenwood Springs City Council decided to form a 12-member geothermal task force June 5. Its three main charges are to update a 268-page 1980 geothermal heat use plan for the area by the University of Denver for the Department of Energy, to assess how current technology can apply to Glenwood’s geothermal resource.”There are so many possibilities to utilize that resource,” said Dan Richardson, a task force member who works with the Schmueser Gordon Meyer engineering firm. “I think we’ll be exploring a lot of different opportunities and seeing what’s feasible.”s and to develop a business plan for a geothermal utility.


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