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The Daily Bread has been resurrected in its old quarters on Grand Avenue. Only now, the Daily Bread has a Polish flare.

Mark and Joanna Bartnik sold their house, threw most of their belongings into storage and moved into a smaller place in West Glenwood so they could reopen the Daily Bread, whose previous owner abruptly shuttered the restaurant last November.

On Monday, May 8, the Bartniks quietly fired up the grill at the Daily Bread with a remodeled interior and a made-over menu.



It’s “an American restaurant with a Polish accent,” Joanna said. She and Mark met some years ago in Poland while Mark was helping to open a five-star hotel in Warsaw. The two soon married and, in 1995, returned to Glenwood Springs where Mark grew up.

Former Daily Bread owner Nicky Brouillette leased her restaurant space from the Bartniks, who own the building.



So when Brouillette closed the business with six years left on her lease because of “irreconcilable issues,” the Bartniks decided to continue the nearly 23-year legacy of the Daily Bread themselves.

Jerry Kauffman has signed on as chef at the restaurant. Kauffman owned the now-defunct restaurants F.A. Barlows and Jack’s 82 Grill.

At the same time that Daily Bread is reopening, another longtime eatery, Delice, is likely closing. Walter Huber is retiring after nearly 50 years as owner of the restaurant.

RIFLE ” Flames reportedly shot 200 feet above an EnCana natural gas well pad Monday night on Hunter Mesa after a fire broke out at a condensate tank and pit, causing concern among some area residents that the black smoke from the fire may have been toxic.

Nearby Grass Mesa residents looked on as Rifle firefighters spent hours working to extinguish the blaze.

EnCana spokesman Doug Hock said the cause of the fire is likely due to static build-up on a tarpaulin covering the condensate tank.

The blaze was contained within the pad area after it started at about 5:25 p.m. on the Cedar Springs Ranch, Hock said. There were no injuries.

RIFLE ” The Garfield School District Re-2 board voted Tuesday night to move forward with a bond program for the November 2006 ballot.

The board voted to pursue a bond and mill levy issue in November, providing that it will not cause current property tax rates to increase.

Re-2 superintendent Gary Pack said with the current rate of assessed valuation growth, the district could bond for $65 million to $75 million with an accompanying mill levy without raising property taxes.

Assessed valuation has increased from $186 million in 2000 to $850 million in 2005, due in large part to oil and gas development, which pays 75 percent of the property taxes in Re-2, according to an Re-2 press release.

The board will wait until the Garfield County assessor’s office has the latest assessed valuation numbers in August and for more construction pricing to make a final decision on the bond amount.

The tentative list of projects to tackle with bond money include a replacement for Roy Moore Elementary School in Silt, a new elementary in Rifle and a new middle school in New Castle. Riverside Middle School in New Castle would be remodeled to be an elementary, and there are plans for extensive remodeling at Rifle High School.

SILT ” Two dogs may be the latest victims of attacks by a mountain lion in the Silt area.

A boxer and a blue heeler mix owned by Dan and Gretchen Wettlin in Mineota Estates south of Silt were found dead about two weeks ago, said the Wettlins’ daughter, Eryn Thistle.

She said neighbors discovered the killings on April 29 when they went to feed the dogs while her parents were out of town.

Thistle said her husband went up a nearby hillside and found possible lion den sites, as well as a lot of small and large lion prints.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife reimbursed a rancher on the north end of Silt after a lion apparently killed two sheep a few months ago. A lion was seen on a bike path in town around that same time. Residents also think one killed a chicken and injured an old horse several weeks ago in the Panoramic Drive area of Silt Mesa.

DOW spokesman Randy Hampton hadn’t heard of the latest report of attacks in the Silt area until he was contacted by a reporter. He said it’s hard for wildlife officers to respond to such incidents unless they are informed right away.

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said his department has taken no recent calls about encounters with lions, other than a report of a young lion being struck by a car between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale.

Scores of worried homeowners turned out in force Wednesday night at a Garfield County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to protest plans to build up to 93 homes on the historic 561-acre Hunt Ranch in Missouri Heights.

They expressed concerns about the density of the project and the traffic it will create, and impacts to the area’s already taxed water resources.

Ranch spokesman Greg Amsden said the developers’ intent is to preserve the 250-acre irrigated hay meadow and continue the 150-head cattle operation, surrounded by houses.

The subdivision plan presented by the developer Wednesday is in a very preliminary form and was unveiled for the commission and the public for comment only. The developer has one year to present a formal preliminary plan at which time public hearings will be held by both the planning commission and the county commissioners.

County planner Fred Jarman outlined a variety of concerns about the project including proposed individual sewage disposal systems and the six wells that would supply potable water to the homes. Those wells will need to be tested for adequacy by the state health department.

Jarman also questioned the developer’s traffic study.

Many who commented said the overall density of the project, about 6 acres per house, should be reconsidered and increased to at least 10 acres per home.

Although they were not taking formal action on the plan Wednesday, the majority of commissioners said the density was too high and should be downgraded.

” compiled by Gabrielle Devenish


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