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Two dogs were rescued by the Glenwood Springs Fire Department Thursday afternoon as fire spread throughout a home at 1131 Palmer Ave.One dog had to be fitted with an oxygen mask, while both were taken to a local veterinarian for further observation.According to Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson, both dogs were checked out and were doing well just a couple hours after being taken to the vet.With windows broken and smoke still filtering out of the attic vents, the structure didn’t look to be a complete loss but interior damage was obvious.The fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damages, according to a press release from the fire department.

The 18th annual Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards were given out at the Hotel Colorado Monday evening.The awards honor volunteers who go above and beyond in serving the people of their community. Taking the top award, the 2006 Humanitarians of the Year were Sean and Greg Jeung.The Jeungs are known to many in Glenwood Springs, Greg as a longtime checker at City Market and for his years on City Council, and Sean for her work with Roaring Fork Hospice.”Many around Glenwood Springs know Greg for his big smile and Sean for her big heart,” said award presenter and Post Independent senior reporter Dennis Webb.

Mover and shaker, volunteer, soccer mom and good friend Mary Steinbrecher is the 2006 Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Citizen of the Year. Steinbrecher has a list of accomplishments as long as your arm. In 1985 she helped found the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and in 1988 convinced the city to donate the historic electric building on the east edge of town for an actual arts center.Her tenure on City Council saw some big changes in town, including a new City Hall on Eighth Street, next to the new county jail and sheriff’s office. As a member of the influential Community on the Move group, she also helped convince the city to build the long-awaited community center and pool. Becky and Corey Spagnolo have been named the 2006 Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Volunteers of the Year.Despite a difficult setback in 2006, the Spagnolos have not only remained upbeat, they have continued to serve their community.A devastating fire closed the couple’s Italian restaurant last year, and Becky went on to open Star Seed Gift Baskets. After the busy restaurant, the couple had time on their hands and they volunteered to help the chamber open a gift shop at the visitor center. The store sells member and logo merchandise on consignment with the aim of promoting chamber member businesses.While Becky organizes the merchandise, Corey puts time in with painting, changing light bulbs, doing what’s needed.



Garfield County’s $1.5 million commitment to affordable housing at Glenwood Meadows remains in place, but conditions for renting the units remain up for debate. On Monday, county attorney Don DeFord brought to the commissioners a draft agreement between them, the Garfield County Housing Authority and the developer, Spruce Realty Group. However, the three parties did not reach consensus. What came up for debate was a provision that in order to qualify for one of the rental units, besides meeting income guidelines, people would have to live and work in Garfield County.Developer Arny Porath said the 120 rental units had to be open to anyone because part of the financing for the project comes from tax credits through the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHAFA), which sets its own rental conditions.Commissioner Trési Houpt also wanted residents of the county who are not currently employed, specifically the disabled and retired persons, to be eligible for the rent-restricted housing.The group also stumbled over another requirement of the tax credits administered by CHAFA that renters be reviewed annually to make sure they still meet the preferences.DeFord suggested an either/or preference such that applicants either work in Garfield County or have lived in the county for at least 30 days.He also brought up another sticking point.If a renter “gets a job in Eagle County … you vacate the unit at the end of the lease.”Commissioners Larry McCown and Martin agreed.However, Garfield County Housing Authority Director Geneva Powell said she would not like to force people out of their housing because of a change in their work status.

Glenwood Springs City Council is trying show that its commitment to fighting global warming isn’t just a bunch of hot air.Two months after signing on to the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, council agreed Thursday to spend a total of $18,000 extra for three police vehicles because they get better gas mileage than another vehicle the police department also was interested in buying.Council decided to purchase Chevy Tahoes instead of Ford Expeditions because the Tahoes are expected to get around 3 or 4 more miles per gallon.Council made the decision at the urging of council member Joe O’Donnell, who said the city needs to take such steps to honor the commitment it made in December.


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