Week in Review
Gusty winds apparently caused an airplane to overshoot a runway and crash in a Glenwood Springs neighborhood Thursday.The pilot, Terry Harland of Eagle, suffered a split lip and his two passengers were uninjured in the incident, which occurred about 12:30 p.m.The plane ran off the northern end of the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport and down an embankment, and crossed Sky Ranch Drive. It stopped when it crashed into some small landscaping rocks on the other side of the street.No one on the ground was injured, although witness Preston Lambeth said the plane almost hit a passing lawn care truck.”He was coming in for a landing and didn’t stop,” Lambeth said. “… He was skidding, for sure.”Randy Kempton, who does airplane inspection work for Rocky Mountain Arrow at the airport, owns the Cessna 182 Skylane that Harland was flying.
Eight-hundred residences and lodging units and 100,000 square feet of commercial space would be built at Sunlight Mountain Resort under a proposal it has submitted for review by Garfield County.The proposal also includes an estimated $10 million in improvements to Four Mile Road from Dry Park Road to the resort. Sunlight is projecting that it would generate 2,384 daily vehicle trips upon completion of the first third of the project in 2012, and a total of 4,644 trips by the project’s completion in 2027.The resort also hopes to increase skier capacity from 1,300 to 3,600 a day. Proposed mountain improvements include construction of a high-speed, bottom-to-top quad “Primo Express” lift and an East Ridge lift, and boosting snowmaking from 10 acres to 120. Those improvements are contingent on approval from the U.S. Forest Service because the ski area is partly located on forest land.Sunlight also claims that it isn’t subject to the county requirement that 10 percent of its housing units be affordable. However, it is committing to provide 50 employee housing units.
High public interest in recreation and travel management issues indicate the degree to which area residents regard Bureau of Land Management lands as their backyard playgrounds, a BLM official says.The two issues dominated a recent public scoping process the agency conducted in advance of revising its 1984 management plans for its Glenwood Springs and Kremmling field offices.Travel management and recreation each were the focus of about a quarter of comments. By comparison, only 7 percent of comments focused on energy development, which has been the subject of national debate when it comes to the BLM’s separate planning process regarding management of the Roan Plateau.Energy is far less of an issue in this new planning process because much of the BLM property in question isn’t believed to have high energy development potential, unlike in the case of the Roan. And what land has promise in that regard generally already has been leased for development, said Brian Hopkins, the agency’s lead planner for the new management planning process.
The scoreless tie after one quarter is how Dakota Stonehouse expected the entire game to play out. Two quarters and six touchdowns later, the junior quarterback’s expectations were dashed. And happily so.Stonehouse accounted for each of those TDs – three through the air and three on the ground – as Glenwood Springs stomped Interstate 70 neighbor Rifle 42-0 Friday night in front of packed house at the Demons’ Stubler Memorial Field. “I thought it would be neck and neck,” Stonehouse said of the showdown of top 10, unbeaten schools. “That’s what I thought it’d be like, back and forth, a close game. We just kept with our offense and kept with our defense. Sooner or later, someone was gonna score.”And while Stonehouse loved what his team did on offense, it was the Demons’ miserly defense that impressed him most.”That’s probably the first time we’ve had a shutout against Rifle,” he said. “For sure, that’s not something that happens very often.”
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Under a tight deadline, the LoVa trail group needs $300,000 to continue a project that begins building the trail toward South Canyon.