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Voters chose in favor of the new and out with the incumbents in this year’s school board elections. Bill Lamont took the Roaring Fork School District school board District C seat by 847 votes over incumbent Bruce Wampler.In District B, voters cast ballots for newcomer Debbie Bruell for her first four-year term on the RFSD school board over incumbent Brad Zeigel by more than 1,000 votes. Both Zeigel and Wampler served the board for a full four-year term and were seeking re-election for a second.

Dave Sturges won the only contested Glenwood Springs City Council race by 1,088 votes over David Blazier, who tallied 186 votes, according to unofficial preliminary results.Of the two, Sturges has a much longer presence in the community and more experience in municipal government. Blazier campaigned as the less known of the two candidates, having been in Glenwood Springs for about four years. He’s worked in the hospitality industry and drives for Colorado Mountain Express.Glenwood Springs City Council election results:• At large seat: Dave Sturges – 1,274, David Blazier – 186• Ward One: Russ Arensman – 250• Ward Three: Shelley Kaup – 195• Ward Four: Mayor Bruce Christensen – 328

By the year 2035, Interstate 70 between Glenwood Springs and Silt can be expected to join Highway 82 as a congested road with rush-hour delays.A significant increase in truck traffic also will take place on area highways, with truck volumes on highways 82, 13 and 133 reaching levels comparable to those on Interstate 70 now.Those projections are included in a draft 2035 transportation plan for Colorado’s Intermountain region, which includes Garfield, Pitkin, Summit, Eagle and Lake counties.



Verizon Wireless has failed a second time to win Garfield County approval for a new cell phone antenna site south of Glenwood Springs.A vote by county commissioners on the plan Monday resulted in a tie, which spelled defeat for the proposal. Commissioners heard from residents concerned about the facility’s possible effects on property values and health.Verizon wanted to place two sets of four, 4-foot-high antennas on a building under construction at the Glenwood Commercial LLC site on the east side of Highway 82. The building will be the farthest from the highway of four buildings on the property, which sits between Roaring Fork Plumbing & Heating and Colorado West Upholstery.

RIFLE – Garfield County may request a state hearing for natural gas drilling being considered in the area of a housing subdivision just southwest of Rifle.County commissioners this week authorized county oil and gas liaison Judy Jordan to request a hearing by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission if Laramie Energy II LLC seeks to drill from well pad locations in the area of the Rifle Village South subdivision.”We will intervene if it’s a location that affects the neighborhood,” said Commissioner John Martin.He said the county has 10 days following an approval of a well by COGCC staff to request a hearing before the commission.


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