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Less than a month ago, Bishop Plumbing & Heating employees fired up their computers at their new Glenwood Springs office.On Friday, they carried the computers back out of the office, some of them covered in foam after a fire that left the building charred and possibly destroyed.But it could have been worse, said Kristin Davis, co-owner of the business. All seven employees were able to escape from the fire, with the only injury involving a worker who was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation.Those employees include Sweetie Pie, the 16-year-old office cat, who also escaped unharmed.Glenwood resident Debra Morton, who owns the building along with her husband, Tom, said they had Friday off and had looked forward to enjoying it. Instead, they were visiting the fire site with an insurance adjuster as they wondered whether the structure can be saved. Still, it could have been worse, she said.

Yampah Mountain High School Principal Leigh McGown started the morning as she has so many mornings over the past 12 years in the basement of the school speaking with students of the teen parent program.Its her passion for educating the young parents that achieved her a recipient of the Womens Foundation of Colorados (WFOC) Be Bold Award. McGown was one of 20 women recognized at this years 20th anniversary luncheon for the foundation.It was something McGown, in all modesty, was very humbly honored to be a part of.

About seven years of planning and effort to locate a whitewater park in Glenwood Springs are coming to fruition.The Glenwood Springs City Council voted last week to award an $888,838 bid to begin work on park features, to American Civil Constructors, of Littleton. Construction of phase one of a whitewater park in Glenwood Springs should begin Dec. 1. A second phase will include amenities along the rivers banks at the site near the West Glenwood bridge.Mayor Bruce Christensen said the park would include a U-shaped wave feature that goes the full width of the river just upstream from the bridge in West Glenwood Springs. That way, waves could be ridden when the river is running at various levels.Members of the public who showed up at the meeting encouraged the city to move forward.



Around $1,200 worth of cash and checks were reported stolen from the Affordable Inn in West Glenwood Springs during the night between Nov. 17-18.Tom Hendricks, an employee of the Affordable Inn, said a cash box in the desk was taken that included more than $950 in checks.We had a record of what checks were in the drawer, he said. We called all the tenants and had them put a stop on the checks.Business burglaries in the area have made headlines recently as local police investigated a string of around 20 Glenwood Springs business burglaries since mid-September. Police believe many of them were related.

The number of births in Garfield County grew by 16 percent between 2005 and 2006, and was 56 percent higher than in 1996.Too many births in the county are to females who are underage, unmarried, poorly educated, and/or not receiving adequate prenatal care, said Sandy Swanson, director of the Family Visitor Programs.Altogether, 945 live births occurred in the county last year, up from 816 the year before and 604 in 1996. The increase is in keeping with a continued population boom in the county.Weve got lots of babies being born, Swanson told Garfield County commissioners Monday, speaking on behalf of the county Human Services Commission.Swanson, whose agency works to support and educate expecting and new mothers, is particularly concerned about 3.3 percent of the 2006 births. Those involve mothers between 10 and 17 years old.


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