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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

With the signing of a contract between Valley View Hospital and the Rifle Fire Department (aka Colorado River Fire Rescue Authority), TransCare Ambulance is preparing to assist Silt and New Castle with 911 service.

The contract entered into by the CRFRA will leave these towns underprotected for ambulance service approximately 176 times a year. The average length of lack of protection is 5.5 hours.

TransCare Ambulance management realizes that your tax dollars to the fire district will be heading to all points of the compass in support of Valley View Hospital. Knowing this, I am authorizing TransCare Ambulance operations manager Susie Taylor to provide the coverage at no cost to the public other than through normal billing practices.

If you have questions contact your elected fire authority board member at 970-625-1243 or your county commissioner at 970-945-5004.

Allen Hughes

CEO/Owner TransCare Ambulance


Bravo to Bill Barnes for the letter to the editor of March 3, and all the others that would like a real bypass. I asked the City Council six months ago about a vote on a bypass bridge at the 116 exit. They said a vote wouldn’t mean anything because CDOT has the say on a bypass.

It would be a great start to a bypass if a bridge was built at the 116 exit and then used as an alternate while the Grand Avenue Bridge is getting repaired and made a three-lane bridge, as Bill suggested.

I’m sure that the $56 million would cover the cost of at least two bridges and a couple of roundabouts.


Steve Tonozzi

Glenwood Springs

Steve Smith wrote about the “furor” over plans for Grand Avenue (March 1 Post Independent), and astutely stated the main goal was to cut down traffic.

I could not agree more. If Mr. Smith would like to see that happen now and in the future, may I suggest he (if he hasn’t already) engage himself in the battle to expire the oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide Creek area.

As it now stands, SG Interests, which holds these leases, would like to use Grand Avenue as part of its haul route. That would mean an estimated 600 round-trips from heavy dump trucks, semi trucks, water trucks and pick-up trucks to get the job done, according to both the BLM application and truck-trip estimates from SG Interests.

Not only will this obviously increase traffic at an abhorrent rate, it would also destroy Glenwood Springs’ reputation as The Most Fun Town in America (Rand McNally). I seriously doubt locals, not to mention tourists, would like to see a caravan of huge trucks rumbling through town, wearing down our roads and causing noise and air pollution.

If Mr. Smith – or anyone else – is not educated on what is going on in the hills right above Glenwood Springs, contact the Thompson Divide Coalition at (970) 355-4223. They would be more than happy to tell you what’s at stake, not only for our beautiful downtown Glenwood Springs, but the entire valley.

Much is at stake.

Annie Uyehara

Glenwood Springs

With all due respect, Mayor Moore, if you believe that oil and gas “activities are not harmful to human health” (GSPI, Feb. 27) I fear you ignore ample evidence to the contrary.

True, the industry sometimes makes testing difficult when they do not allow the EPA on well sites, by refusing to release fracking chemical formulations or allowing chemical finger-printing, and by placing gag orders on families for whom they are providing water once their wells are ruined by fracking. However, there is research conducted on the dangers of fracking that is peer reviewed and accepted science.

Fracking is a highly industrialized toxic process with many variables. Some of the dangers may be beyond the toxins and carcinogens that are added by the industry; for example, there are radioactive materials released by fracking that if undisturbed, would have remained safely in the earth.

Some modeling suggests that it might take several years for fracked earth to re-pressurize allowing the poisons to enter aquifers, suggesting the need for long-range testing. This is what having an open mind allows us to learn, and it points to the difficulty of approving such dangerous operations without further study.

We shouldn’t be discussing “if” there are significant dangers of fracking, we should be discussing how we can protect ourselves from those dangers, for example, by moving operations away from where we live and work, grow food and recreate. Importantly, we must insist on transparency of what cancer-causing and otherwise toxic materials are currently used, and insist on better and cleaner practices.

Mr Mayor, how many jobs, many of them only temporary and many taken by out-of-towners, are worth ruining our county’s most valuable resources: the health of our citizens, our air, water, natural beauty of our land and wildlife, and our historic and sustainable economies including hunting, fishing, recreation, tourism, and ranching and farming?

You have said that if evidence emerges you will revise your opinion. I hope you will protect the health of your constituents and your community by considering the facts.

Gail Pollack

Glenwood Springs

With the letters from people calling for waiting 20 to 30 years to replace the Grand Avenue Bridge, and more calling for CDOT to “reduce” traffic, I have a plan.

All Joe Elsen has to do is hoist two orange CDOT trucks above his head, rubbing them together to create lightning, and cast them into the sky at midnight on any solstice. I’ve heard he has had great success doing this with large rocks in the canyon to control gravity, thus reducing rockfalls.

Of course, I’m no CDOT engineer, I haven’t studied traffic management or highway and bridge design, I don’t have access to the studies created over the last 30 years, and I don’t have any idea what traffic flows on Grand Avenue are hour to hour daily, or how to time the lights to improve traffic flow – but I am good at BS.

Trust in CDOT. And if you doubt the job they can do, take a drive to Dotsero and back.

Brad Gates

New Castle

Bravo, John Foulkrod, for standing up for small businesses in Carbondale. It is hard enough for businesses to make it in Obama’s lousy economy without a bunch of environmental wackos dictating more ridiculous and expensive mandates.

Let the individual business owners decide what is financially feasible – ever hear of the free market?

I thought liberals were in favor of freedom? What’s next? Mandating the maximum times a business can flush their toilets in order to save water?

It sounds like a joke – but stuff that was laughable only a few years ago is now being dictated by government at all levels.

Deanna Liebl


This an open letter to Steve Smith.

Per your letter: If you believe you can put a stopper on the traffic on Highway 82 through or around Glenwood you are just dreaming. Commerce just doesn’t work that way.

And while we are at it, please explain how rail, which will take up the same space and money as a bypass, makes any sense at all. Fifteen or so years back rail was shown to not make any fiscal sense, and it still doesn’t today.

You just won’t let go.

Your old friend,

Bob Lucas


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