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Something new and a little different

Editor's Notebook
Dale Shrull
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Six-year-old Lilly Schreiber caught this monster fish from the Colorado River near New Castle on March 21 with a little help from her uncle Troy Hassell. Both live in New Castle.

Today I’m launching a different style of a column. In the “Editor’s Notebook,” I will feature a variety of things. Community items, announcements, people news and lots of miscellaneous.

There might be a little sports, a little business, news, whatever might be going on. A little of everything chalked full of anything.

Of course if you have things you think might work in this column, please send them in.

Photos, ideas, news, kudos, etc. Drop me a line at or call 384-9110.

Let’s get started.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

It’s an end of the proverbial era for Dos Hombres in West Glenwood. After 10 satisfying years owner John Webber is closing the Mexican food restaurant. Today is the final day for the restaurant so you might want to pop in and give your best to the staff. John won’t be leaving the restaurant business just yet, though. He will continue to operate Elk Creek Mining Co. in New Castle.

Best of luck in the future, to John and the staff.

We’ve all heard about the property value situation, but that doesn’t mean we understand it. Every two years, the county will send out a Notice of Value from the assessor’s office. County Assessor John Gorman and his staff will be holding a series of Property Tax Education meetings starting today starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Garfield County administration building. See Gorman’s letter on the Voices page for more info and the complete list of meeting times and sites.

Oh, Jay!: Well, Jay Cutler is out of the Mile High City and off to the windy city. I thought the Broncos should keep him and make him wear jersey number 666.

There’s always debate after the blockbuster trade is made ” who got the better deal? Since there are draft picks involved, that can’t be answered for a while. But I’ve got a hunch Denver might look to use some of those draft picks to broker a draft day deal to move up higher in this draft.

One thing is certain, when Pat Bowlen fired Mike Shanahan, it created excitement for fans, but it also created turmoil. A lot can be said for the stability that comes with a long-time head coach.

There will definitely be some more growing (up) pains with Josh McDaniels.

It’s always interesting when large newspapers feature stories from our region.

On March 23, the Los Angeles Times ran a story about the Sopris Sun, Carbondale’s new nonprofit weekly newspaper. The story, headlined “Fine, they’ll just publish the newspaper themselves,” told the story of the Sun’s formation and the volunteer work that is keeping the paper in business. Editor Trina Ortega and Carbondale Mayor Michael Hassig were interviewed for the story.

Baby oh Baby: Having a new baby is an amazing event. But here’s an interesting story that’s doubles the amazement factor and will make for great conversation at the next family reunion.

Cheyenne Rodriguez, 18, gave birth to her first child a little before 3 in the afternoon on March 19. But her mom Cara Pittman couldn’t make it to see the birth of her granddaughter. Why? We’ll she was in another hospital giving birth to a baby boy at 11:38 p.m.

Check out tomorrow’s Post Independent for a story on this very unique birthday tale.

Final thought: Buckling up is easy and it does save lives. That’s a fact.

The good news is that seat belt use in 2008 climbed to 83 percent, an all-time high for the U.S. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia had rates of 90 percent or better. Colorado is at a rather disappointing 81.7 percent. Wyoming (68.6) and Massachusetts (66.8) were the lowest.

According to a related study, also by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic fatalities went from 41,059 in 2007 to 37,313 in 2008.

Buckle up!

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