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Ben Henderson

Whether you’re new to the net or a seasoned surfer, searching for local information can be a frustrating task. So where are the best places to locate information for Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley? You may be surprised at the wealth of free information covering our valley and surrounding areas. From webcams to hiking guides, all of these sites are worth a bookmark in your Internet browser. Here are a few favorites to get you started. For more complete list with links, please visit http://www.glenwoodcolorado.com/search.htm.Weather and trafficOne of the most useful sites available is from Colorado’s Department of Transportation. This extremely informative Web site includes live webcam coverage of I-70, allowing you to check out what the passes look like on your next trip to Denver. CDOT’s site also includes regularly updated road conditions, including road closings due to accidents and mountain passes closed for weather. Next time you plan on taking a road trip, it may be wise to check out the conditions of your travel route with CDOT, http://www.cotrip.org.How often do you find yourself watching Denver’s local weather highlighting Aspen and Vail, wondering what the Glenwood forecast will be tomorrow morning? The National Weather Service in Grand Junction provides detailed forecasts, local radar, and weather alerts for Glenwood and surrounding areas (www.crh.noaa.gov/gjt). For snow reports that are updated daily at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., http://www.coloradoski.com is the best place to visit. Also worth checking out are http://www.weather.com, http://www.weatherbug.com, and http://www.intellicast.com.Glenwood services and businessesAny services in the area can easily be found online, even if the business doesn’t have a Web site. The local Glenwood Chamber site provides an excellent starting point for local searches, and provides links to many valuable local sites (www.glenwoodchamber.com). If you are looking to expand your search outside Glenwood Springs to include the region from Silt to Aspen, Qwest’s online directory is an excellent tool. DexOnline.com is searchable by keyword and zip code, and includes every business and service provider in the area with a listed phone number in their database.The Post Independent’s Web site, http://www.postindependent.com, also includes a very handy service directory for the Glenwood Area. This Web site also offers links to service guides for neighboring towns and Web sites for some regional newspapers.Recreational activities and attractionsThere are hundreds of sites dedicated to activities in Colorado that include hiking guides, events, maps, and attractions. Colorado.gov, recreation.gov, Colorado State Parks and Trails (http://parks.state.co.us), and Gorp.com are all at the top of the list. For in-town attractions, the Hot Springs Pool, Glenwood Caverns, and Ski Sunlight Web sites list special events, pricing, and schedules. Check out the live webcam at the Hot Springs!ShoppingThere aren’t many local businesses that provide online sales other than our hotels and Pizza Hut. But if you’re browsing for a deal on outdoor gear, clothing, footwear, or accessories, try Campmor.com, sierratradingpost.com, cabellas.com, or zappos.com.News and entertainmentFor local news and events, visit the Post Independent’s Web site for complete coverage. Roaringfork.net also provides local events, movie times, and local weather links. If you’re just looking for show times, Yahoo lists information for all local movie theatres.These resources are just a few of the great Web sites with local information for our valley. Google and Yahoo also have dedicated local search capabilities, and are constantly expanding features and local content. Enjoy the free information available, and don’t forget to visit http://www.glenwoodcolorado.com/search.htm for easy access to all of these Web sites!Ben Henderson is a sales executive at Blizzard Internet Marketing, Inc. “Technology” appears every month in the Post Independent.


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