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I-70 westbound reopens at No Name following Saturday afternoon rockslide

A rockslide closed I-70 westbound near the No Name rest area for over three hours Saturday afternoon. 

CDOT Regional Communications Manager Lisa Schwantes said she was notified of the incident, just east of Glenwood Springs at mile marker 119, around 2:15 p.m.

Westbound traffic was being stopped at Dotsero as maintenance crews cleared rocks and debris from the roadway.       

No serious injuries were reported as a result of Saturday’s rockslide according to Schwantes. However, a semi-truck required towing and rocks scattered along the interstate were large enough to require a front-end loader, Schwantes said.

I-70 westbound reopened at around 5:20 p.m.

In the immediate area of the rockslide, I-70 westbound was limited to one lane and CDOT urged motorists to use caution.

Saturday’s rockslide was the first of the season to cause an interstate closure, Schwantes said.

Snow day: Re-1 schools, CMC campuses, Adventure Park closed Friday, PI e-edition free to read today

Editor’s note: The weather isn’t making it easy for many folks to get a print copy of Friday’s paper, so we’ve made the e-edition free to access today. Go here to read Friday’s paper.

Roaring Fork School District has canceled school Friday in anticipation of continued adverse weather.

All after-school and extracurricular activities are also canceled, although Glenwood Springs High School’s girls swim team had already left for an event in Grand Junction and would still compete.

In a statement Thursday night, district public information officer Kelsy Been said early reports point to unsafe road conditions continuing Friday.

“Although we do not usually make snow day decisions this early, we’ve received earlier than usual reports from road and highway plowing operations departments of expected unsafe and hazardous road conditions,” Been writes. “Any decision to cancel school is based on student and staff safety.”

Go here to read Roaring Fork School District’s policy on cancellations.

In addition:

  • Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood Center, Spring Valley, Carbondale, Rifle and Leadville campuses will be closed Friday for the entire day. The Aspen campus remains open. Central Services in Glenwood is closed. For more information, call the CMC Rifle snow line at 625-6990 or the CMC Spring Valley/Glenwood Center snow line at 947-8153.
  • Glenwood Springs City Hall will open at 10 a.m. Friday, instead of 8. The Community Center will open at 6 a.m. for normal business hours.
  • Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is closed Friday. Friday Afternoon Club is canceled.
  • Interstate 70 westbound from Golden to the Eisenhower Tunnel is closed. No alternate routes are available, and CDOT strongly recommends people don’t travel during today’s storm.

A winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service remains in effect until 5 p.m. Friday, with up to 8 inches of snow expected Thursday night and up to 4 more inches expected Friday morning.

Garfield School District 16 schools in Parachute are not canceled for Friday, and Friday is a normal off day for Garfield Re-2 schools.

Call 511 for the most up-to-date road conditions.

Friday letters: oil and gas, science, Negro National Anthem, voter fraud, hearing aids, first-time gun owners

Commissioners funneling public funds to oil and gas interests is shameful

What would you do if you had $1.5 million to improve your community? Would you support our struggling tourism industry? How about bolstering the health department’s efforts to tame Covid-19? Maybe you’d help fund a job readiness program to help workers get back on their feet.

Unfortunately, our county commissioners have chosen to do none of those things.

Instead, they have decided Monday to waste another half million dollars in public funds, on top of the million they have already squandered, to unilaterally finance a special interest group that opposes common-sense reforms to make the oil and gas industry safer for those of us who live close to their drilling. These measures that the Garfield County commissioners oppose include increased inspections for leaks with operations located within 1,000 feet of homes, and twice a year inspections of all wells for leaks that are harmful to our health and the environment. 

As a Garfield County resident, I do not believe fighting basic health and safety measures is a good use of public dollars. When I raised this issue in the Garfield County commissioner meeting on July 6, I was rebuffed by Commissioner Jankovsky, who dismissed my concerns as those of “… a minority in Battlement Mesa … about 25%.” This isn’t the first time that Jankovsky has made it clear that he thinks his only duty is to serve the needs of his constituents who voted for him — as far as he’s concerned, the other 1,175 people who call Battlement Mesa home simply don’t matter.

Despite what our commissioners may think, an elected official’s job is to protect everyone in their community. Spending $1,500,000 to single-handedly fund an effort to allow oil and gas companies to release poison into the air near our homes isn’t protecting anyone, unless you count energy industry executives in Denver and Houston.

Now, I pose to you the same question I asked Jankovsky: If you were in the 25% with a gas well in your backyard, wouldn’t you think you needed protection, too?

Betsy Leonard

Battlement Mesa

Follow science, not speculators

Feels like basic military training. Do things because you’re told. That’s the subtext of all this COVID-19 lock-down. These “necessary mandates” like closing down schools and the economy are precautionary for a virus that hasn’t been studied. 

The results so far are anemic relative to the Spanish Flu or the Black Death. In regard to the regional population: One in three died during the Black Death. One in 10 died during the Spanish Flu. One in 16,000 died so far during COVID-19. The ordinary seasonal flu kills one in 19,000. 

So far, COVID-19 is just a bit more fatal than the ordinary seasonal flu. This doesn’t even compare to the Spanish Flu or the Black Death.

Be cautious, but notice who benefits from, or perpetuates speculative narratives. So far, data spikes are relative to the spotty testing. Is this a hoax, a crime and a cover-up all in one? 

Only more data will tell. That’s why comprehensive testing is important. The more who test positive, relative to those who’ve died, makes a disease less virulent. 

Keep calm. Carry on. Wait for the science and common sense, not the speculators, to tell us when to be ourselves. Speculators never will.

Fred Stewart

Grand Junction

Negro National Anthem

I betcha the first time the Negro National Anthem was played in Aspen or the Roaring Fork Valley was just a short few years ago when I made a birthday song request for “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” (“Lift Every Voice and Sing”) by the brothers James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson to be played and sung for my birthday.

A small miracle when it was played and sung on two Sundays in a row, instead of just one Sunday. 

I only told a handful, including Father Jonathan Brice and his wife, that song in the hymn book was the Negro National Anthem. 

In the Episcopal Church hymnal it is listed as “Lift Every Voice,” Hymn 500. 

Also you’ll find the Negro National Anthem in the United Methodist Church hymnal. 

So welcome to real Americanism and Americana when you get to see, hear and have the marvelous chance to sing “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” during “each NFL game during Week 1….” (“NFL To Play Black Anthem Before National Anthem”, Morning Briefing, Sports, Denver Post, July 3, 2020).

Also do bear in mind that “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” did compete to be our U.S. national anthem.

Best wishes,

Emzy Veazy III

Burbank, California, and Aspen

Democrats benefit from voter fraud

Andrea Chacos must have been listening to Biden in another one of his less lucid moments when he slathered “we prefer truth over facts.” Andrea and Joe think there’s a difference between the two. OK …

She also opines that saying there’s no proof there isn’t voter fraud, “sounds stupid and that’s a fact.” No, Andrea, that’s your stupid opinion.

There can be no “evidence” of fraud since there’s been no investigation. Today, there are over 12 million active SSNs whose supposed users are all over 112 years old. That’s a fact.

The truth is that they could be used by noncitizens to vote fraudulently. My opinion is Democrats don’t want to know because they benefit from voter fraud.

Bruno Kirchenwitz 

Rifle

Mind your hearing aid

On a recent trip, my mother lost a hearing aid somewhere, probably while removing her mask after we made a pit stop. 

When I phoned our hearing aid office to schedule an appointment for a replacement, the professional there said this has become a common event since the advent of COVID-19. 

As a public service, I would like to remind those who have such devices, and those who travel with them, to take special care to ensure everything is still with you whenever a mask is put on or removed. 

It’s an expensive mistake that can be avoided if we pay extra attention. Most seniors can’t really afford to make replacements on a regular basis.

Barbara Hauptli

Glenwood Springs

Appreciate that gun, first-timers

Well, it’s happened. With the current panic of some zombie intruder stealing our bottled water and toilet paper, or a “protester/rioter” wanting to beat the crap out of us because we believe all lives matter, or maybe the demands that police departments be defunded, “who ya gonna call,” the race to purchase a firearm has been setting new records for the last three or four months. This has gummed the works of state and federal background check systems, with approvals taking up to 10 days.

Most of this current panic to get a gun is by first time gun buyers, who last election were casting votes for the very candidates and politicians who promised to take away that “right.”

I’m curious to know how many of these first-timers learned that they couldn’t just go online, order and have their firearm shipped to their door, no questions asked. After all, this is what we’ve been told by the gun grabbers, political leaders, celebrities and lame stream media for decades. I would bet that 99% found that it was a much more difficult process than they ever imagined, with some being denied.

Well now that you have this chunk of metal and wood or plastic, I hope that you asked someone knowledgeable to accompany you to the shooting range, which, by the way, you were probably trying extremely hard to have closed down a couple of years ago. Someone to teach how to own and operate your new purchase safely.

Finally, “armed” with your purchase, responsibility and knowledge of what it took to acquire it, perhaps you’ll learn more about what your candidates have in mind for you and your new property before casting your vote in November. And while you are at it, you might want to join the NRA, the organization trying to protect your right to keep it. If interested, call me, I can help.

Richard Teague

Carbondale

Mulhall column: Garfield Avenue reverie

There comes an age when you can look back at your time on this planet with a fair amount of perspective. If you’re lucky, maybe you see a time when you hit your stride, or at least came close.

Apparently I’ve reached that age, for it occurred to me the other day that there were a few years in the early ’90s that fit the bill, due at least in part to fly fishing.

It was during that time I guided for Roy Palm.

Guiding didn’t exactly jibe with my mostly quiet demeanor, which is to say I wasn’t nearly as good at guiding as I was at angling, and it’s fair to say in retrospect that my reputation as a decent fly fisherman was more a reflection of how much time I spent fishing than anything else.

I knew a lot of guides, most no more than acquaintances, until one night while tying flies in the front room of my Garfield Avenue rental I heard a knock at my back door. It was about 10:30 p.m. I flipped on the porch light and there he stood, still in wet waders, strung fly rod in hand.

A young guy with a slight southern accent I couldn’t place, he introduced himself and explained he was a Fryingpan guide and that he’d heard from a neighbor I liked fly fishing. Somewhere in the moments that followed we struck up a friendship that would last for years.

From him I learned more about fly tying and angling than I’d managed to accumulate in all my years of mostly self instruction, and while I don’t fish much anymore, my gratitude has never wavered.

I suppose if I’d befriended more guides, it would have upped my game even more, but most of the guides I knew operated at an energy level I could not match.

It wasn’t even clear to me that most guides did anything but guide. Even eating and sleeping were suspect from everything I could tell. This made wetting a fly just for the fun of it something truly far off, and I just couldn’t square that.

Some guides were legendary. Every outfitter had a history of at least one guide who by swagger if not by skill put clients into fish, regardless of client ability or experience.

Other guides developed unusual self-marketing strategies.

One such guide from a rival outfitter developed a reputation for eating the same aquatic insects trout ate. He’d find a blue wing olive, for example, floating along and pluck it off the water. As lore had it, he’d then study the hapless mayfly, perhaps eying the finer details of color and size. Then boom. Down the gullet it went.

He told clients this helped him think like a trout, and just as word of his dietary adventurism began to elicit trip requests, it all came to a screeching halt when giardia sidelined him with a scorching case of trots.

I never could match guides for energy or creative self-marketing, but it all worked out. Roy Palm seemed to understand how I was wired and usually paired me with experienced anglers who preferred a minimalist approach.

In fairness, my guiding days were numbered almost from the day they began. It’s almost axiomatic that guiding is a young man’s avocation, and while my 30s are nearly just that far behind me, there is a beacon in this valley that still brings memories of that time back to life.

On those rare occasions I’m traveling downvalley between Basalt and Carbondale at twilight, I’ll take old 82, particularly west of El Jebel, and turn on Catherine’s Store Road.

As I drive, window down, I’ll share my attention to the road with occasional glimpses of the antenna on Sunlight Peak.

A lot has changed since 1990, but the sight of the Sunlight Peak antenna on a summer evening remains the same.

Mitch Mulhall is a husband, father and longtime Roaring Fork Valley resident. His column appears monthly in the Post Independent and at postindependent.com.

Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties to prioritize certain groups for COVID-19 testing amid case surge

A surge in demand for coronavirus testing with the uptick in new COVID-19 cases nationwide has prompted the western Colorado counties of Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin to manage testing on a regional basis.

Recent referrals for testing — including for people who may be worried, but not necessarily symptomatic or at higher risk for serious illness — has caused a backlog of late in obtaining test results.

That wait, sometimes up to eight days, minimizes the effectiveness of the testing strategy to contain and slow the spread of the disease, public health directors from the three counties said in a joint statement issued Thursday.

“We cannot test and trace our way out of this pandemic,” Heath Harmon, Director of Eagle County Public Health and Environment, said in the tri-county press release.

Ultimately, he added, “We need greater compliance on prevention measures from all people in our communities, regardless of whether they are locals or visitors.”  

To maximize the testing strategy’s effectiveness, public health departments in the three counties will now coordinate testing efforts to try to achieve great turnaround on test results.

“Testing is a key containment strategy to slow the spread of the disease,” the joint statement reads. “Surges in cases nationwide are stressing the testing components supply chain and the capacity at state and commercial labs cannot keep up with the demand.”

A plan to coordinate testing efforts regionally is being devised by a medical team made up of hospital and public health officials from the three counties.

Details, such as which of the counties would be prioritized for testing depending on rates of infection and other factors are still being worked out.

Ideally, test results need to be turned around within 48 hours to be effective in combatting the spread of the disease, public health officials point out. But the increased demand for testing has overloaded test supplies and stressed the ability for state and commercial labs to keep pace, they said.

To ease that strain, the three counties will employ the following testing strategy until state and commercial laboratory capacity can achieve consistent turnaround times of 48 hours or less:

Testing is recommended for

  • People with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath 
  • People with symptoms and who are at greater risk for severe disease, including hospitalization and death (65 years of age or older, or who have chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, are immunocompromised, are pregnant, or are otherwise considered at high risk by a licensed healthcare provider)
  • People who are hospitalized with symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • Those who have had close contacts with a confirmed COVID-19 case, as defined and recommended by a local public health agency
  • People within congregate settings where there may be a broader exposure to COVID-19, as determined by a local public health agency

Testing is not routinely recommended for

  • People who do not have symptoms and no known close contact exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • People who are preparing to travel or recently returned from travel who do not have symptoms
  • Employees who have not had a known close contact exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • People who are worried, but have not had close contact exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case and do not have symptoms
  • People who have been confirmed previously and are being retested for release from isolation.
Latest Garfield County COVID-19 Statistics & Trends

Garfield County stats

Cumulative cases as of 7/9 (all clinics) — 352

New cases reported in past week — 45

Rolling two-week onset of new cases: June 25-July 8 — 44; June 11-24 — 83

Test positivity rate — 4.7%

Deaths — 3

Source: Garfield County Public Health

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 7/9/2020

Specimens collected through Valley View — 3,780 (New since 7/2: 549)

Positive results — 195 (New since 7/2: 54)

Pending results — 52

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began — 34 (3 new since 7/2)

Patients discharged (incl. transfers and deceased) — 24

Grand River COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 7/9/2020

Specimens collected through Grand River Health — 1,893 (New since 7/2: 174)

Positive results — 87 (21 new since 7/2)

Pending results — 27

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began — 3 (1 new hospitalization since 7/2)

Patients transferred — 2

Source: Hospital statistics released twice weekly

Officials also question the value, from a public health perspective, of people being tested for antibodies to determine if they previously had COVID-19, but who are no longer symptomatic

“If you are currently sick, antibody testing cannot determine if that sickness is COVID-19,” according to the joint statement.

Antibody tests measure whether a person has antibodies from a virus, but only after they have recovered.

“These tests should not be done until the patient has been without symptoms for at least seven days and does not have a fever,” according to the release.

Also, “A positive antibody test does not provide complete assurance at this time that someone will be protected from a future COVID-19 infection, and people should continue to take precautions and adhere to (public health safety precautions).”

“We all wish this pandemic would end … (and) go back to our normal ways of living life,” Garfield County Public Health Director Yvonne Long said in the release. “The answer to keeping our economy is doable if we have everyone’s buy-in, but only doable if we have everyone’s buy-in.”

That includes wearing a mask in public when social distancing is not possible, staying six feet apart, washing hands regularly and staying home when sick.

“We can dramatically reduce spreading the virus,” Long said. “Those very basic actions that we are all getting used to are the ticket to getting back to a new normal.”

jstroud@postindependent.com

Alpine Bank in Carbondale closes lobby after workers test positive for COVID-19

Alpine Bank in Carbondale is temporarily closing its lobby after two employees tested positive for COVID-19.

The lobby closure is voluntary and drive-up services will continue at the Carbondale branch, according to a news release Thursday from Alpine Bank.

“This temporary closing of Carbondale’s lobby does not affect drive-up and walk-up banking services, which are still available at this location during normal operating hours,” Alpine Bank Carbondale President Garrett Jammaron said in the news release.

Alpine Bank branch locations in Glenwood, Basalt and Willits are unaffected and remain open, the release state. Alpine Bank is working with local and state health agencies to determine if any other steps are necessary. Testing is being requested for all branch employees and the Carbondale location will undergo “fogging” and enhanced cleaning.

Obituary: Robert Rockwell Graham

Robert Rockwell Graham January 26, 1938 – June 30, 2020

Robert Rockwell Graham was born January 26, 1938 in Denver, CO the son of George Albert Graham and Lucy (Shaffer) Moran. He passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at his residence in Dolores, CO at the age of 82. Surviving Robert are his spouse, Charmane Graham of Dolores, CO; daughters, Roberta Ratliff of Mancos, CO, and Lucy Madden of Springtown, TX; step-children, Susan Smith and Kenneth Dodge of Casa Grande, AZ; 8 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; son, James Graham; sister, Rhoda Vallee; granddaughter, Aubrey Madden; and great granddaughter, Annabelle Negron.

Ample sunshine throughout Garfield County this weekend, but high heat increases need for caution

A severe hot and dry spell could put people spending an extended amount of time outdoors at risk this weekend, but with proper planning, fun can still be had by all.

“We have a ridge of high pressure moving into the Four Corners area, making for some extremely warm and dry conditions in Glenwood Springs,” said Erin Walter, a National Weather Service meteorologist. “Temperatures could potentially exceed 100 degrees this weekend and will remain high into next week.”

Because of the heat, the NWS is advising people to be cautious about spending too much time in the sun during the next few days.

Locals looking to get away from this weekends triple digit temperatures might find places like Meadow Creek Lake a nice stopping point.
Kyle Mills / Post Independent

But the dog days of summer are still bursting with recreational opportunities ranging from fishing to floating, said Lisa Langer, Glenwood Springs Tourism director.

“Of course, one of the best ways to cool off this weekend is to stop in for a drink or a treat at one our many wonderful establishments,” Langer said. “And, water sports would be really ideal. Rafting and kayaking are great, and paddle boarding is a fun way to just lay back and relax, so long as you’re not on the river.”

A guide to renting water sports equipment and guided fishing tours is located in the Glenwood Springs Travel Guide, which can be downloaded free at www.visitglenwood.com.

For those wanting to avoid the waterways, Langer said a well-planned hiking or biking trip would be possible so long as people head out early.

“Mitchell Creek is a great path that’s very well shaded,” she said. “Grizzly Creek is another good one, but people will have to contend with construction on Interstate 70.”

Drinking plenty of water and applying sunscreen will be essential to avoiding the worst of the heat, but people should also avoid overexerting themselves this weekend.

“Stay out of the hot sun, and I wouldn’t do a south-facing hike like Storm King Trail,” Langer said. “I wouldn’t suggest biking the Rio Grande Trail in the heat of the day, but the Glenwood Canyon Path would not be as directly in the sun.”

Walter said a low chance of moisture through Sunday decreases the risk of wildfires started by thunderstorms, but fire danger will still be high because of the potential for human-caused fires.

Given the fire danger, White River National Forest officials are urging people to be especially cautious with their ignition sources this weekend.

“The forest is drying, and the hot and dry conditions forecast over the next few weeks mean no relief is in sight,” White River Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams said in a news release. “We often see monsoonal moisture by now to take the edge off, but fire danger will continue to increase.” 

Stage One fire restrictions are in place on all lands managed by the White River National Forest, the release stated. Stage One fire restrictions are also in place on local BLM lands and unincorporated Garfield County.

Although temperatures could marginally cool off later next week, Walter said the NWS climate models are predicting abnormally warm and dry conditions through September.

On the upside, the nights will remain cool.

“With these very dry conditions, the temperatures tend to drop really quickly as soon as the sun goes down,” Walter explained. “We’re looking at low nighttime temperatures around the 50s this weekend.”

ifredregill@postindependent.com

Dance Initiative offering Self-Guided Tour of Carbondale Dance

It’s not quite time for dancing in the streets, but there will be dancing in the outdoors Friday evening in Carbondale.

Dance Initiative is offering a Self-Guided Tour of Carbondale Dance Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at “unique outdoor locations.” Four local dance companies, including the Sopris Soarers, Alya Howe, CoMotion Dance Company, and Claudia and Erik Peña will be performing.

The Tour is the brainchild of Dance Initiative Executive Director Megan Janssen who said she was just trying to find a way of doing something outside while the recent warm weather affords that opportunity.

“In the time of Covid, with everything being canceled, one of the things I’ve gained is some patience and more ability to handle logistics because nothing else is happening,” Janssen said. “It felt like a worthwhile thing to put some time and energy into just one performance this year.”

The idea is for small groups, or “quarantine pods” as Janssen called them, to buy their tickets in advance, after which they will be sent a schedule and a route of where they’re going, when they need to be there, when the performance is, who’s performing, and other pertinent information about social distancing and face covering.

“We’re limited to 20 people per performance,” Janssen said.

The event has turned out to be extremely popular, and as such, Janssen said it is close to being sold out, although she is creating a waitlist in case they get some last-minute cancelations.

The Sopris Soarers, which are well known locally for their performances at Mountain Fair and the Green is the New Black fashion show, will present an aerial routine they’re calling “As One.” The Soarers will have up to nine or 10 performers that will include both adults and children.

Alya Howe of the Alya Howe Performing Arts Umbrella will present a performance based on a body of work called “Disappeared; Women.” She’ll be working with Cynthia Giannini, a dancer from Denver who performed with Joffrey Ballet for a number of years. Giannini will perform solo while Howe accompanies the dance with spoken word.

Claudia and Erik Pena are Latin dancers who study and teach bachata among other dances like hip hop and salsa in the valley. They’ll be performing a dance they call “Confiesale,” which will feature some new tricks they’ve learned.

CoMotion Dance Company will be working with professional violinist MinTze Wu. The performance, called “Collective Kaddish,” will be a collaboration between the dancers and Wu, and is based on a piece of music and a piece of poetry that Wu wrote. It will have collective choreography that has a more modern feel, Janssen said, and the poetry will be performed by the group “Voices,” — a local nonprofit youth voices project.

jbear@postindependent.com

Obituary: Josef Langegger

Josef Langegger February 28, 1934 – June 12, 2020 Josef “Pepi” Langegger—restauranteur, developer, rancher, outdoorsman, mentor, friend, and Vail pioneer—passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on June 12, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Pepi was born in Wagrain, Austria on February 28, 1934. He spent his formative years in war-torn Europe. He had what many would regard as a tough childhood: surviving WWII and losing both parents by the age of thirteen. A plucky entrepreneur from early on, he survived and thrived by finding economic opportunity where others failed to look. Among many small business enterprises, he cleaned and repaired wrist watches to sell at a profit. He put himself through hotel-restaurant school at the Klessheim Hotelfachshule in Salzburg, Austria, where he also learned business skills and English. Impressed by what he referred to as the “gentle occupation” of Austria by American troops, he decided at a young age to move to America. His education enabled him to begin the adventure that led him to settle in Vail, Colorado. His travels with lifelong friends and business partners Peter Stadler and Hermann Staufer took him through England, Bermuda, Canada, Washington DC, and finally Chicago. There he met and married his wife of 53 years, Hanna Pufal. “Ann” and Pepi soon moved to Vail where he and Hermann opened the Lancelot Restaurant in 1969. At the beginning of this venture, money was so tight that they didn’t hire a cook or a manager, but alternated shifts behind the stove and in front of customers. Hard work and determination brought Pepi success in the Vail restaurant scene. He was a partner in opening the Lord Gore Restaurant and then operating the original Blue Cow. Long time locals know the Blue Cow Chute and its relation to this 1970s iconic restaurant. Pepi transformed the Blue Cow into his most memorable and successful establishment, The Tyrolean, an award-winning wild game restaurant that operated for 33 years. In 1980, he and Hermann redeveloped the Tyrolean building into its current, distinctive form. In 1987, he opened the Golden Eagle Inn, which still exists today in Beaver Creek. Throughout his life, Pepi was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout North America and in Austria. The mountains and valleys of his beloved Colorado are where he spent most of his time outdoors. His fascination with and deep respect for Rocky Mountain Elk, and the fact that The Tyrolean and the Golden Eagle Inn featured wild game dishes, eventually compelled him to buy a large ranch near Silt, Colorado. Pepi transformed this land into Twin Creek Ranch. During the 1990s, his ranch produced many award-winning breeding bulls and served as a source of elk meat for his restaurants. Over the years, countless friends, customers, and associates were drawn to Pepi’s charisma, experience, and individuality. His family in Austria will always remember him as an American success story, and their admired relative who never forgot his humble roots in the Austrian Alps. Pepi is survived by his wife Ann, sons Sig and Peter, grandson Jurgen, and sisters in Austria, Hanni and Christl. He will be dearly missed. To send condolences to Ann, please email langeggerfamily@gmail.com for her contact information. Donations to Vail Health on Pepi’s behalf are greatly appreciated. A celebration of Pepi’s life will be held at the Lancelot with friends and family at a later date.

Nearly 270 Roaring Fork Valley businesses awarded PPP loans greater than $150,000

Nearly 270 businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley received loans of $150,000 or more from the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program after the COVID-19 crisis hit, according to data released by the Small Business Association.

The loans were used as a lifeline by borrowers ranging from Aspen Valley Hospital and multiple dental and medical clinics to construction firms, and from arts organizations such as Aspen Art Museum to restaurants. Several prominent law firms and architectural businesses throughout the valley also obtained loans.

The loans were approved but there may be cases where the borrower decided not to collect the funds, according to the SBA.

About two-thirds of the loans awarded in the Roaring Fork Valley, 180 of 269, were in the range of $150,000 to $350,000, according to an analysis of the federal data by The Aspen Times.

There were 77 loans between $350,000 and $1 million and another 10 between $1 million and $2 million.

There was only one loan between $2 million and $5 million. That was to Clark’s Market Inc., a chain anchored in Aspen. Clark’s said it would use the loan to retain 402 jobs throughout its chain, according to the information released by the SBA.

There was only one loan in the valley in the highest category, $5 million to $10 million. That was to Aspen Valley Hospital, which said it would use the loan to retain 500 jobs.

The Paycheck Protection Program was rolled out by the federal government in April to soften the blow to the economy from business shutdowns at the start of the coronavirus crisis. The program provided eight weeks of funds primarily to keep employees on payroll and from filing for unemployment. Other allowed uses are interest on mortgages, rent and utilities. Loans that aren’t forgiven will have an interest rate of 1%.

While the SBA oversees the program, banks provided the loans and helped clients with the paperwork. Representatives of several local banks said in April that the vast majority of their clients planned to use the funds primarily for payroll.

The SBA data showed that 125 of the 279 loan recipients in the Roaring Fork Valley didn’t indicate how many jobs the loans would be used to retain or they marked zero jobs.

Following is the list of the loan recipients in Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. The job retention is listed when it was included in the SBA data.

•$5million to $10 million

Aspen Valley Hospital, Aspen, 500 jobs retained

•$2 million to $5 million

Clark’s Market Inc., Aspen, 402 jobs retained

•$1 million to $2 million

Aspen Club Lodge Properties LLC, Aspen

CSC Management LLC, Aspen, 90 jobs retained

Gould Construction, Glenwood Springs, 83 jobs retained

Maroon Creek Club LLC, Aspen, 84 jobs retained

Mountain Family Health Center, GWS, 165 jobs retained

Mountain Valley Development Services Inc., GWS

Pacific Sheet Metal Inc., Carbondale, 90 jobs retained

R&A Enterprises of Carbondale Inc., GWS

Roaring Fork Club LLC, Basalt, 148 jobs retained

Rocky Mountain Connections, Basalt

•$350,000 to $1 million

7908 Aspen LLC, Aspen

Anderson Ranch Arts Foundation, Snowmass Village

Aspen Concrete Structures Inc., GWS

Aspen Alps Condominium Association Inc., Aspen

Aspen Clark’s Real Estate LLC, 45 jobs retained

Aspen Grocery LLC, Aspen

Aspen Property Management Inc., Aspen, 28 jobs retained

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Aspen

Aspen Tree Service Inc., Carbondale

Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club Inc., Aspen, 40 jobs retained

Aspen Waldorf Foundation Inc., Aspen

Backbone Group LLC, Carbondale, 60 jobs retained

Balcomb and Green PC, GWS

Berthoud Motors Inc., GWS

Betula Aspen LLC, Aspen, 51 jobs retained

Bill Poss and Associates Architecture and Planning PC, Aspen

Brexi LLC, Aspen

Brikor Associates LLC, Basalt, 23 jobs retained

Cache Cache Ltd, Aspen

Caribou Club Ltd, Aspen, 45 jobs retained

Carl’s Pharmacy, Aspen, Aspen

Casa Tua Aspen LLC, Aspen, 68 jobs retained

Charles Cunniffe Architects PC, Aspen

CLMF LLC, Aspen

Colorado Poolscapes, GWS

Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Carbondale Inc., Carbondale

Cornerstone Property Management Aspen LLC, Aspen, 30 jobs retained

Cottle Carr Yaw Architects, Basalt

Crestwood Condominium Association Inc., Snowmass Village

Dancing Bear Residences Owners Association Inc., Aspen, 49 jobs retained

Fierce American Food Co. LLC, Aspen, 29 jobs retained

Forrest Painting LLC, Basalt, 23 jobs retained

Frias Properties of Aspen, Aspen, 70 jobs retained

GF Woods Construction Inc., Aspen, 21 jobs retained

Garfield & Hecht PC, Aspen

Giba Inc, Aspen

Giobi Inc, Aspen, 43 jobs retained

Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. LLC, GWS, 54 jobs retained

Glenwood Medical Associates, GWS

Glenwood Springs Food Inc., GWS

Glenwood Springs Subaru Inc, GWS

Glenwood Tramway LLC, GWS, 67 jobs retained

Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork, GWS

Hansen Construction Inc., Aspen, 52 jobs retained

Harriman Construction Inc., Basalt

Innovative Painting Systems Inc., Carbondale

Integrity Pizza LLC, GWS, 139 jobs retained

Jaywalker Lodge Inc., Basalt, 54 jobs retained

JC Hospitality Aspen LLC, Aspen, 29 jobs retained

Koru Ltd, Carbondale, 20 jobs retained

L&M Corp, Aspen, 32 jobs retained

Lassiter Electric Inc., Basalt, 42 jobs retained

Lead Resort Management LLC, Aspen

Matsuhisa Aspen LLC, Aspen

Mountain Temp Service LLC, Aspen

Music Associates of Aspen Inc., Aspen

Myers and Co. Architectural Metals, Basalt, 68 jobs retained

Paragon Systems Integration LLC, Aspen

Pitkin County Dry Goods Co, Aspen

Powder Keg Inc., Aspen, 48 jobs retained.

Proguard Protection Service Inc., Basalt, 31 jobs retained

Reese Henry and Co., Aspen

Roaring Fork Valley Cooperative Association, Carbondale, 33 jobs retained

Rowland Broughton Architecture and Urban Design Inc., Aspen, 39 jobs retained

Rudd Associates Construction Inc., Basalt

S&L Travel Partners Inc., Aspen, 51 jobs retained

S2M Construction Co Inc., GWS, 40 jobs retained

Sopris Engineering LLC, Carbondale, 29 jobs retained

Sport Obermeyer Ltd, Aspen, 51 jobs retained

Stutsman-Gerbaz Inc., Snowmass

SV Snowmass Hospitality LLC, Snowmass Village, 35 jobs retained

The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, 42 jobs retained

The Aspen Country Day School Inc., Aspen, 60 jobs retained

The Romero Group LLC, Basalt, 70 jobs retained

Umbrella Roofing Inc., Basalt, 58 jobs retained

Valley Acquisition Co. LLC, Basalt, 37 jobs retained

Young Services LLC, GWS, 47 jobs retained

•$150,000 to $350,000

Ajax Holdings LLC, Aspen

Ajax Pool and Spa Inc., Basalt, 19 jobs retained

Ajax Roofing Co, Basalt

All Kids Dental Pediatrics and Orthodontics, GWS, 38 jobs retained

All Valley Maintenance, Basalt, 13 jobs retained

Allergy Asthma and Immunology of the Rockies PC, GWS, 11 jobs retained

Alpine Moving and Storage Inc., Aspen, 22 jobs retained

Alpine Property Management Inc., Snowmass Village

Amatis Controls LLC, Aspen, 12 jobs retained

American Seminar Institute Inc., Carbondale

Antoinette Paris LLC, Aspen

Argos Capital Management Inc., Aspen, 7 jobs retained

Aspen Branch Inc., Aspen, 8 jobs retained

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Aspen

Aspen Community Foundation, Basalt

Aspen Glow Holiday Works, Carbondale

Aspen Hope Center, Basalt

Aspen Medical Care PC, Aspen

Aspen Snowmass LLC, Snowmass Village, 19 jobs retained

Aspen Tile and Bath Gallery Inc., Aspen, 15 jobs retained

Austin Group Holdings LLC, Aspen, 30 jobs retained

B Willson Enterprises Inc., Woody Creek

Bald Mountain LLC, Aspen, 13 jobs retained

Basalt Bike & Ski Inc., Carbondale

Batch&Ramp; Abbratch LLC, Aspen, 22 jobs retained

Belly Up Aspen LLC, Aspen, 71 jobs retained

Bethel Party Rentals Inc., GWS

Big Stone Publishing Ltd, Carbondale

Bishop Plumbing and Heating Inc., GWS, 20 jobs retained

Bison Adventures LLC, Snowmass Village

Blue Lake Preschool Inc., Carbondale

Bluegreen Inc., Aspen

Brigitte Inc., Aspen, 40 jobs retained

Cali Corp., Basalt, 17 jobs retained

Carbondale Car Care, Carbondale

Carbondale Dental Center PC, Carbondale, 15 jobs retained

Challenge Aspen, Snowmass Village, 9 jobs retained

Cleaner Express Ltd, Aspen, 22 jobs retained

CMZ LLC, Snowmass Village

Colorado Adventure Center Inc., GWS, 85 jobs retained

Columbia Builders Inc., GWS

Colwest Roofing and Waterproofing Co. Inc., Carbondale, 10 jobs retained

Compass Peak Imaging LLC, GWS. 7 jobs retained

Crawford Design Build LLC, Carbondale

Crawford Properties LLC, El Jebel

Crystal River Spas Inc., Carbondale

CSCP Operators LLC, Aspen

CSZDVM, Carbondale, 21 jobs retained

Daly Property Services Inc., Basalt

DB Bistro LLC, Aspen

Distinguished Boards and Beams, Carbondale

Double Diamond Moving and Storage, Carbondale

Down to Earth Landscapes and Construction, Carbondale, 26 jobs retained

Durgin Electric LLC, Carbondale, 21 jobs retained

Eagle Crest Nursery LLC, El Jebel, 19 jobs retained

Early Learning Center, Aspen

Earth-wise Horticultural Inc., GWS, 17 jobs retained

Ecos Environmental and Disaster Restoration Inc., GWS, 16 jobs retained

Eigelberger LLC, Basalt, 11 jobs retained

El Korita Inc, Basalt

Electrical Outfitters Inc., GWS, 20 jobs retained

Elk Mountain Hospitality Inc., Aspen

Elk Mountain Ventures Inc., Basalt

Eric Willsky MD Medical Corp., Aspen

Excavation Services Inc., Carbondale, 27 jobs retained

Fast Encoding Inc., Aspen, 9 jobs retained

Flame Out Fire Protection Inc., Basalt

Forum Phi Architecture LLC, Aspen, 18 jobs retained

Frying Pan Anglers Inc., Basalt

Garfield Youth Services, GWS

Glenwood Anesthesia Professionals PC, GWS

Glenwood Auto Parts Inc., GWS, 25 jobs retained

Glenwood Springs Dental Partners, GWS

Glenwood Springs Lodging, LLC, GWS, 44 jobs retained

Global Work Resources LLC, Basalt, 69 jobs retained

Good Earth Landscaping & Maintenance LLC, Carbondale, 25 jobs retained

Grand River Construction Co, GWS

Great Western Painting Inc., Carbondale, 20 jobs retained

Groundskeepers of Aspen Inc., Aspen

GZO Sheet Metal and Roofing Inc., Aspen

Haymax Hotels LLC, Aspen, 14 jobs retained

Henry & Mike LLC, GWS, 20 jobs retained

Hickory House of Aspen, Aspen, 25 jobs retained

High Country Engineering Inc., GWS, 15 jobs retained

High Tone Auto Body Inc., Basalt

High-Con Inc., Basalt

Highlands Pizza Co. LLC, Aspen

Historic Redstone Inn, Redstone

Holmes Excavation and Concrete Inc., Carbondale

Home Team BBQ of Aspen LLC, Aspen

Hospice of the Valley Inc., GWS

I Matti Ristorante Inc., Aspen, 175 jobs retained

Incline Management LLC, Aspen

Integra Motorsports LLC, GWS, 16 jobs retained

Integrated Mountain Maintenance Inc., GWS

Ivy League Camps LLC, Aspen, 25 jobs retained

Janckila Construction Inc., Carbondale, 15 jobs retained

John L. Frey, Aspen, 8 jobs retained

Joonas Group LLC, Aspen

K and W Concrete Inc., Basalt

Kalos Aspen LLC, Aspen, 10 jobs retained

Keelty Construction Inc., Basalt

Kelly Klee Inc., Aspen, 9 jobs retained

La Creperie Du Village LLC, Aspen, 30 jobs retained

Liquidated LLC, Snowmass Village

Lunamezza Ltd LLC, Aspen

M.T.G. Inc., Aspen

Maru LLC, Aspen

Mauldin Plumbing and Heating Inc., GWS, 18 jobs retained

Mid Valley Auto Body LLC, GWS, 10 jobs retained

Midvalley Family Practice PC, Basalt

Mighty Mouse Management, Snowmass Village

Mitchell and Co LLC, Carbondale

Mountain Chalet Enterprises Inc., Aspen, 36 jobs retained

Mountain Chevrolet LLC, GWS, 29 jobs retained

Mr. Vac Air Duct and Carpet Cleaning Inc., GWS, 17 jobs retained

Murry Dental Group LLC, GWS

New Creation Church of Glenwood, GWS, 52 jobs retained

North of Nell Condominium Association, Aspen

O2 Aspen 2 LLC, Aspen

Oates, Knezevich, Gardenswartz, Kelly and Morrow PC, Aspen

Offroad Design Inc., Carbondale, 18 jobs retained

Onion LLC, Basalt, 22 jobs retained

Orthopaedic Associates of Aspen and Glenwood Springs PC, Basalt, 19 jobs retained

Osmia Organics LLC, Carbondale, 20 jobs retained

Pacific Food and Beverage Co., Aspen, 30 jobs retained

Paramount Professional Services LLC, GWS, 16 jobs retained

Peter J Martin Insurance LLC, Carbondale, 11 jobs retained

Pine Mountain Electric Inc., GWS

Pinions LLC, Aspen, 35 jobs retained

Pinnacle Water Inc., Carbondale

Premier Party Rental LLC, Carbondale, 45 jobs retained

Recon Protection LLC, Aspen, 11 jobs retained

River Restoration LLC, Carbondale

River Valley Ranch Master Association, Carbondale, 16 jobs retained

Roaring Fork Resources LLC, Basalt

Roberts and Co. Inc., Carbondale, 10 jobs retained

Rocky Mountain Gutters and Maintenance Inc., GWS, 18 jobs retained

Rygr LLC, Carbondale, 11 jobs retained

Sagome Inc., Aspen

Savage Excavation LLC, Carbondale, 17 jobs retained

Schlumberger Scherer Construction, Aspen

Silver News LLC, Aspen, 16 jobs retained

SLL Ltd, Snowmass Village

Smoke Modern Barbecue LLC, GWS, 35 jobs retained

Sopris Home Care LLC, GWS

Southside Commercial Enterprises LLC, Basalt

St. Stephen Catholic Church, GWS, 47 jobs retained

Stone Age LLC, GWS, 13 jobs retained

Stonebridge Condominium Association, Snowmass Village

Structural Associates Co. GWS, 19 jobs retained

Studio B Architects, Aspen, 11 jobs retained

Suarez Masonry LLC, GWS

Su Casa Inc., Aspen, 50 jobs retained

Sunlight Inc., GWS, 44 jobs retained

Sunsense Inc., Carbondale

Tatanka Provisions Co LLC, Aspen, 15 jobs retained

Ted Hess and Associates LLC, GWS, 12 jobs retained

Tequilas III Inc., GWS

Terrapin Las Colinas LLC, Aspen, 24 jobs retained

Terrapin Management Corp., Aspen, 14 jobs retained

The Aspen Digger Inc., Carbondale

The Buddy Program, Aspen

The Hert Four Inc., GWS, 36 jobs retained

The Pepperoni Pizza Kitchen, Carbondale, 42 jobs retained

The Pullman LLC, Carbondale

The Runaway Shovel Inc., Woody Creek

Theatre Aspen, Aspen, 25 jobs retained

Timberline Condominiums Association Inc., Snowmass Village

TJ Concrete Construction Inc., Carbondale

Tom and Ellen Marshall Enterprises Inc., Basalt, 26 jobs retained

Tracker Software Corp, Snowmass Village

UBCI Inc., Carbondale, 18 jobs retained

Ute Mountaineer Ltd, Aspen

Valley Settlement, Carbondale

Village Smithy Restaurant Inc., Carbondale

Vivala Inc., Aspen

Western Hospitality Group Ltd, GWS

Woody Creek Distillers, Basalt, 17 jobs retained

Your Parts Haus Corp., Carbondale, 29 jobs retained

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