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180 years of love: Three Rifle family couples celebrate their 60th anniversaries

April 20, 2018 — Love isn't something that you say, it's something that you do. That's the feeling of Kay (Johnson) and Richard (Dick) Morgan of Rifle who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this year. Kay's sister, Carla (Johnson) Bernklau and Paul Bernklau married just six short days

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The seasonality of real estate

April 19, 2018 — I was recently talking to some friends who run a business in the ski industry about how the below average snowfall this winter has impacted their business and I suddenly had an epiphany: All businesses have seasonal challenges to overcome. When studying historic real estate

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Recount hands Silt mayor’s seat to Richel by 1 vote

April 16, 2018 — Keith Richel is the new mayor of Silt, following a Monday recount of the April 3 returns after canvassed results turned up some discrepancies last week. A close race between Richel and Jay Barner in the three-way race for mayor ended up turning in favor

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Aspen-to-Parachute housing survey now available online

April 16, 2018 — A Garfield County and Roaring Fork Valley regional housing needs assessment survey is now available to the general public online, at: http://www.regionalhousingsurvey.org/open Earlier this month, 6,000 randomly selected households throughout the study area from Aspen to Parachute received mailed surveys. The Garfield County Housing Authority is teaming

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Silt completes final phase of Stoney Ridge skate park

April 13, 2018 — After years of careful planning, Silt welcomed its newest attraction for some of its younger residents as the town opened Stoney Ridge Skate Park last week. "We wanted to provide a safe environment for youth," Town Administrator Pamela Woods said. "We are always looking at

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Cohousing community to hold informational meetings

April 13, 2018 — Nancy Thal has firsthand experience with the benefits of cohousing. As a single mother, Thal lived in a San Francisco cohousing community while completing her education. The community provided support she needed during that phase of life. Thal is now working to introduce cohousing in

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Copeland election in New Castle stands; Silt to do recount of its results

April 13, 2018 — The town of Silt will conduct a recount from the April 3 town council and mayoral elections, after just a single vote separated two of the three mayoral candidates and an error was discovered in tallying results in the trustee race. Meanwhile, the neighboring Garfield

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Fire Fighters Association endorses three Colorado River Fire Rescue board candidates

April 12, 2018 — The Colorado River Firefighters Association held a community event in Silt on Wednesday night for residents of middle Garfield County's fire district to meet some of the candidates running in the area fire board election next month. Though not all of the candidates were able

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CMC Rifle to celebrate arts with Creative Explo

April 12, 2018 — Colorado Mountain College Rifle is launching efforts to celebrate the arts — in all forms. Building on the campus' popular annual art shows, at the Pearl & Wood concert on campus Friday night the college announced how next year it will bring together CMC students

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Meet the candidates for middle Garfield County fire board

April 10, 2018 — With fire board elections set for May 8, Colorado River Fire Protection District candidates are being invited to introduce themselves and take questions from voters at a series of meet-and-greet events this week. The second of two such events is scheduled to take place from

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Garfield County honors Humanitarian Service Awards recipients

April 10, 2018 — Garfield County Humanitarian Service Award recipients for 2018 were recognized Monday night at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. This year's recipients are Miguel Gonzalez, Inspiring Youth; Marcie Wenzel, Immeasurable Energy Award; Tom Ice, The Heart of the Operation Award; and Celeste Barnett, Contagious Passion Award.

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Darrell Lee Sorensen (January 6, 1951 — March 22, 2018)

April 9, 2018 — Darrell Lee Sorensen passed away March 22, 2018, at the age of 67. He was taken quickly after a diagnosis of cancer. Darrell was born January 6, 1951, in Gilman, Colorado. He was one of eight children born to Sam and Ila Mae (Miller) Sorensen.

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Garfield County fire officials getting ahead of wildfire preparedness

April 9, 2018 — Extremely low snowpack in the high country this spring has area fire districts thinking wildfire season preparedness a lot sooner than usual. Then again, it's never too soon to plan ahead for the inevitable hot, dry summer months to come, says Glenwood Springs Fire Chief

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Survey launches regional housing needs assessment

April 4, 2018 — Select households throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and Garfield County will be receiving mailed surveys this week as part of a broader regional housing needs assessment that is now underway. The Garfield County Housing Authority is teaming with participating municipalities and counties from Aspen to

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Coal Ridge bags three Daniels Scholars

April 4, 2018 — Sometimes, it's easy to overlook the mail. Changing technology has divided attention between email, text messaging, social media accounts and the good old United States Post Office box. Coal Ridge High School students Zach Barry, Claudia Buchholz and Santana Martinez, however, have been anxiously awaiting

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Garfield County seniors benefit from home energy improvements

April 4, 2018 — When winter winds blow and temperatures drop, seniors living in drafty homes feel the chill and pay the bills for the season's high utility costs. However, the county's CARE program helps income-qualified seniors beat the cold with free or discounted home energy efficiency upgrades such

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Silt results show tight mayoral election

April 3, 2018 — With ballots counted and unofficial result reported, Silt's most contested race in years came in with a two-vote margin for apparent new mayor Jay Barner. Barner had 187 votes in the three-way race to replace Rick Aluise, who is stepping down after one term. Barner

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Colorado River Fire crews knock down Peach Valley blaze

April 2, 2018 — Colorado River Fire Rescue responded to an out-of-control burn around midday Monday in the Peach Valley area, bringing the blaze under control and keeping it from spreading to nearby homes and into BLM land. The fire was reported about 11:18 a.m. in the Slaughter Gulch

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Field Day for Basalt to Parachute disabled students

April 1, 2018 — After consecutive successful track and field days for western Garfield County students with disabilities, the annual Encourage-Nurture-Challenge Field Day will expand times three in 2018. All three of Garfield County's school districts will be participating in the fun this year. Around 50 Garfield Re-2 elementary,

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Hunting access on the Roan north of Rifle to be restricted

March 30, 2018 — Upon learning that popular hunting grounds for many locals may soon be fenced off by new property owners, Rifle resident Robert Winn started up the Roan Area Access Project. In a matter of weeks, he has received hundreds of responses from hunters around the country

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