According to his communications director, Sen. Cory Gardner will visit the Rifle airport next Tuesday to learn about cutting edge fire fighting technologies.
The Rifle airport is home to a state program that specializes in aerial fire firefighting; it conducts research on nighttime firefighting and the use of drones.
Garfield County Commissioner John Martin said Gardner’s office reached out to initiate plans for the visit, which will also include a meeting with commissioners. Gardner’s visit marks the beginning of Congress’ April recess, which lasts two weeks.
On April 21, Gardner will be the guest speaker at a fundraiser for the Garfield County Republicans in Glenwood Springs.
During February’s congressional recess, Gardner became the focus of national media attention for not attending town hall meetings he was invited to throughout the state, although he did hold telephone town halls.
It is not clear if the senator will hold any town halls while in the area.