Garfield County

Elise Thatcher

  Garfield County is tightening its belt. With oil and gas revenues projected to drop significantly in 2017, the normally wealthy County is preparing for lean times.

Valley Roundup 12-25-15

Dec 25, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is offering $10,000 signing bonuses for new hires.

And a citizen-based planning commission in Eagle County is recommending denial of a residential project near El Jebel.  

But in Snowmass, a massive Base Village plan has been approved - after 16 years of back and forth.

There’s a new county manager in Garfield County.

Valley Roundup Nov. 27, 2015

Nov 27, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Homeowners in Battlement Mesa are stuck with oil and gas drilling in their backyards, and they say the potential for that activity was not disclosed to them when they bought their properties more than two decades ago.

Garfield County is buying the old Glenwood Springs Library to turn it into a senior citizen center, which is a needed service for the community.

Speeding fines double on Highway 82

Nov 16, 2015

  Local law enforcement agencies and CDOT have joined together in an attempt to reduce the number of wildlife collisions on Highway 82. Reporter Elise Thatcher has more.

Drivers who speed at night between mile markers 31 and 38 will now be fined double the normal amount. Wildlife officials want travelers to have more reaction time. The higher fines apply between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.

 

 

Polls in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties closed about 30 minutes ago. Now it’s up to the clerks to tally up the votes, with final results expected between 10:30 and midnight.

Pitkin County Clerk Janice Vos Caudill  reports that as of 6 p.m., just over 5,100 ballots were received, and 360 individualls voted in person at the Aspen Jewish Community Center, totaling 455 in-person voters.

Valley Roundup 10-30-15

Oct 30, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Aspen Times columnist Andy Stone, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun.

 

Residents in Battlement Mesa are putting up a fight against an oil and gas company wanting to drill near their homes.

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By the year 2040, nearly 8 million people will call Colorado home. A new set of data shows the state’s population will grow by 40 percent. 

Rocky Mountain PBS and I-News examined numbers from the Census Bureau and state demographer. They released the data last week.

It shows Garfield County’s population will surpass 100,000 people sometime between 2035 and 2040. The latest population count shows 57,302 people live in the county. Most of the Western Slope, led by Garfield County, will experience strong growth between now and 2040.

Garfield County Commercial Investments, LLC.

  The old Sopris Restaurant south of Glenwood Springs could be replaced by businesses instead of houses. Most recently home to Dos Hermanos, the empty restaurant sits south of the intersection of Spring Valley Road and Highway 82, on land that’s been zoned for homes.

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A Garfield County elected official is cheering Tuesday's (9/22) federal decision to keep the greater sage grouse off the endangered species list. 

Garfield County has 220,000 acres of greater sage grouse habitat. About half is on private land owned mostly by mineral companies and large ranches. Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky led the charge on this issue. His opinion reflects the board’s feelings. He says had the bird been listed, landowners would have faced onerous federal regulations.

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The field of candidates to fill a vacant judge post that serves the Roaring Fork Valley, has been narrowed down. 

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