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Garfield County Commissioners

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

At a meeting this week, Garfield County Commissioners agreed to continue funding ongoing work to improve the health of Cattle Creek.

Valley Roundup for Oct. 24, 2016

Oct 21, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

One week left in June primary

Jun 20, 2016
Elise Thatcher

  There’s one week to go in Colorado’s statewide primary. In the Roaring Fork Valley area, voters are largely choosing between congressional candidates and county commissioners.

Elise Thatcher

  Fracking can produce air pollution, but many more emissions likely happen during the next stage at a natural gas well.

Elise Thatcher

Carbondale resident Ashley Johnson aims to raise more money for Planned Parenthood. She helped rally more than $25,000 last fall, after Garfield County Commissioners cut funding for the organization.

Elise Thatcher

  Garfield County is once again lobbying state leaders to improve health insurance options in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Valley Roundup 1-8-16

Jan 8, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Traffic congestion is a problem near the El Jebel area and one developer thinks changing the timing of the signals will make a difference.

CDOT seeks ways to improve traffic flow in El Jebel-Basalt corridor

And how much can the communities in Garfield County rely on oil and gas business?  

Garfield County

Garfield County Commissioners have chosen to hire Kevin Batchelder as County Manager. Batchelder has been Acting County Manager for several months. Commissioners said Monday his expertise with budget matters was a big selling point.

Elise Thatcher

Elected officials approved oil and gas drilling in Battlement Mesa on Thursday. Garfield County Commissioners unanimously ok’ed certain permits, though with nearly thirty conditions.

Elise Thatcher

  Garfield County Commissioners are considering whether to allow a permits for a drilling proposal in Battlement Mesa. Commissioners have gotten hours of public testimony this week, and are taking another look on Thursday.

Elise Thatcher

  Garfield County Commissioners will soon take up a controversial drilling proposal in the Parachute area. Many residents in Battlement Mesa are worried about the effects of possibly more than fifty wells within the housing development.

Elise Thatcher

  More than $25,000 has been raised for Planned Parenthood in Glenwood Springs, after a whirlwind local fundraising campaign. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, the money was presented to the nonprofit on Monday morning.

Elise Thatcher

Hundreds of area residents attended a health insurance forum in Basalt on Thursday night. The last-minute event was coordinated by the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, after thousands of locals found out this fall that their coverage will end in January. State Senator Kerry Donovan, the state’s health exchange, and the Colorado Division of Insurance participated.

 

Planned Parenthood to serve more patients in 2016

Nov 8, 2015
Elise Thatcher

  Planned Parenthood in Glenwood Springs says it will be able to offer more doctor’s appointments because of spontaneous fundraising in the Roaring Fork Valley. As of Sunday night, close to $18,000 had been raised.

Air quality in GarCo improves

Oct 20, 2015

Residents in Garfield County can breathe easier now that a recently released study shows air quality is improving. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

Garfield County commissioners yesterday received results from a human health risk assessment of air quality. It shows a decreasing potential for cancer risk over the years 2008 to 2012.

 

That’s when data was collected by the state department of health at different air monitoring sites throughout the county, which is heavily active with oil and gas drilling.

Elise Thatcher

  Two Garfield County groups are calling on Governor John Hickenlooper, after reviewing draft oil and gas rules. The proposed regulations are supposed to address major concerns, like how much drilling to allow near homes and schools.

Mountain Edition - September 24th, 2015

Sep 24, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition. Angry businesses have settled out of court over a large-scale power outage.

Garfield County officials are cheering a wildlife decision by the federal government.

Snowmass Village puts off another decision about Base Village.

A controversial mid valley marijuana facility has a chance to keep growing.

Garfield County

Garfield County Commissioners are willing to take legal action to prevent oil and gas trucks from using a popular road near Glenwood Springs. Commissioners and other officials are reacting to news there may be drilling on the controversial Thompson Divide. At Monday’s meeting, the GarCo leaders said the County will try to convince the Forest Service to bar drilling companies from using Four Mile Road, which leads to Sunlight Mountain Resort.

GarCo Coroner to get first full time employee

Jul 23, 2015
Elise Thatcher

  The coroner’s office is getting its first full time position. The office now is a hodgepodge. The coroner and his employees are all part time. That can make handling a multitude of tasks difficult. Commissioners have approved paying for a full time deputy coroner.

UPDATED: New GarCo Manager already in place

Jul 2, 2015
Elise Thatcher

Garfield County's Manager is out, and there’s already a replacement. Deputy County Manager Kevin Batchelder has taken the reins. Drew Gorgey says he doesn’t know what he’s doing next, aside from continuing some side projects. On Wednesday morning, he and Garfield County Commissioners formalized what’s being called “mutual separate agreement,” and Gorgey was officially finished as of 5pm Wednesday evening.

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