The GSCRA has joined the coalition of businesses, chambers of commerce, not-profit organizations and labor unions that makes up Coloradans for Responsible Reform (CFRR). CFRR is currently educating voters that in 2014, Colorado is facing another serious threat to the state's economy. Nineteen ballot measures have been filed that attempt to ban oil and gas drilling in Colorado's five major energy-producing counties... even going so far as to try ban any business from operating within a community. The proposed measures all fall under one of three forms. Learn more at www.cfrr.com.
2,000-foot Oil and Gas setback requirement
Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning a statewide setback requirement for new oil and gas wells, and, in connection therewith, changing existing setback requirements to require any new oil or gas well to be located at least 2,000 feet from the nearest occupied structure; and authorizing a landowner to waive the setback requirement for any structure located on the owner's property?
Current Colorado regulations require oil and gas wells to be 500 feet from a home or occupied building. Outdoor activity areas, like playgrounds, must be at least 350 feet away. For schools, health-care institutions and other high-occupancy buildings, the wells must be at least 1,000 feet away. These requirements can be waived by the surface or building owner. If 88 passes, the only thing that will change is the length of the required setback. The option to waive the requirement will still be there.
According to a 2012 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the oil-and-gas industry in Colorado generated around $8.9 billion; opponents argue that this initiative would hamper production. Another possible problem is how the proposed setbacks might make it harder for mineral owners to develop the oil-and-gas resources on their property. In Colorado, surface land and underlying oil-and-gas resources can be owned by two different parties. If the surface owner doesn't waive the requirement, a mineral owner might take the matter to court.
Health concerns associated with contaminated drinking wells are a driving force for this initiative. Supporters of 88 say that expanding the setback helps respond to health and safety concerns that come with rapidly growing production. But protecting property values is also an upside: Drilling increases traffic and noise, and drill sites aren't exactly picturesque.
Local Government Regulation of Environment
Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning a public right to Colorado's environment, and, in connection therewith, declaring that Colorado's environment is the common property of all Coloradans; specifying that the environment includes clean air, pure water, and natural and scenic values and that state and local governments are trustees of this resource; requiring state and local governments to conserve the environment; and declaring that if state or local laws conflict the more restrictive law or regulation governs?
The goal of 89 is similar to that of Initiative 75: to give local communities the power to create their own laws regarding entities that operate within their borders. The difference is that 75 has language that focuses on giving communities the power to enact laws dealing with health, safety and well-being; 89 is specifically about protecting the environment, for the well-being of all Coloradans.
The proposal would add these words to the Colorado Constitution: "The people of the state of Colorado find and declare that Colorado's environment is the common property of all Coloradans." The initiative goes on to say that state and local governments shall conserve the clean air, pure water, and natural and scenic values for the benefit of all. The most controversial section is the third: "To facilitate the conservation of Colorado's environment, local governments have the power to enact laws, regulations, ordinances, and charter provisions that are more restrictive and protective of the environment than laws or regulations enacted or adopted by the state government." If there is conflict between state and local regulation, 89 proposes that the more protective regulation would govern.
Complimentary Barbecue Lunch to be Served at Glenwood Springs Alpine Bank
Alpine Bank Glenwood Springs, at 2200 Grand Avenue, will be grilling and serving a free lunch for its customers from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 1. Regional president Jay Rickstrew and branch president Bill Sanderson, along with local bank officers, will be barbecuing natural grass-fed beef hamburgers and hot dogs from local supplier Crystal River Meats. The 19th Street Diner will provide side dishes.
Alpine Bank has been voted Locals’ Choice Best Bank winner by the readers of the Post Independent since the awards began in 1999. “Customer Appreciation Day is a small way to say thanks and spoil our customers a little bit, and we’re hoping for a big turnout,” says Sanderson. “We look forward to hosting this event all year long. Come hungry.”
Glenwood Springs, Colo., has been named a Top 10 Small Town, 2014 by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America’s small to mid-sized cities.
For this list of cities, editors analyzed more data on micropolitan areas than ever before. Using metrics from Esri, they started by looking at cities with populations under 20,000, then dug into statistics like cost of living, health-care spending, racial and socioeconomic diversity, adult obesity, crime, civic engagement, air quality and natural amenities, just to name a few of the 41 data points. After narrowing down the list, editors conducted a visual assessment of the cities and found out what visitors had to say about them and what residents liked about living there.
“Throughout the U.S., we’re seeing a resurgence of emphasis on downtowns in cities of all sizes,” says Livability.com Editor Matt Carmichael. “It’s nice to see in the big cities, certainly, but it’s especially great to see these smaller towns not just holding their own, but also thriving.”
Glenwood Springs has evolved into a peaceful, family-friendly city known for its assortment of outdoor activities and walking trails. Residents enjoy a healthy lifestyle, temperate climate, good schools, great medical facilities and a vibrant cultural scene. Boutique shops, restaurants and bookstores line downtown, an area praised by preservationists. The historic Train Depot remains an important link to this town's past and future as it brings in thousands of visitors each year.
Top 10 Small Towns, 2014
1. Los Alamos, NM
2. Northfield, MN
3. Lebanon, NH
4. Hood River, OR
5. Port Angeles, WA
6. Glenwood Springs, CO
7. Spearfish, SD
8. Heber City, UT
9. Traverse City, MI
10. Hailey, ID
There will be a memorial event to recognize the sacrifice made twenty years ago by the 14 young firefighters from the Prineville Hotshots, the Missoula Smokejumpers, and the McCall Smokejumpers. The events are being hosted by The South Canyon Fire Commemorative Committee, the City of Glenwood Springs, and firefighters and fire departments from a wide area. We are hosting approximately 170 plus family members. The event culminates on Sunday, July 6, 2014, the twentieth anniversary of the loss of these most brave and dedicated souls.
The schedule for Sunday begins with a Press conference at Glenwood Middle School at 2:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. Procession of Fire Engines from the Mall to Two Rivers Park
5:00 p.m. Commemorative event to honor the fallen firefighters and their families begins at Two Rivers Park
This will be a Fourth of July of a somber reaffirmation as a community to the families of the fallen, and to all firefighters everywhere that WE SHALL NEVER FORGET!
The community is urged to attend the Memorial at Two Rivers Park on Sunday, July 6.
Musicians, singing cowboys, notorious gunslingers, blacksmiths and a roving scientist offer guests the chance to laugh, sing, relax and maybe even learn something between rides and cave tours, and it’s all included in the price of admission.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (July 2, 2014) — There’s a lot more toe tapping and knee slapping going on at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park this year. That’s because the mountain-top theme park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, has added live music to its schedule every day this summer, along with more entertainers to keep guests smiling during their visits to the park.
“Our guest experience is about more than the rides and the cave tours, we’re hoping to entertain at every turn,” said Bob Stepniewski, the retail and restaurant manager for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park who is also responsible for coordinating all of the performances. “There are a lot of things to do here at the park. Sometimes it’s nice to just kick back and enjoy the show for a while. This is definitely added value for our customers since it is all included at no extra cost.”
A little ways up the Iron Mountain Trail, which leads to the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster and the Glenwood Canyon Flyer, there’s a new Cowboy Camp where guests can take a seat and enjoy some country and Western music. The schedule will rotate with one of three cowboys singing and playing from noon to 4 p.m. daily. Jim Hawkins is a local singer, songwriter and lover of history who draws from his experience to tell stories of the new and the Old West. Craig Curry has been performing live music since the 1960s; his shows reflect growing up listening to legends such as Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, Sons of the Pioneers and Marty Robbins. Caleb Dean Whittington, a former member of the Eagle River Band who also performed with two-time Grammy nominee Rick Devin, is a real crowd-pleaser for country music fans.
In the plaza area just outside the General Store, the Harmony Sisters will make guests laugh, dance and sing with their funny and engaging musical shows on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The duo, which consists of sisters Susan Anderson and Barb Cyr, performs at the Burlingame Cabin family dinner shows in Snowmass in the winter. This summer, they’re entertaining visitors to the park by sharing their love of music and laughter, and sometimes convincing audience members to join in the fun.
Back by popular demand, Doc Holliday and Kid Curry reenactors are patrolling the plaza, stirring up trouble and posing for photos most weekends. New this year, our own Bob Koper will be roaming the park as the Roving Rock Ranger, sharing his knowledge of geology and park trivia, mixed in with science tricks and optical illusions, on Fridays and Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m. Koper was hired as a manager and cave tour guide in 1999 — owners Steve and Jeanne Beckley’s first employee — after retiring from 30 years of teaching science at Rifle High School.
In addition, visitors will soon be able to watch a blacksmith make sparks at a working coal-fired forge and anvil Blacksmith Shop located just across from the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride. All of this entertainment is included with the price of admission to the park.
More information about the park, including hours of operation and a list of which attractions are open, can be found at GlenwoodCaverns.com, Facebook.com/GlenwoodCaverns or by calling 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228, ext. 0.
DENVER - Monday, June 23, 2014 - Connect2DOT announced today that it is offering a Bid Matching Service (BMS) to inform businesses and contractors about CDOT highway construction project opportunities that match the type of work they perform. The new service will help businesses save time in finding RFPs that relate to their needs.
The BMS makes it easier for businesses to find relevant CDOT opportunities by sending a notification of construction projects when bid items match the company's NAICS code. Businesses can register online and select the NAICS codes that interest them. Businesses will start receiving emails each week with a list of newly advertised CDOT projects that match their offerings. This will also help businesses narrow down their search and focus on project opportunities that are right for them.
To sign-up, visit http://www.connect2dot.org/website/bid-match-signup.
Connect2DOT is a program of the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network, an affiliate of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The program is made possible by a grant from CDOT and is designed to help small businesses in the transportation industry become more competitive and successful in bidding and contracting with CDOT and other local transportation agencies.
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association was named 2013 Chamber of the Year by ACCE!