A grand opening of the new Trillium compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at the Shell West Mart in West Glenwood Springs is set for 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 6.
Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony, witness the ceremonial first fill from the new CNG fuel pump, and kick the tires on CNG trucks in service locally.
“Opening this station means that Glenwood Springs area fleets and drivers can now use Colorado-produced natural gas for light-duty and medium-duty trucks,” said Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky.
“Natural gas is important for Garfield County, and using it for transportation is good for our local economy,” Jankovsky added.
The CNG station was installed by Trillium CNG, which built and operates 100 CNG fueling stations across the country. Trillium also installed the CNG fueling facility at RFTA’s Glenwood Maintenance Facility for its fleet of 24 CNG buses and two new Traveler vans.
Grant awards from the Colorado Energy Office, Garfield County and the City of Glenwood Springs covered about half the cost of the $1.2 million project.
The Shell station at 23 Mel Ray Road is owned by Western Petroleum of Glenwood Springs.
The CNG station grand opening is hosted by Garfield Clean Energy, Western Slope CNG Network, Garfield County, City of Glenwood Springs, Colorado Energy Office, Refuel Colorado Fleets, CLEER, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Berthod Motors, Western Petroleum and Trillium CNG.
At their October 13 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association unanimously supported the Roaring Fork School District RE-1 Ballot Issue 3B.
The board deliberated the $122 million initiative for over an hour. While in full support of the infrastructure needs across the district and especially in Glenwood Springs, the board was not sure of the viability of the affordable housing component of the tax. Affordable housing is a complex issue, and the board feels the chamber and business community need a seat at the table in order to explore that further. The Gallacher amendment and its negative effect on businesses owning or renting commercial property was also discussed at length. (Because of the Gallacher amendment, commercial property owners pay the lion's share of any property tax so the impact on them is greater than on the individual homeowners.)
However, ultimately the board decided to pledge their support for the issue because good schools train the workforce of tomorrow; good schools improve the community's quality of life; good schools attract new residents and good schools are important to our children and their future. The loss of the $9M grant if the bond was not passed was also pertinent to their decision.
Also, in the case of this bond issue, the land swap between the City of Glenwood Springs and the school district that was recently approved by voters also contributed to their support. The land swap provides an opportunity for redevelopment of the confluence area, which the board views as positive economic development in the community.
Member Orientation is Tomorrow
Registration Closes at 4p.m. Today!
Make the most of your membership investment by attending our Membership Orientation. A quarterly program of the chamber, staff and key volunteers will review the features and benefits of membership!
Learn how to get involved -- networking opportunities, volunteer opportunities, sponsorship and advertising opportunities, committees, events, etc.
All chamber members are invited!
A light breakfast/coffee/juice will be available.
RSVP: No later than Friday, October 23rd
DECA Invitational is Monday, October 5th
Please volunteer if you are interested in giving back to students from across the state.
The Glenwood DECA Invitational is an event that has been put on by the DECA program at GSHS since 1983. This event brings hundreds of students from across the state to the beautiful city of Glenwood Springs each October. As you may know, Bryan Whiting retired from teaching last year after nearly 40 years in education. Thus, the torch for such a program had to be passed on.
My name is Taylor Parsons and I am the new DECA Teacher at Glenwood Springs High School. As an alumnus of GSHS and the DECA program, I realize the importance of the Glenwood DECA Invitational as it pertains to students and our community. I intend to carry on the great tradition that is the Glenwood Springs High School DECA program. Given your past involvement with this worthwhile endeavor, I am hoping you can join me to make this year’s invitational the best yet.
The invitational this year will be held on October 4th and 5th, which is the firstSunday and Monday of the month. We need judges for the competition on Monday October 5th, and hope you can join us. I realize we are asking you to take time out of your business day, but I wouldn’t ask this of you if this event were not of such vital importance to our high school, DECA program, and community. Please consider donating your time for this critical opportunity to encourage students to better themselves and establish a foundation for their future career.
Attached to this email is the judge’s confirmation form. Please email the form back to me with your availability to judge this year so I can mark you off my list. Finally, I would appreciate it if you mentioned this to friends and co-workers who may be interested even if they have never judged before.
I look forward to meeting you in person this October.
Glenwood Springs High School
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association was named 2013 Chamber of the Year by ACCE!