Briefs: Silich construction goes all in on EVs, Rally the Valley to end

Silich Construction has announced plans to convert their commercial car fleet to all-electric by Q4 2024, buying a Ford F150 Lightning and the Mustang Mach-E GT from Glenwood Springs Ford.
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Building firm goes all in with EVs

Silich Construction has announced plans to convert their commercial car fleet to all-electric by Q4 2024, buying a Ford F150 Lightning and the Mustang Mach-E GT from Glenwood Springs Ford.

Silich Construction is one of the first companies to use Ford F150 Lightning trucks. Their current fleet of five is set to be fully converted by Q2 2023. By 2024, they plan to add five more to the fleet.

“The Ford EVs have exceeded my expectations. They are a step up on every level and will be the cornerstone of our corporate climate responsibility commitment. We have ordered three additional F150 Lightnings which should arrive by the end of Q1 2023,” said John Silich, president and CEO Silich Companies.

Silich Construction, a division of Silich Companies LLC., is a general contracting company that has operated in Aspen for almost 30 years.

Final Rally the Valley is Saturday

A Glenwood Springs tradition dating back 10 years comes to an end Saturday with the final Rally the Valley in support of patient services at Valley View Hospital’s Calaway-Young Cancer Center.

But the future of funding integrative therapies, family support and other cancer patient services that the event has supported since the Cancer Center opened is bright, cancer center officials said.

In addition to bringing Rally the Valley to a close, the Valley View Foundation this year is launching a new $8 million endowment, which will fill that funding need going forward, Chief Community Relations Officer Stacey Gavrell said.

The cancer center opened on Sept. 12, 2012, and Rally the Valley began that same year.

Times gives Historical Society photos dating back to 1967

The Aspen Times has given photo archives to the Aspen Historical Society to make the material more readily accessible by the public, the paper announced.

The deed of gift describes “70 boxes of photographs and negatives from The Aspen Times newspaper ranging from 1967 to 2003. Boxes contain photographic prints, negatives, contact sheets, and corresponding newspapers relating to the photographic material.”

Mountain Rats Festival in Eagle

In a celebration of fall and wellness, Eagle Ranch welcomes back the 6th annual Mountain Rats Festival with trail and mountain bike races for the fit, The Amazing Race for families with or without kids, and much more.

The Festival kicks off on Thursday night, Sept. 15, with a trivia night at Color Roasters, supporting the Adam Palmer Sustainability Fund. Trees Don’t Move will be playing a set starting at 5 p.m. 

On Saturday, Sept. 17, once the Trail Runners start their three races, Eagle Ranch’s Capitol Street will feature Endorphin’s Bootcamp, The Cycle Effect’s women’s bike clinic, and kids 10-and-under in a short sprint. 

From noon to 6 p.m, local bands Trees Don’t Move, Pluck Norris and Al Maul will perform.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, once the mountain bike races are underway, music will be provided by a DJ, and the little ones (4 and under) will ride in their own Strider Race. 

GarCo sets up up more affordable-housing funding

Garfield County has assigned its 2022 private activity bond cap (more than $3.4 million) to the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority to use toward affordable housing initiatives.

The transfer allows the authority to issue the bonds for single and multi-family projects in Garfield County, including first-time home-buyer loan programs.

According to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the tax-exempt bonds are used to help fund private development projects. Counties and municipalities may issue the bonds with no obligation to repay investors. The amount of the bonds is limited by the Internal Revenue Service, and underwriters use investor funding to issue a loan for a qualifying project, which then repays the loan to investors, plus interest.

“This is a great program that keeps our HUD dollars in Garfield County,” said Commissioner Tom Jankovsky.

The allocation was approved unanimously, 3-0.


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