News in Brief
The Glenwood Canyon bike path is closed between Hanging Lake Tunnel and the Shoshone power plant, and may remain so through Memorial Day weekend because of high water.Four inches of water covered the paved path Monday, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. The path runs alongside the Colorado River in the canyon.
The Forest Conservancy and White River National Forest will discuss summer volunteer opportunities at a meeting today at the Church of Redstone.Interested volunteers are welcome at the session, from 7-8:30 p.m. Speakers will include Bill Westbrook, district ranger at the Aspen/Sopris Ranger District; and Ruth Frey, Bernie Grauer and Marcia Johnson of the Forest Conservancy.No registration is required. For more information, call 963-8071.
A behind-the-scenes adjustment of national forest permit boundaries at the Breckenridge Nordic Center and Breckenridge Ski Resort opens the door for development of lift-served skiing onto Peak 6.Forest Service rangers said the change was no big deal, but EPA officials said their agency hasn’t previously seen a ski area boundary expansion happen outside of a broader ski area or forest planning process, even as part of an agreement between adjacent permit holders.Nordic center owner Gene Dayton said the move is in the best interest of the public and touted the many years of cooperation between the cross country facility and the ski resort.Rick Sramek, vice president of mountain operations for Breckenridge Ski Resort, confirmed that the ski area wants to work on some master planning this summer, calling Peak 6 the “final piece” of the resort.”What we were looking for was a good tie-in to the Peak 6 area,” Sramek said. “We were looking for a piece that would make access and egress [to and from Peak 6] possible. It accommodates ski-over access from Peak 7 to a bottom terminal,” Sramek said.”It’s likely we’ll start master-planning this summer,” Sramek said, adding that the public will have a chance to review and comment on preliminary plans. (Summit Daily News)
Glenwood Meadows merchants could receive $1 million or more in rebates under a city economic development program.The stores are eligible for a program offering rebates of city development fees paid by new businesses, or existing ones relocating within town.The rebates are being made even as existing businesses, such as those downtown, are striving to compete with the massive new commercial development. Yet the program has its origins in the city’s efforts to help a longtime local business move downtown. The city was seeking to help ease the costs of the Bayou Cajun Restaurant & Bar’s relocation, which was completed last year.City Council member Dave Merritt said when the city looked into providing rebates, it decided that out of fairness it had to extend the offer to all new or relocating businesses. He said there was a lot of discussion at the time about the implications of the rebate for Glenwood Meadows, and the concern about how it would affect competing businesses.”We were told that there was no way that we could have it not extend there,” he said.Sue Sharpe, president of the Downtown Business Association, said she wasn’t aware of the rebate program, and hasn’t heard anyone within the DBA discuss it either. She said she wasn’t prepared to comment on it.City finance director Mike Harman said it’s still too early to know just how much the city will be refunding, but it could be between $800,000 and $1.3 million. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
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