News in Brief
October 31, 2006
The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park considered a possible sale of the facility to the Hot Springs Lodge & Pool earlier this year.Those discussions broke off, but the labor problems remain, Glenwood Caverns owner Steve Beckley said Tuesday. He said other operations on the mountain, such as cave tours and rides, have been adequately staffed, but the restaurant has not.The restaurant had to close probably a half-dozen evenings during Glenwood Caverns’ busy summer season due to short staffing, Beckley said.”When you have a thousand people coming by the door every day and the restaurant’s closed, that’s just not right. … That’s a lot of square footage and a lot of investment that’s going out of the window,” Beckley said.Glenwood Caverns discussed a possible sale to the pool earlier this year. Beckley said the idea arose as the two entities were discussing other matters. Beckley and pool assistant general manager John Bosco said the pool decided Glenwood Caverns wouldn’t be a good fit.
Land south of Rifle that a fire burned in August will see new life next spring.The Red Apple Fire started on Aug. 31 and burned 800 acres of pinion, juniper and sagebrush about five miles south of Rifle. A homeowner using a weed-trimming device sparked the fire. Heat from the tool ignited dry weeds, according to police reports.Next week, thanks to a $40,000 donation from Williams Production, one of Garfield County’s largest natural gas producers, grass and shrub seeds will be sown onto the ground from an airplane, said NRCS district conservationist Dennis Davidson.The reseeding project will occur on private land. Davidson said the members of the Bookcliffs Conservation District contacted landowners affected by the fire, who in turn let the NRCS know they were interested in the reseeding effort.Then Williams stepped up with a donation. Landowners covered about 10 percent of the cost, and the Mule Deer Foundation contributed $1,000, Davidson said.No federal dollars went into the project except technical advice from the NRCS, he said.Mountain Airspray of Craig will spread the seeds over the fire area next week depending on weather conditions.The grass seed mix includes various species of wheat grass, bluegrass, Indian rice grass and alfalfa. The plane will also broadcast big sage and saltbush seeds.