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GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The Glenwood Springs Tourism Board has announced plans to unveil a central reservations system for lodging and other amenities June 1.

The plan is to provide “one-stop shopping” online or by phone to increase tourism and get potential visitors hooked up with whatever they’re after: hotels, transportation, entertainment and activities. The central reservations system will be accessible through http://www.visitglenwood.com or by telephone.

Kate Collins, vice president of tourism and marketing, said the Chamber plans to roll out the system on June 1. She said lodging generated $27 million last year, and she estimated the central reservations service could add $1.5 to $2 million in its first year.

Collins said the decision to contract reserva­tions services was based, in part, on the fact that creating one from scratch would be a high-risk endeavor with no history of success. One risk of outsourcing is that the company is often very far away, she said, but this isn’t the case with the selection the board made. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” History buffs from across the county have banded together to ensure the preservation of sites that figure in Garfield County’s past.

The Garfield County Historical Preservation Action Team is a coalition of historical societies from Carbondale to Parachute that want to extend protection from city limits to unincorporated areas of the county.

“I think it’s so critical to do preservation now in areas where things are getting bulldozed,” said Grand Valley Historical Society member Judy Hayward, also on the action team.

The group will present a draft resolution to the Garfield County commissioners on Monday. The resolu­tion, modeled on one Routt County adopted in 1993, would establish a historic preservation board, which would designate historic properties in the county outside municipalities and provide public notification if alteration or demolition of a historic property is planned.

Hayward already has about 15 sites on the list for the Grand Valley Historical Society, including a cabin that a pioneer, Tom Glover, built around 1884.

The cabin sits on Williams Energy property. The company has offered to move it to the site of a historic schoolhouse in Battlement Mesa that the historical society owns.

The group will present the resolution to the county commissioners at 10:15 a.m. (Glen­wood Springs Post Independent)


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