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PITKIN COUNTY The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday transported three people suffering pre-hypothermic cold off Independence Pass. A call came in to the county during late Sunday afternoon after a squall near the pass. The mother in a three-person family caught in the storm got too cold, so the dad and son biked down and called an ambulance. The pass is open to bicycles but closed to vehicle traffic until Thursday.A sheriff’s representative said the mom did not take the ambulance down but did take a warm ride down in a sheriff’s vehicle. On the way down, they picked up a few other people stopped on the pass because of cold. The Pitkin County Sheriff’s office warned that people doing outdoor activities should be prepared for all kinds of weather. The sheriff’s office also said a woman crashed while biking on the pass and was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital with a concussion.

RIFLE Rifle City Council unanimously approved the first draft of the Rifle Creekside Estates subdivision in north Rifle on Wednesday.The shortage of housing in Rifle has made it ripe for subdivision developers and construction contractors. Work is plentiful in western Garfield County for home construction.Pollard said plans for the Rifle Creekside Estates consist of 98 duplexes (in 49 buildings) and 24 single-family houses covering approximately 40 acres of property.The town is growing by leaps and bounds, and thats no stretch of the imagination.According to Rifle city planner Jason Naess, the building department has been very busy this year with permit applications.Through April, the city has seen developers and homeowners submit 160 building permits. Thats a huge jump compared to 2006, when there were 85 permits through April and 223 for the entire year.City engineer Charlie Stevens said Rifle still has excess capacity in the wastewater facilities and the water supply still has enough storage, even with all the new growth, for about five years. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)


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