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Ride the Rockies comingGlenwood Springs can expect more than 2,300 people to arrive in town Wednesday for the 22nd Ride the Rockies, said Krista Kaufman, Chamber Resort Association special events coordinator.On Thursday, they arrive in Aspen.The annual bicycle ride began Sunday in Frisco.A total of 2,000 riders were selected in a random lottery from 49 states and other countries, including Canada, Denmark, Austria, India and the United Kingdom. The oldest rider is 77-year-old Eugene Glenn from Bailey. The youngest is 6-year-old Emma Kerr from Boise, Idaho.In addition to the registered riders, several hundred family members and people in supporting roles will travel with the participants..Kaufman said each rider spends around $75 a day on average, not including accommodations or food. Ride the Rockies says it generates an average of $200,000 in each community it visits. Many of the riders will camp at Sayre Park and St. Stephen’s Church.On Tuesday, Rifle will play host to the riders and Ride the Rockies entourage. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
Proposal includes car dealershipsGLENWOOD SPRINGS Two Glenwood Springs lodging establishments would be torn down to make way for four car dealerships under a proposal that Vista Auto Group has submitted to the city.The company wants to build Chevrolet, Nissan, Honda and Subaru dealerships on adjoining properties totaling 5.6 acres that are now home to the 1st Choice Inns property and Budget Host on Highway 6 in West Glenwood.Its proposal is scheduled for an initial review by city council on Thursday night.Vista Auto Group bought the dealerships from Ron Esch earlier this year. It is proposing a somewhat unique, three-story dealership design that can accommodate 900 cars, most of which would be shielded from view. The first floor would include about 80,000 square feet of dealership space for sales and service, and the second floor about 120,000 square feet for new car inventory and sales.The third floor would consist of about 100,000 square feet of rooftop parking for employees, cars being serviced and more inventory.Buscher said agreements are in place for the sale of the two south Glenwood properties that are home to the Honda and Subaru/Nissan dealerships. The deals are pending Vista Auto Group’s approval to proceed with its consolidation plans at the West Glenwood site.Vista originally had planned on keeping the Two Rivers Chevrolet dealership in West Glenwood where it was, but revised its plans as it looked to consolidate its dealership locations. He said Vista has a party that is “very interested” in buying that property, but he couldn’t say if it would be another car dealer.Steve Zeder, general manager of Bighorn Toyota, which is on Sixth Street close to downtown, said proximity to other car dealers may be more important in big metropolitan areas than in small towns where it’s not far from one end of town to the other. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
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: The Colorado Department of Transportation gives Aspen’s roundabout a poor grade in terms of level of service so it’s thinking about making changes. But first, a study or two must be done.