Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving closures
Garfield County offices and departments will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, for Thanksgiving. Staff functions that serve the community in emergency or 24-hour capacities will remain in operation as needed.

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Christmas tree permits available
November 20 - Forest Service Christmas tree permits available through Dec. 22

Kebler Pass closed
November 20 - Kebler Pass (Gunnison County Road 12 to Crested Butte) is closed for winter.

Independence Pass closed for the season

November 17 - Highway 82 over Independence Pass closed at 10 a.m. Friday. It will reopen again next spring.

Slash burning on Lookout Mountain

November 16 - Smoke may be visible east of Glenwood Springs
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2018 budget
The Board of County Commissioners approved a balanced 2018 operations budget on Nov. 13. The $104.8 million budget includes $83 million for operations, and $14.1 million in capital projects. The county's 2018 year-end fund balances are projected at $102.7 million.
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Heating assistance
LEAP is a federally funded program that helps eligible hard working Colorado families, seniors and individuals pay a portion of their winter home heating costs. The LEAP season runs from November 1 to April 30.

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2018 weed calendar
Ballot question 2A tied
New Castle Ballot Question 2A is tied, 440 - 440. The measure would increase the town's taxes by $330,000 annually for safety, recreation, and economic development. A recount takes place the last week of November.
2017 election results-|    

Finance department award
The Garfield County Finance Department has again been honored for its excellence in governmental budgeting for its 2017 adopted budget. The GFOA bestowed the Distinguished Budget Presentation to the department for the eighth straight year.


Bureau of Land Management

November 16 - Smoke may be visible east of Glenwood Springs

September 29 - Firefighters planning prescribed fires this fall in Eagle, Garfield, Rio Blanco counties

July 7 - Additional fire restrictions in effect

June 26 - Stage 1 fire restrictions
June 11, 8 pm - Fire activity increases in northwestern Colorado as winds increase
June 11, 3 pm - Crews making good progress on northwestern Colorado fires
June 10 - Crews work three wildfires in northwestern Colorado

June 8 - BLM now accepting public comment on Balzac Gulch Master Development Plan

June 8 - BLM now accepting public comment on effort to streamline projects in sagebrush habitats

June 5 - BLM seeks public review of environmental assessment covering potential wild horse gathers

May 1 - Trail work near New Castle begins

March 27 - Sutey Ranch land exchange finalized | press release

February 8 - BLM acquires Dotsero Landing recreation site

February 7 - Sutey Ranch land exchange near Carbondale complete

February 6 - BLM evaluating oil and gas leasing proposals in Garfield and Mesa counties

January 31 - 2017 grazing fees announced

January 20 - Dotsero Landing project secures additional funding through Land and Water Conservation Fund

January 5 - Federal fire officials plan long-range prescribed burning objective

December 6 - Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky has been appointed to the Bureau of Land Management's citizen-based Northwest Resource Advisory Council. The appointment was announced December 6. appointments-|      NW RAC-|

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US Forest Service

elk calf November 21 - Winter motor use in White River National Forest begins Nov. 23

November 20 - Forest Service Christmas tree permits available through Dec. 22 | hours/locations | vendors

November 6 - Forest Service releases final decision on Tepee Park Ranch Project near Rifle

October 16 - A prescribed burn is planned for this week in a 1,200-acre area nine miles north of El Jebel in Cattle Creek. Prescribed burn-|     map-|

September 29 - Firefighters planning prescribed fires this fall in Eagle, Garfield, Rio Blanco counties

September 15 - E-bike use in the White River National Forest

September 13 update - Himes Peak Fire 100 percent contained

September 7 - The Himes Peak Fire is burning in grass, aspen and heavy dead timber in the Flat Tops Wilderness, approximately 46 miles east of Meeker. Trappers Lake and Himes Peak campgrounds are closed.
Himes Peak Fire-|

September 5 - Trail closed Sept. 8-10 for maintenance

August 30 - Hanging Lake management plan proposal open house in Glenwood

August 22 - Proposed Hanging Lake management plan unveiled

July 7 - Additional fire restrictions in effect

July 4 - Clark Creek fire 80 percent contained

July 3 - Clark Creek fire near Rifle

May 30 - Temporary closure of Hanging Lake Trail, I-70 exit 125

May 26 - Trail closures near Snowmass for elk calving

May 22 - White River National Forest campgrounds are open

April 27 - Feedback sought on Rifle Creek grazing allotment

January 31 - 2017 grazing fees announced

     Air quality statewide   National Weather Service
  AQI Index for Colorado River Valley reports Garfield County air quality

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