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Vantage takes reins on airport development project

July 19, 2024
Garfield County has approved a concept plan transfer from Dark Horse Aviation to Vantage Aviation, paving the way for...
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CDPHE asks citizens to mail ticks for study

July 12, 2024
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has launched a new program to help determine what types...
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2025 Human Services Commission Grants now available

July 9, 2024
Human Services Commission (HSC) grants for 2025 are now available to area nonprofits. Applications are due to the Garfield...
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GCPH: Mosquitoes can do more than just bite

July 9, 2024
Mosquitoes are an annual annoyance and no one loves getting bit. In Colorado, some mosquitoes carry the West Nile...
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Garfield County fills Planning Commission seat

July 5, 2024
Garfield County has appointed Wes Miller to its Planning Commission for a term running through Dec. 31, 2025. Three...
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Garfield County closures for Independence Day

July 2, 2024
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed on Thursday, July 4, 2024, for...
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Extreme heat is more than uncomfortable, it can be dangerous

June 28, 2024
Coloradans have experienced seasonal hot days and extreme heat events for decades. However, as temperatures increase and heat waves...
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Garfield County Sheriff’s Office K9 Hera receiving donation of body armor

June 25, 2024
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, CO, K9 Hera is receiving a bullet- and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation...
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Gabby Barrett headlines fair and rodeo concert

June 21, 2024
MULTI-PLATINUM, award-winning recording artist Gabby Barrett brings her powerhouse vocals to Rifle for the 86th annual Garfield County Fair...
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Garfield County supports Sunlight chairlift replacement

June 19, 2024
Garfield County has approved a letter stating that no new land use permits are required for a chairlift replacement...
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Garfield County Public Health monitoring nationwide avian influenza outbreak

June 11, 2024
Garfield County Public Health is monitoring an avian influenza outbreak that is killing poultry and several other species of...
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Garfield County commits $3 million to Shoshone water right preservation

June 11, 2024
On June 10, the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a commitment of $3 million...
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Forest Service hosting two Sweetwater planning public meetings this week

June 3, 2024
The White River National Forest is hosting two public open house meetings this week to provide information and answer...
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‘Offensively named’ gulch receives new moniker

May 28, 2024
The Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board (CGNAB) has unanimously approved a name change for a gulch located 1.6 miles...
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Development taking off at county airport

May 23, 2024
Garfield County has fleshed out a process that allows a new association to oversee certain leases in aircraft hangar...
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Got mice? Take precautions against hantavirus

May 23, 2024
Hantavirus is a rare, life-threatening infection that is transmitted when humans breathe in particles from deer mice urine, droppings,...
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Two drownings at state parks in Garfield County in six days

May 20, 2024
On May 12, 2024, at 7:40 p.m., the Garfield County Coroner’s Office was dispatched to a report of a...
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Motorcycle crash at Catherine Store Road and Highway 82

May 20, 2024
Identity of deceased: Marshall Eanes, a 23-year-old male, resident of Carbondale, CO. On May 19, 2024, at 2:07 p.m.,...
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County announces discretionary grant awardees

May 14, 2024
Garfield County has approved $27,000 in second-quarter discretionary grants for local nonprofits, out of $33,000 requested in applications. The...
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Parachute man arrested in cold case homicide

May 14, 2024
On May 11, 2021, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a male subject who was found...
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Work to improve Buford-New Castle Road commences

May 10, 2024
A large maintenance and improvement project will begin next week on the Buford-New Castle Road (NFSR 245). The project...
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County reaffirms support for Mind Springs Health

May 9, 2024
Garfield County has continued its support of Mind Springs Health, approving a $49,500 grant toward operations and the cost...
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Fletchall appointed to library board

May 7, 2024
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has appointed Myrna Fletchall to the Garfield County Public Library District...
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Measles making a comeback in the U.S.

May 3, 2024
Colorado has reported several recent cases of the highly contagious disease measles. Health authorities are emphasizing the critical importance...
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Glenwood Canyon trail work to begin in May

April 26, 2024
Beginning in May, access will be limited to Hanging Lake and other Glenwood Canyon trails while trail reconstruction work,...
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Avalanche Creek prescribed fire near Carbondale planned for April 24

April 23, 2024
Smoke will be visible in the Roaring Fork and Crystal valleys tomorrow from the Avalanche Creek Prescribed Fire seven...
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Significant success achieved in broadband initiative

April 17, 2024
Garfield County has nearly completed the first two parts of a three-phase initiative to bring more reliable, robust, and...
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County grants $35,000 to regional health alliance

April 17, 2024
Garfield County has granted $35,000 to the West Mountain Regional Health Alliance (WMRHA) toward funding its 2024 operations, which...
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Airport master plan process takes flight

April 15, 2024
The Rifle Garfield County Airport and Armstrong Consultants, Inc., have begun the process of preparing a business plan for...
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Xcel transmission line construction starts in Glenwood-Springs

April 5, 2024
Helicopter flights are underway in Glenwood Springs, as Xcel Energy has begun construction activities on the Mitchell Creek Electric...
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Human remains found near Rifle lead to arrests of four

April 4, 2024
Arrested were Angel Luis Cosme-Marquez (upper left), Manuela Zapata-Castillo (upper right), Phillip Allen Johnson (lower left) and Joseph Patrick...
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Mental health speaker series begins April 2

March 29, 2024
Garfield County Public Health (GCPH) is partnering with the Garfield County Libraries (GCPLD) to hold the first of a...
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County grants $60,000 for boat ramp improvements

March 22, 2024
Garfield County has granted Colorado Parks and Wildlife $60,000 from its Conservation Trust Fund toward improvements at the Sam...
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BOCC passes firework prohibition ordinance

March 19, 2024
Garfield County has passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale, use, and possession of fireworks in unincorporated areas of the...
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Protest filed for RE-2 school board recall election

March 18, 2024
A protest was filed on March 11 to the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s Office regarding a community recall...
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CDOT highlights region 3 priorities

March 13, 2024
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has presented its region 3 projects to the Garfield County Board of County...
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New airport master plan process prepares for takeoff

March 13, 2024
Garfield County has selected Armstrong Consultants, Inc., to prepare a new master plan for the Rifle Garfield County Airport....
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Pertussis outbreak continues to spread

March 13, 2024
Pertussis continues to spread in Garfield County, which now has 11 confirmed cases since October 2023. The illness is...
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COVID and respiratory virus update

March 7, 2024
Additional COVID vaccine dose recommended for those 65+ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that...
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Non-sanctuary county resolution approved by BOCC

March 5, 2024
A resolution declaring Garfield County, Colorado as a non-sanctuary county for undocumented immigrants was approved by the Board of...
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County supports New Castle entryway project

February 29, 2024
Garfield County has granted $250,000 from its general fund to the Town of New Castle toward a planned roundabout...
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Re-2 District E director recall petition ruled sufficient

February 29, 2024
A recall petition for Garfield County School District Re-2 Board of Education Director of District E Tony May has...
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Garfield County grants watershed council $15,000

February 28, 2024
Garfield County has continued its support of the Middle Colorado Watershed Council (MCWC) by approving two grants for the...
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First-quarter discretionary grant recipients announced

February 21, 2024
Garfield County has approved seven discretionary grant requests totaling $31,000 for local nonprofits that help improve the community. The...
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Be a sponsor of the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo

February 20, 2024
The 2024 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo sponsor packet is available and interested partners can check out the benefits...
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Garfield County Presidents’ Day closures

February 16, 2024
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, for...
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Western Slope regional games for Special Olympics Colorado

February 14, 2024
Sunlight Mountain Resort hosted the 2024 alpine and downhill events for the western region of Colorado Special Olympics. Athletes...
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County grants $966,000 to local nonprofits

February 8, 2024
Garfield County has approved $966,000 in previously budgeted discretionary grants for local nonprofits to provide important services throughout the...
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Property tax notices mailed in Garfield County

January 31, 2024
Garfield County property tax notices were mailed on Jan. 30, and residents can expect them in the coming days....
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Ice rink open at the Garfield County Fairgrounds

January 16, 2024
The new Colorado Extreme Hockey ice rink is now open at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle. The rink...
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Improvements planned for Buford-New Castle Road

January 16, 2024
Garfield County has signed an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to improve the first eight miles of...
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El Jebel resident Henry David Twitchell missing

January 12, 2024
The Eagle County, Rio Blanco County and Garfield County sheriff’s offices are working together to locate Henry David Twitchell,...
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County funds monitoring station in South Canyon

January 9, 2024
Garfield County has agreed to help fund the operation and maintenance of an important water-monitoring station near South Canyon...
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County requests methane capture rule return in proposed Thompson Divide withdrawal

January 4, 2024
Garfield County has requested that the “methane capture” rule be reinstated into the proposed Thompson Divide Withdrawal Project, which...
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Beckley reappointed to the river district board

January 4, 2024
Garfield County has reappointed local businessman Steve Beckley as its representative to the Colorado River Water Conservation District (CRD)...
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Enjoy the holidays but be responsible

December 23, 2023
With Christmas coming and New Year’s Day following a week later, it is easy to find yourself in a...
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Garfield County holiday closures

December 20, 2023
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed on Friday and Monday, Dec. 22...
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Garfield County adopts 2024 budget

December 13, 2023
Garfield County has adopted its 2024 proposed budget, which includes a projected $131.4 million in expenditures and $128.2 million...
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Take precautions against pertussis

December 11, 2023
Garfield County Public Health is urging the community to take precautions against pertussis. Public health has recently confirmed multiple...
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USFS accepting comments on the draft EA for Thompson Divide Withdrawal Project

December 10, 2023
the USDA Forest Service, in coordination with the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, released a draft...
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GCSO: Traffic laws are applicable on all county roads

December 7, 2023
Traffic laws are applicable on all designated county roads regardless of whether or not that road passes through personal...
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County pursues temporary mill levy credit

December 5, 2023
Garfield County is pursuing a temporary mill levy credit in 2023 that effectively reduces its mills from 13.655 to...
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Cottonwood Pass closed for the winter season

December 5, 2023
Cottonwood Pass in Eagle County from Gypsum to the Roaring Fork Valley is now closed for the remainder of...
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Snow Pool offers information on backcountry avalanche conditions

November 29, 2023
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) and the Avalanche Research Program of Simon Fraser University in Canada are building...
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Winter travel season begins on the White River National Forest

November 27, 2023
The White River National Forest winter travel season is underway. During the winter season, all wheeled vehicles, including bikes,...
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County opposes proposed SEC investment rule

November 27, 2023
Garfield County has submitted a letter voicing its opposition to a proposed U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule...
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Hartmann takes the reins at CommDev

November 17, 2023
Garfield County has named longtime Principal Planner Glenn Hartmann as its new community development director. Hartmann, who first cut...
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Flying M Ranch PUD application denied

November 15, 2023
Garfield County has denied a rezoning application for a proposed planned unit development (PUD) south of Glenwood Springs. Flying...
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Garfield County closures for Thanksgiving

November 15, 2023
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24,...
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Garfield County closures for Veterans Day

November 8, 2023
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, for...
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Large solar array coming to Wheeler Gulch

November 8, 2023
Garfield County has approved a limited impact land use change permit for a 10-megawatt, 44-acre solar array to be...
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Pile burning to begin across the White River National Forest

November 1, 2023
Fire managers with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are planning to begin burning slash piles in...
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Investigation at Glenwood Adventure Park

October 29, 2023
News release - Garfield County Coroner's Office Date: October 30, 2023 Time: 4:59 p.m. Identity of Deceased: Diego Barajas...
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Garfield County Elections open house set for October 24

October 19, 2023
The public is invited to an open house from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the...
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Garfield County Job Fair is October 27

October 19, 2023
Garfield County is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 27, at the fairgrounds...
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Local nonprofits receive $633,000 in HSC grants

October 19, 2023
The Garfield County Human Services Commission (HSC) has announced $633,000 in grant awards for local nonprofits. The commission addresses...
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Tabor Tiffany pursues dog-training dream

October 19, 2023
A scholarship through the Garfield County Fair & Rodeo royalty program is helping a Rifle High School graduate realize...
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Puck drops for youth hockey facility upgrades

October 19, 2023
Garfield County has approved an application for a substantial modification to a limited impact land use change clearing the...
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Updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine available

October 19, 2023
The 2023-2024 updated vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are available at Garfield County Public Health to protect against serious...
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Ballots mailed for Nov. 7 Coordinated Election

October 17, 2023
Garfield County has mailed 37,500 ballots to registered voters for the Tuesday, Nov. 7, Coordinated Election. Ballots were mailed...
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National Forest Foundation seeks contractor to reconstruct the Hanging Lake Trail

October 11, 2023
The White River National Forest is proceeding with plans to reconstruct the Hanging Lake Trail, and on October 9,...
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Flying M Ranch PUD rezoning hearing continued

October 5, 2023
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has requested a site visit for a rezoning application of a...
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Public health holds flu vaccination clinics with Chase Away the Flues campaign

September 28, 2023
Garfield County Public Health is gearing up for flu season with an eye on COVID and other infectious diseases...
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Firearm discharged at fairgrounds private party

September 25, 2023
On September 24, 2023, at approximately 9:22 p.m., there was an altercation between several males at a quinceanera at...
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Swatting is a criminal offense

September 25, 2023
According to Wikipedia, “swatting” is a criminal harassment act of deceiving an emergency service (via such means as hoaxing...
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CDOT presents options on Cottonwood Pass

September 21, 2023
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has outlined several options for improving safety on the Garfield County side of...
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Illegal drug and firearms distribution arrests in Battlement Mesa area

September 19, 2023
SPEAR (Special Problems Enforcement and Response) has been busy since its last update to the residents of Garfield County....
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Aerial mulching begins on severely burned areas within the Grizzly Creek Fire

September 18, 2023
The White River National Forest plans to begin aerially applying mulch and soil additives on up to 150 acres...
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Join the Garfield County Fair Board

September 15, 2023
Garfield County Fair Board members are needed for 2023/2024 and future years. In collaboration with Garfield County Administration, volunteer...
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Time to get the flu vaccine

September 13, 2023
Cases of flu are trending up in the United States, with some areas of the south already reaching the...
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CPX well pad application approved

September 11, 2023
Garfield County has approved a permit for as many as 32 directional natural gas wells on a 5.45-acre property...
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Commissioners’ duties relative to the Garfield County Public Library District

September 11, 2023
Garfield County Commissioners have limited oversight or authority administered by Colorado law in relation to political subdivisions, such as...
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Garfield County closures for Labor Day

August 31, 2023
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed on Monday, Sept. 4, 2023, for...
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Garfield County Sheriff’s Office first agency to utilize virtual training program

August 25, 2023
An expansive virtual reality program is coming to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office that allows deputies to train in...
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West Nile virus season warrants precautions

August 25, 2023
West Nile virus has been detected in Garfield and Pitkin counties. West Nile is a virus spread through the...
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Forest Service, BLM seek comments on pipeline proposal south of Rifle

August 15, 2023
The White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Colorado River Valley Field Office seek public comments on...
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Telecommunications tower approved near Sunlight

August 3, 2023
Garfield County has approved a limited impact land use change permit allowing construction of a new telecommunications tower off...
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Free COVID PCR testing ends July 31

July 27, 2023
The free COVID PCR testing sponsored by Garfield County Public Health ends on July 31, 2023. The last day...
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Demolition derby roars to life

July 25, 2023
Saturday night during fair week means one thing: It’s demolition time. The fan-favorite demolition derby roars to life under...
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Updated I-70 Glenwood Canyon safety protocol continues for summer

July 21, 2023
The updated safety protocol continues for I-70 in Glenwood Canyon as the Western Slope enters the summer monsoon season....
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Logging operations resume on Buford-New Castle Road

July 20, 2023
Logging operations have resumed along the Buford-New Castle Road (NFSR 245) to increase aspen stands across the landscape and...
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Contract set for CSU outdoor classroom design

July 20, 2023
Garfield County has contracted with Rosenfeld Design LLC out of Glenwood Springs for engineering and design work on a...
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Garfield County unveils wildfire smoke preparedness plan

July 20, 2023
Garfield County has released its wildfire smoke preparedness plan outlining the effects wildfire smoke could have on residents and...
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Stage I fire restrictions begin July 21, 2023

July 19, 2023
The Garfield County Sheriff, BLM and the seven fire districts in Garfield County are implementing Stage 1 Fire Restrictions...
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Parade kicks off fair and rodeo fun on July 22

July 13, 2023
The 85th annual Garfield County Fair and Rodeo is ramping up the fun this year with a spectacular kick-off...
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Apply now for Human Services Commission grants

July 10, 2023
The Human Services Commission (HSC) grant process for 2024 has begun and interested nonprofits can apply now. Applicants include...
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New deputies at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

July 5, 2023
Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario was delighted to swear in five new deputies at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office...
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Fireworks caution and restrictions throughout Garfield County

June 30, 2023
Garfield County, CO – Garfield County is experiencing extremely critical fire weather. Not only is a nearly 3,000-acre fire burning in...
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Culex mosquitoes found throughout Garfield County

June 29, 2023
Rising temperatures and higher than normal moisture levels in Garfield County this year mean we are experiencing high levels...
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Fire danger climbs

June 27, 2023
This past weekend showed just how quickly fires can start and spread in Garfield County. The moisture that fell...
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Missing Rafter on Colorado River

June 26, 2023
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – Shortly after 2:00 PM on Sunday June 25, 2023, the Glenwood Springs Fire Department and...
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County backs withdrawal management facility grant

June 23, 2023
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County is applying for a $500,000 construction grant from the Colorado Opioid Abatement Council...
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County mulls noxious weed ordinance

June 23, 2023
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County is considering a proposed ordinance that enforces the management of noxious weeds on...
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Garfield County adopts 2018 IECC for building code

June 16, 2023
Garfield County has adopted the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in compliance with a 2019 state law requiring...
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Garfield County seeks engagement on broadband goals

June 12, 2023
Garfield County is planning formal engagement with prospective partners including local utilities and internet service providers (ISPs) in its...
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County mulls options for property tax relief

June 12, 2023
Garfield County is considering strategies to help provide some relief for property owners who are facing increases in their...
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Increased local drilling activity expected

June 8, 2023
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – An increase in oil and gas activity is expected later this year in and around...
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Chavez appointed national equity champion

June 7, 2023
The National WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Association recently selected five individuals to become national health equity champions (HECs)....
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Fentanyl Distribution Arrest

June 2, 2023
Garfield County SPEAR (Special Problem Enforcement and Response) Task Force conducted an investigation into the distribution of fentanyl on...
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Hanging Lake Trail to reopen June 2

June 2, 2023
A combination of lower water flows and some key trail repairs is allowing the White River National Forest to...
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Naloxone available at Garfield County Public Health

May 30, 2023
Garfield County Public Health, among other entities in our communities, is distributing Naloxone kits to reduce the number of...
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Chris Janson headlining Garfield County Fair and Rodeo

May 26, 2023
One of country music’s brightest stars has his sights set on the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle. Chris Janson...
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Recreational dangers increase as water levels rise

May 23, 2023
In Garfield County, the Colorado River is reaching peak water flows. The Roaring Fork and Crystal rivers follow closely...
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Hanging Lake Trail temporarily closed due to high run-off

May 23, 2023
The U.S. Forest Service temporarily closed the Hanging Lake Trail because of the large amount of spring run-off flowing...
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USFS: Comments sought on lift replacement at Sunlight

May 19, 2023
The White River National Forest seeks public comments on Sunlight Mountain Resort’s proposal to replace the Segundo Chairlift, a...
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Forest Service approves Hanging Lake Trail improvements

May 19, 2023
The White River National Forest approved a number of improvements to the Hanging Lake Trail to help ensure its...
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County requests CDOT hold transportation meetings

May 17, 2023
Garfield County has sent the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) a letter requesting roundtable meetings with local governments to...
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Cottonwood Pass open for summer season

May 15, 2023
EAGLE COUNTY, May 15, 2023 – Cottonwood Pass in Eagle County that runs from Gypsum to the Roaring Fork...
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National Peace Officer Memorial Day

May 15, 2023
Garfield County, CO - In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officer Memorial Day,...
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County approves new Spring Gulch upper parking lot

May 11, 2023
Garfield County has approved a limited impact review land use change permit application for a new parking lot off...
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Garfield County notices of value mailed out

May 10, 2023
Garfield County notices of value were mailed to property owners on May 1, and reflect property values based on...
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Forest Service seeks comments on Coal Basin methane research

May 9, 2023
The White River National Forest seeks public comments on a proposal to inventory and study the quality and quantity...
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Minor subdivision approved off Four Mile

May 9, 2023
Garfield County has approved a rezoning application to clear the way for a minor subdivision off Four Mile Road...
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Adams appointed to Garfield County Planning Commission seat

May 5, 2023
Garfield County has appointed Daniel Adams of New Castle to fill a vacancy as an associate member on the...
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Garfield County providing sandbags for flood mitigation

May 4, 2023
Garfield County is providing sandbags to residents in unincorporated areas who may be at risk of flooding as the...
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Forest Service, BLM Seek Public Comments on Thompson Divide Withdrawal

May 3, 2023
The USDA Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are seeking public scoping comments and hosting two public meetings...
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Mudslide blocks access to Hanging Lake Trailhead

May 3, 2023
Monday afternoon a large mudslide occurred above the Hanging Lake Rest Area road and is now blocking access to...
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New COVID vaccine recommendations

April 24, 2023
All mRNA COVID vaccine is now a bivalent vaccine, meaning it contains antigens for two strains of the virus...
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Noxious weed cost-share program available

April 21, 2023
Garfield County and the Bookcliff, Mount Sopris, and South Side Conservation districts are once again offering landowners financial assistance...
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Study supports Aspen Glen eagle buffer zone

April 20, 2023
A report from a local ecologist shows the continuous presence of eagles within a buffer zone located along the...
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Text amendments approved to support housing

April 19, 2023
Garfield County has adopted new land use and development code text amendments to help clarify the document and facilitate...
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GarCo911 partnering with ReachWell

April 17, 2023
Reachwell launch October 30, 2023 Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin Counties, Colo.- Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin community members can now...
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Final order set in Garfield County case with RMI

April 11, 2023
A final order is set in a case between Rocky Mountain Industrials, Inc. (RMI) and the Garfield County Board...
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Introducing SPEAR in Garfield County

April 6, 2023
Introducing SPEAR, the Special Problem Enforcement and Response team! You may have heard me talk about this team, but...
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2023 Garfield County Humanitarian Awards

April 4, 2023
The 33rd annual Garfield County Humanitarian Awards took place at on April 3 at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood...
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Pinwheel planting at the courthouse on April 1

March 28, 2023
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and River Bridge Regional Center plants pinwheels at the Garfield County Courthouse in...
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DEA reports widespread threat of Fentanyl mixed with Xylazine

March 24, 2023
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the American public of a sharp increase in the trafficking of fentanyl...
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Free COVID-19 PCR testing returns to the region

March 24, 2023
Beginning the week of March 27, free COVID PCR testing is back. In ongoing communications with local medical providers,...
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Virtual Accessibility and Inclusion Summit is April 11

March 22, 2023
Garfield County Public Health, in partnership with The Arc of the Central Mountains, Mountain Valley Developmental Services, and Cook...
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Garfield County approves hangar concept plan modification

March 17, 2023
Garfield County has approved an updated concept plan from Dark Horse Aviation to construct two large hangars at the...
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Mass care shelter training

March 17, 2023
The Western Mountain Regional Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) is partnering with the American Red Cross to host...
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Landfill coupon available for April

March 16, 2023
The Garfield County Landfill is offering a coupon for $15 off one load during April. The coupon is valid...
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Cottonwood Pass safety improvements open house

March 10, 2023
Public meetings will take place on March 22 & 23 for the public with concept designs aimed at improving...
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Garfield County seeks solutions to broadband roadblock

March 8, 2023
Garfield County has sent a letter to Colorado Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commission...
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Missouri Heights subdivision request approved

March 2, 2023
Garfield County has approved a minor subdivision application for a 41.3-acre property off Harmony Lane in Missouri Heights that...
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Garfield County pens comment letter on wolf reintroduction

March 1, 2023
Garfield County has submitted a comment letter on the draft Colorado Wolf Restoration and Management Plan supporting “impact-based management...
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Shingles vaccine recommended for those 50 years and older

February 24, 2023
Adults 50 years and older are encouraged to get the vaccine Shingrix. Shingrix is over 90 percent effective at...
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Garfield County closures for Presidents Day

February 17, 2023
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Monday, Feb. 20, 2023, for Presidents...
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CDOT, CSP urge drivers to follow all safety instructions in Glenwood Canyon

February 17, 2023
CDOT and CSP urge I-70 drivers in Glenwood Canyon to follow safety instructions to prevent closures CDOT PRESS RELEASE...
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Garfield County Sheriff’s Office hands out awards at Special Olympics Colorado event

February 13, 2023
On Friday Feb. 10, Ski Sunlight once again hosted the annual Alpine Events for Special Olympians from across western...
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Land use text amendment expands uses in commercial general zone district

February 10, 2023
Garfield County has expanded its list of allowed uses within its commercial general zone district to include the assembly...
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County approves kennel expansion near Carbondale

February 8, 2023
Garfield County has approved an application for a land use change permit that recognizes and allows for the expansion...
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Fourmile-area snowmobilers advised of closures

February 8, 2023
The White River National Forest is enacting several closures to snowmobiles and other vehicles in the Fourmile area for...
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Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) stakeholder feedback sought

February 1, 2023
Garfield County Public Health is soliciting feedback from stakeholders regarding a potential increase in onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS)...
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Noxious Weeds of Garfield County calendar photo contest

January 31, 2023
Garfield County Vegetation Management is pleased to announce that, for the fourth year in a row, photograph entries are...
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Nominate now for the 2023 Garfield County Senior Awards

January 26, 2023
Nominations are now being accepted for 2023 Senior Awards and Friend of the Seniors in Garfield County. All nominations...
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Forest Service seeking comments on Hanging Lake Trail repair and redesign

January 26, 2023
The USDA Forest Service is soliciting comments on a project to redesign, repair and reconstruct portions the Hanging Lake...
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Property tax notices mailed to Garfield County homeowners

January 25, 2023
Garfield County property tax notices are in the mail, and residents can expect them in the coming days. Approximately...
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Garfield County Humanitarian Awards nominees sought for 2023

January 25, 2023
The 33rd annual Garfield County Humanitarian Awards takes place at 5:30 p.m. on April 3 at the Hotel Colorado...
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Six arrested near Silt on drug charges and warrants

January 20, 2023
Six people were arrested near Silt with charges ranging from outstanding arrest warrants, to possession with intent to distribute...
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Garfield County plans brief closures or light staffing Jan. 23

January 19, 2023
Garfield County offices and departments may be closed or lightly staffed for a couple of hours on Monday, Jan...
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Gravel operation approved between Silt and Rifle

January 19, 2023
Garfield County has approved a land use change permit paving the way for a gravel operation south of the...
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Garfield County Human Service mini-grants now available

January 17, 2023
Garfield County is offering human services mini-grants of up to $5,000 for qualifying 501c3 nonprofits. The amount of funding...
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Garfield County elected officials take oaths of office

January 13, 2023
Garfield County’s elected officials have taken their oaths of office and are settling into their new terms after being...
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Carbondale Town Hall COVID-19 testing site closing

January 10, 2023
The Carbondale Town Hall state-run PCR testing site is shutting down on Jan. 15, as part of a statewide...
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Clerk & Recorder office closure

January 5, 2023
Garfield County Clerk & Recorder’s office will have the following brief closure for the swearing in ceremony for newly...
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Vehicle pursuit on I-70 leads to discovery of Fentanyl, other narcotics

January 3, 2023
On Friday December 30, 2022, around 2 p.m., Investigators of the multijurisdictional Special Problems Enforcement and Response team (SPEAR)...
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Phone scams targeting rural Garfield County

December 30, 2022
Phone scammers are striking in many of the municipalities and rural areas of Garfield County. They may be using...
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Garfield County elected officials being sworn in Jan. 10

December 28, 2022
Swearing-in ceremonies for recently elected officials will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 10, starting at 10 a.m. Ninth Judicial...
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County grant helps spark Parachute trails planning

December 22, 2022
A Garfield County grant has helped the Town of Parachute’s trail system plan gain traction and its staff is...
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Take Care for a healthy holiday

December 22, 2022
It’s beginning to look a lot like 2021. Like last December, just in time for holiday gatherings, Garfield County...
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County looks to cut through broadband red tape

December 21, 2022
Garfield County has sent a letter to Colorado Governor Jared Polis requesting assistance in navigating the roadblocks to access...
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Garfield County holiday closures

December 19, 2022
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Friday and Monday, Dec. 23 and...
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Beattie named Garfield County attorney

December 12, 2022
Heather Beattie has been named Garfield County Attorney, replacing Tari Williams, who left the county in the late summer....
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Henderson named Garfield County deputy manager

December 12, 2022
Garfield County has named Bentley Henderson its new deputy county manager following an exhaustive search to fill the role....
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Forest Service, BLM public meeting on proposed Thompson Divide withdrawal in Garfield, Gunnison, and Pitkin counties

December 7, 2022
The USDA Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are hosting an informational public meeting Dec. 14...
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Forest health work resumes along Fourmile Road

December 7, 2022
Winter recreationists on Fourmile Road above Glenwood Springs may encounter logging traffic Monday through Friday as two projects to...
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Cottonwood Pass closed for winter season

November 29, 2022
Cottonwood Pass in Eagle County from Gypsum to the Roaring Fork Valley is now closed for the remainder of...
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Energy Advisory Board meeting Dec. 1 in Rifle

November 28, 2022
The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meeting takes place Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 - 7:20 p.m. The agenda...
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County comments on oil and gas rulemaking request

November 22, 2022
Garfield County has provided comments to a rulemaking petition filed by several environmental groups seeking to “adopt rules to...
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County approves new gas pad application near Rifle

November 22, 2022
A new natural gas well pad limited impact review has been approved by Garfield County, the first such approval...
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BLM implements seasonal closures to protect wintering wildlife

November 22, 2022
The Bureau of Land Management Grand Junction and Colorado River Valley field offices will begin seasonal closures on Dec....
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GCPH: Take caution as pediatric respiratory infections increase

November 18, 2022
There has been a rapid increase in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections across Colorado, particularly among infants and children...
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Thanksgiving closures at Garfield County

November 16, 2022
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25, for...
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What to expect during winter maintenance

November 10, 2022
No two winters are the same, but Garfield County Road and Bridge always strives to stay on top of...
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Garfield County closures for Veterans Day

November 9, 2022
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Friday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day....
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BLM holding Piceance-East-Douglas wild horse adoption

October 31, 2022
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a wild horse adoption event on Nov. 4 – 5, offering...
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Rainbow Fentanyl uncovered in Garfield County

October 31, 2022
SPEAR (Special Problems Enforcement and Response), a newly established “task force” in Garfield County, recently seized several pills suspected...
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GSCO urges caution on Halloween

October 24, 2022
With Halloween less than a week away, it is good to remember a few precautions that might keep you...
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Garfield County sets 2023 fair and rodeo dates

October 24, 2022
The 2023 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo has been scheduled for July 23 - 30 at the fairgrounds in...
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Ballots mailed to all active Garfield County voters

October 17, 2022
Garfield County has mailed 36,618 ballots for the 2022 General Election to all active registered voters. Election Day is...
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CPW presents county with mule deer population outlook

October 14, 2022
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has presented updates to its upcoming mule deer herd management plan to the Board...
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Board proposes grant to support Colorado River BOCES

October 14, 2022
Garfield County is supporting the Colorado River Board of Cooperative Education Services’ (BOCES) efforts to provide needed job skills...
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BLM seeks nominations for resource advisory councils

October 13, 2022
The Bureau of Land Management today announced that it is seeking public nominations for positions on the Northwest, Rocky...
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Prescribed burn planned at airport

October 7, 2022
The Rifle/Garfield County Airport, in cooperation with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) and the DFPC-Colorado...
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CPW responds to bear attack in New Castle Sunday, Oct. 2

October 3, 2022
New Castle, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers continue searching for a bear that attacked a man late...
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Body-worn cameras now standard equipment for Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

September 29, 2022
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has been researching body worn cameras for our deputies for over a year. This...
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Brainard appointed deputy director of Public Health

September 23, 2022
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County Public Health has named Sara Brainard as its first-ever deputy director. Most recently...
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Omicron vaccine, flu shots available

September 23, 2022
State mobile bus providing fentanyl test strips and Narcan nasal spray GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Get the vaccine that...
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State Environmental Justice Task Force draft process draws concerns from Garfield County

September 23, 2022
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has submitted comments and recommendations to the State of Colorado’s nascent Environmental Justice...
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Prescribed burning planned at Rifle Garfield County Airport this fall

September 12, 2022
The Rifle Garfield County Airport, in cooperation with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) and the...
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Board approves activity bond transfer for housing

September 9, 2022
Garfield County has assigned its 2022 private activity bond (PAB) cap (more than $3.4 million) to the Colorado Housing...
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County secures $1.7 million grant for broadband

September 7, 2022
Garfield County has secured a more than $1.7 million grant from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to help...
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Garfield County Public Health awaiting shipment of COVID-19 omicron dose vaccine

September 7, 2022
Garfield County Public Health is awaiting the arrival of the officially approved Pfizer and Moderna updated COVID-19 omicron dose...
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Fred Jarman named Garfield County manager

September 7, 2022
Garfield County has named Fred Jarman as its new county manager, replacing Kevin Batchelder who is retiring on Sept....
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County closures for Labor Day holiday

September 1, 2022
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Monday, Sept. 5, for Labor Day....
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Watts named Garfield County finance director

August 31, 2022
Garfield County has elevated two of its own into important roles in both the finance and procurement departments. Jamaica...
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The importance of getting kids to the table

August 31, 2022
An often-overlooked part of the school day, “school lunch” offers kids more than a meal. Studies show that kids...
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Back-to-school health highlights

August 29, 2022
As Garfield County students head back to the classrooms, Garfield County Public Health highlights some important reminders to keep...
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County questions state’s process at Sweetwater

August 24, 2022
Garfield County has submitted a letter to the acting director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) voicing concerns that...
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Garfield County named participating agency on wolf reintroduction

August 24, 2022
Garfield County has been named as a participating agency in the state of Colorado’s wolf reintroduction plans for the...
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Garfield County Search and Rescue complete cliff rescue in Glenwood Springs

August 17, 2022
Shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, Garfield County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) was activated to rescue...
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Affordable Connectivity Program connects families with internet service

August 15, 2022
  The Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides eligible households with discounted broadband service and needed devices....
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County approves $16,500 in discretionary grants

August 11, 2022
  Garfield County has awarded $16,500 in discretionary grants for the third quarter for qualifying nonprofits in the area....
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Monkeypox in Garfield County, population at low risk

August 4, 2022
Symptoms to watch for and who is prioritized for vaccine and treatment   There is one confirmed case of...
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Garfield County takes new direction on COVID-19 data

August 1, 2022
More than two years into the pandemic, Garfield County Public Health has changed the data sources reported on its...
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Colorado Law Enforcement Officers raise $67,923.50 for Special Olympics

August 1, 2022
The Tip-a-Cop Program with Chili’s Restaurants was resumed this year on Sunday July 24, 2022, after a four-year hiatus...
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Second quarter revenues up at county landfill

July 26, 2022
The Garfield County Landfill near Rifle saw a steady rise in business in the second quarter of 2022, leading...
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Garfield County Public Health COVID testing update

July 25, 2022
FREE – Rapid antigen tests mailed to your home Rapid antigen tests are available through the federal at-home test...
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BOCC backs effort to assess nuclear power potential

July 20, 2022
Garfield County is backing an application by the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC) to participate in a community...
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Rising river temperatures prompt additional voluntary fishing closures in the northwest region

July 20, 2022
Several days of above-average air temperatures and river temperatures quickly approaching and in some cases exceeding 71°F have prompted...
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2022 Garfield County fair book

July 14, 2022
The official 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo book is now available, featuring event schedules and all the information...
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Human Services Commission grant applications available for 2023

July 11, 2022
Since 1980, a portion of county sales tax revenues has been dedicated to human services needs to eligible applicants...
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Commissioners sign letter supporting rural Colorado VA clinics

July 8, 2022
Garfield County has sent a letter to the state’s political leaders supporting Veterans Benefits Administration (U.S. Department of Veterans...
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Garfield County green-lights large solar farm

July 5, 2022
Garfield County has approved an application for a major impact land use change permit that paves the way for...
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Independence Day closures at Garfield County

July 1, 2022
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Monday, July 4, for Independence Day....
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Garfield County free COVID testing update

June 29, 2022
NOTICE: Beginning in July, free state-sponsored PCR testing will only be available in Carbondale and follows a new daily...
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Whitcomb named new Garfield County environmental health manager

June 29, 2022
Jannette Whitcomb has been named Garfield County Public Health’s new environmental health manager. Whitcomb is replacing Joshua Williams, who...
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Board backs support letter for affordable housing study grant

June 23, 2022
Garfield County has signed a letter of support for an application by the Greater Roaring Fork Valley Housing Coalition...
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Public comments being taken on EIS for BLM Colorado River Valley management plan

June 23, 2022
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Upper Colorado River District is pleased to announce that the Notice of Intent...
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Multiple shots fired at Heron’s Nest RV Park and Campground in Silt

June 22, 2022
Following last night’s shooting at the Heron’s Nest RV Park; deputies from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office went door-to-door...
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Drought necessitates extension of firework prohibition

June 21, 2022
A prohibition on firework use, possession, and sale in unincorporated Garfield County has been extended from June 20 through...
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County grants $200,000 to Silt for parks improvements

June 20, 2022
Garfield County has approved a $200,000 grant from the Conservation Trust Fund to the Town of Silt for improvements...
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Path connecting Riverview School to the community open

June 17, 2022
A trail project linking the Riverview School and its surrounding neighborhoods south of Glenwood Springs is now officially open...
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Emergency exercise/drill planned for June 29 at GVHS

June 16, 2022
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with members of Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, Care Flight, Classic...
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‘Hardwick Bridge Trail’ ribbon-cutting is June 17

June 10, 2022
A ribbon-cutting event for the new Riverview Safe Routes to School "Hardwick Bridge Trail" is scheduled for June 17...
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Proposed ordinance would open more county roads to OHVs

June 10, 2022
On October 13, 2016, the Board of County Commissioner adopted Ordinance 2016-01 which established a set of regulations that...
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Airplane glider crashes at the Rifle Garfield County Airport

June 10, 2022
On June 9, 2022, shortly after 5 p.m., the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash at the...
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County wants to provide more input in state wolf plans

June 8, 2022
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has formally requested to be a cooperating agency with the U.S. Fish...
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Ballots for the June 28 Primary Election mailed

June 6, 2022
Mail ballots for the Tuesday, June 28, Primary Election have been mailed to registered active voters in Garfield County....
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Batchelder to retire in September

June 6, 2022
Garfield County Manager Kevin Batchelder is retiring from his role, effective Sept. 16, 2022. Hired as county manager in...
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Garfield County COVID-19 update

June 1, 2022
Garfield County Public Health is updating its COVID-19 data page. COVID-19 has increased 30 percent since April, but hospitalizations...
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Garfield County Public Health update

June 1, 2022
Garfield County Public Health updates and resources on current and seasonal issues. Infant formula shortage Resources for those needing...
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County leases land, commercial space to Rifle Aviation

May 27, 2022
Garfield County agreed to convert a private hangar lease to a commercial hangar lease for Rifle Aviation LLC to...
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Garfield County closures for Memorial Day

May 26, 2022
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day....
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Mallonee appointed to library board

May 23, 2022
John Mallonee has been appointed to fill a vacant at-large seat on the Garfield County Public Library District Board...
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Public health survey solicits rural needs and wants

May 23, 2022
Garfield County Public Health (GCPH) is seeking feedback on the issues impacting people living in Garfield County. Every five...
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GCSAR team rescues six stranded rafters from the Roaring Fork River

May 18, 2022
On Tuesday evening at 6:54 p.m., the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) was notified of four children and two...
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Childcare certification supports breastfeeding moms

May 13, 2022
Miss Stephanie’s House in Carbondale recently became one of the valley’s first childcare providers to receive the Colorado breastfeeding-friendly...
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County awards second-quarter discretionary funds

May 12, 2022
Garfield County has awarded $46,000 in second quarter discretionary grants to local nonprofit organizations. The nonprofits had requested $59,000...
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Energy Advisory Board meeting May 5

May 3, 2022
The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meeting takes place Thursday, May 5, from 6 – 7:20 p.m. The agenda...
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Cottonwood Pass opens May 4 for summer season

May 3, 2022
Cottonwood Pass in Eagle County, which runs from Gypsum to the Roaring Fork Valley, opens Wednesday, May 4. It...
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Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Earl Gay retires

April 29, 2022
On Thursday April 28, 2022, Deputy Earl Gay officially retired from his duties at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office...
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Prescribed fire planned northeast of El Jebel

April 28, 2022
Fire managers with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit anticipate conditions to be ideal for igniting the...
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Urgent bird flock protection for highly pathogenic avian influenza

April 22, 2022
Garfield County, CSU Extension, state and federal partners join counties statewide in strong advisories for protecting all bird species...
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Garfield County Landfill closes for high wind periods

April 22, 2022
The Garfield County Landfill west of Rifle was expected to be closed the remainder of April 22, 2022 due...
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2022 Child Safety Fair

April 22, 2022
Families are invited to attend the Garfield County Child Safety Fair Friday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 2...
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Prescribed fires planned this week in Garfield and Eagle counties

April 19, 2022
RIFLE, Colo. – Fire managers with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit anticipate conditions to be ideal...
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Garfield County Fair and Rodeo saddles up for Big & Rich

April 14, 2022
Saddle up your horses because the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo is going big in 2022. Country music sensation...
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High-speed pursuit on Interstate 70 ends in multiple arrests

April 13, 2022
On Tuesday evening shortly after 11 p.m., a Garfield County Deputy attempted to contact a vehicle headed east on...
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Fake distraint warrant delivered in Garfield County

April 6, 2022
A bogus tax distraint warrant has appeared in Garfield County, and citizens are asked to be vigilant and not...
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Forest Service announces guidance on e-bike use

April 6, 2022
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is announcing that internal guidance on how future e-bike use is managed...
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Garfield County proclaims National Public Health Week

April 5, 2022
Over the past two years, COVID-19 propelled the public health field into the spotlight. But the public health system...
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Finance earns honor for excellence in reporting

April 5, 2022
The Garfield County Finance Department has earned the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in...
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Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards gala

April 4, 2022
The Garfield County Humanitarian Awards took place on April 4 at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. Award winners...
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Rifle COVID-19 testing hours changes, fourth doses available

April 4, 2022
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – UPDATE: Free COVID-19 testing *Beginning Friday, April 1, Rifle Roaring Fork Free COVID-19 Testing services...
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Link connects workers with needed life skills training

April 1, 2022
Garfield County’s Link to Success program offers training and assistance for people seeking to improve their job skills and...
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Business steady at the Garfield County Landfill

March 25, 2022
The Garfield County Landfill has seen steady business over the past couple years, despite the economic slowdown caused by...
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County awards HSC mini-grants

March 25, 2022
Human Services Commission grants approved for 24 local nonprofits GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has awarded more than...
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Garfield County enacts firework prohibition

March 22, 2022
Garfield County is prohibiting the sale, use, and possession of fireworks in 2022 as a protective measure against ongoing...
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Bornholdt honored with the CEMA President’s Award

March 16, 2022
Garfield County Emergency Manager Chris Bornholdt has received the prestigious President’s Award from the Colorado Emergency Management Association (CEMA)...
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Calls to Colorado’s child abuse and neglect hotline increasing

March 15, 2022
The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) reports that calls to the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline, 844-CO-4-Kids...
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Garfield County a cooperating agency for BLM greenhouse gas study

March 9, 2022
Garfield County will act as a cooperating agency with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on an upcoming Supplemental...
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Garfield County Public Health shifts COVID-19 metrics page to reflect new stage in pandemic

March 7, 2022
Garfield County Public Health is updating its COVID-19 data page. “As we enter a new phase of the COVID-19...
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Being part of the Garfield County Search and Rescue team

March 7, 2022
We have all heard about the search and rescue team in Garfield County. These highly trained individuals volunteer their...
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Garfield County grants $220,000 to C.A.R.E.

March 4, 2022
Garfield County has granted $220,000 to Colorado Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E) toward its operations in 2022. The nonprofit provides housing...
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Body recovered from Colorado River near New Castle

March 4, 2022
At 9:06 a.m., dispatch (Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority) notified the New Castle Police Department that a body had...
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Garfield County Humanitarian Awards April 4

March 4, 2022
The Garfield County Humanitarian Awards returns to the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs on April 4, 2022. The in-person...
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Bornholdt earns CEMA President’s Award

March 2, 2022
Each year, the Colorado Emergency Managers Association (CEMA) meets to discuss operations and events from around the state, as...
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Board submits concerns over DOI’s atlas plan

March 2, 2022
Garfield County has provided formal comments to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) on efforts to develop the American...
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Latino Community Committee meeting March 9

March 2, 2022
The Garfield County Latino Community Committee is meeting on Wednesday, March 9, at 6 p.m. in the Board of...
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Garfield County awards $26,500 in nonprofit grants

March 1, 2022
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has approved $26,500 in first quarter discretionary grants for local nonprofits. The...
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New Garfield County precinct maps available online

February 28, 2022
Adjustments have been made to Garfield County’s precinct maps following input taken from the 2020 U.S. Census. There are...
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COVID and Garfield County Public Health community update

February 22, 2022
COVID-19 Most Coloradoans immune to omicron - Garfield County continues to see declining case counts and test positivity. Daily...
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Garfield County closures for Presidents’ Day

February 18, 2022
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Monday, Feb. 21, for Presidents' Day....
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County leases airport hangar space to local business

February 18, 2022
Garfield County has leased space at the Rifle Garfield County Airport to a local business to build and operate...
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Garfield County Public Health community update – February 15, 2022

February 15, 2022
Workshop for event coordinators / temporary food vendors, where food is sold to the public This workshop takes place...
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Fourmile Road to be closed above snowmobile parking area

February 10, 2022
Beginning Feb. 14, Forest Service Road 300 (Fourmile Road) will be closed above the snowmobile trailer parking area while...
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Aspen Chef awarded contract to provide senior meals in eastern Garfield County

February 10, 2022
Garfield County has awarded a contract to Aspen Chef to provide lunches for seniors in eastern end of the...
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Garfield County honors Coal Ridge cheer squad

February 10, 2022
The Garfield County commissioners have signed a joint proclamation honoring the Coal Ridge High School Titans Co-ed Cheer Team...
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Garfield County COVID-19 community update

February 9, 2022
As of February 4, 10.16 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given worldwide. More than 61 percent...
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Applications available for FMLD’s spring 2022 grant cycle

February 2, 2022
Applications for the Spring 2022 Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District (GCFMLD) grant application are now available. Increased funding...
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Floyd named new fairgrounds and events manager

February 1, 2022
Chris Floyd has taken the reins as the new Garfield County fairgrounds and events manager, following 15 years of...
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Prescribed burn set for South Rifle

January 28, 2022
If conditions allow, a prescribed burn will take place next week in South Rifle near Rifle Village South. Several...
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Hospitalizations up in Garfield County, booster offers greater protection

January 27, 2022
Hospitalizations increase, omicron retreats As of Wednesday, January 27, Garfield County had 13 cases of individuals hospitalized with COVID-19,...
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Garfield County property tax notices mailed

January 25, 2022
Garfield County property tax notices are in the mail, and residents can expect them in the coming days. Approximately...
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Garfield County grants YouthZone $67,500

January 21, 2022
Garfield County has approved a grant for $67,500 to YouthZone to help keep its Juvenile Diversion Program operating in...
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Garfield County Public Health COVID update

January 21, 2022
State health department says Colorado omicron cases may be nearing peak, slow decline predicted. Colorado cases of COVID-19 appear...
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Weeds of Garfield County calendar photography contest

January 18, 2022
The Garfield County Vegetation Management Department is seeking images related to noxious weeds for its annual calendar. Winning photos...
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Sweetwater Lake community open house series

January 14, 2022
The U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Eagle Valley Land Trust are hosting three in-person open house...
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Grizzly Creek Trail closure modified

January 13, 2022
The White River National Forest has modified the Grizzly Creek Trail closure, opening the first two miles of the...
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Senior grab n’ go lunches suspended in Glenwood, Carbondale

January 13, 2022
A program that provides take-home meals for Garfield County seniors in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale is suspending on January...
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Red Canyon Road closed for 90 days

January 10, 2022
Garfield County has extended a closure of Red Canyon Road (County Road 115) for an additional 90 days due...
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Omicron variant case increase

December 31, 2021
The new, highly contagious, omicron variant is responsible for a recent spike in Garfield County COVID-19 cases. In a...
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Red Canyon Road closed for safety

December 29, 2021
The north end of County Road 115/Red Canyon Road is currently closed until further notice for safety. Road and...
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GCPH: Critical information before holiday gatherings

December 27, 2021
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The holidays are here and so is the Omicron variant. More contagious than any previous...
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Middle-mile network implementation moves forward

December 22, 2021
Garfield County has agreed to a contract with Vero Fiber Networks, LLC, to build middle-mile and carrier-neutral locations to...
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Winter holiday closures at Garfield County

December 21, 2021
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 23 and...
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New state law aims to replace faded license plates

December 21, 2021
The state of Colorado is implementing a new law that requires drivers to replace their old license plates with...
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Joshua Williams named new Garfield County Public Health director

December 21, 2021
Garfield County has named Joshua Williams its new public health director, a role he will take over on Jan....
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First case of the omicron variant detected on Colorado’s Western Slope

December 15, 2021
Garfield County Public Health was notified on December 15 that a vaccinated individual tested positive for the COVID-19 omicron...
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Garfield County CSU Extension celebrates busy 2021

December 15, 2021
The Garfield County Colorado State University Extension Office experienced a flurry of activity in 2021, including more than 330...
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Rifle Elks provide grant for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

December 15, 2021
The Rifle Elks Lodge # 2195 has presented a check for $1,167 to Sergeant Brent Baker with the Garfield...
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Garfield County COVID-19 update

December 14, 2021
Vaccine clinics are available for boosters, first and second doses, and youth on the COVID-19 vaccine page. *Check to...
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Rifle Garfield County Airport lands FAA grant

December 10, 2021
The Federal Aviation Administration has offered the Rifle Garfield County Airport a $59,000 Airport Rescue Grant that may be...
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Garfield County supports senior meals program

December 7, 2021
Garfield County has agreed to help fund home-delivered meals to seniors in the Carbondale area. The Board of County...
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Familiar faces returning to county’s fair board

November 24, 2021
Garfield County has reappointed Klayton Costanzo and Duston Harris to the fair board and is welcoming back Eileen Sheets,...
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Garfield County closures for Thanksgiving holiday

November 23, 2021
The Garfield County Landfill is closed Thursday and Friday this week. All Garfield County offices of elected officials and...
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COVID update: boosters, natural immunity, SMART cards

November 23, 2021
COVID-19 update for Garfield County. COVID vaccine clinics Many community providers are offering COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Counting booster doses...
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Garfield County amends Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan

November 18, 2021
Garfield County has approved a second amendment to its Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan, including an updated habitat map and...
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BOCC approves fourth-quarter discretionary grants

November 16, 2021
Garfield County has announced the recipients of its fourth-quarter Board of County Commissioners discretionary grants. Eight local nonprofits received...
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Residential building permits soar in Garfield County

November 15, 2021
Unincorporated Garfield County has experienced an increase in the number of residential building permits issued in 2021. Through October...
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Garfield County adopts proposed 2022 budget

November 10, 2021
Garfield County has adopted its 2022 proposed budget, which features a balanced $94.6 million operating budget and $6.5 million...
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Veterans Day closures

November 9, 2021
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Thursday, Nov. 11, in observance of...
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Hospitals encourage precautions to avoid illness

November 9, 2021
On Nov. 3, the Colorado Hospital Association moved the state’s hospitals and health systems to their highest level of...
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TRIDENT: Multiple suspects arrested in drug trafficking organization

November 8, 2021
The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT), along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), began an investigation earlier...
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Suspect fleeing burglary site ends in fatal vehicle crash on Four Mile Road

November 3, 2021
At approximately 7:20 p.m. on Tuesday November 2, 2021, Garfield County Sheriff's Office deputies were notified of a burglary...
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FDA and CDC approve vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds

November 2, 2021
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unanimously authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine for children...
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2021 tax lien sale

October 27, 2021
The 2021 tax lien sale takes place on Friday, Nov. 5. The sale will be administered by Realauction, and...
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2021 Coordinated Election

October 27, 2021
The 2021 Coordinated Election Day is Tuesday, November 2. Ballots must be received at a 24/7 ballot drop box, a...
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Garfield County grant supports Parachute trails plan

October 22, 2021
Garfield County has approved a $50,000 grant from its Conservation Trust Fund toward a new trails plan in the...
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Garfield County participating in opioid settlement

October 22, 2021
The State of Colorado has negotiated a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed against major pharmaceutical companies on...
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TANF service appointments offered in Parachute

October 22, 2021
Garfield County is partnering with the Garfield County School District 16 to bring limited Temporary Assistance for Needy Families...
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Garfield County Noxious Weed Advisory Board openings

October 18, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) currently seeks volunteers to serve on the county’s Noxious Weed Advisory...
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COVID UPDATE 10-12-21

October 12, 2021
Flu vaccine clinics are being held in locations throughout Garfield County in October. No appointment is needed. Free radon...
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Garfield County assessing future airport needs

October 8, 2021
Garfield County is assessing potential impacts, upgrades and trends that could affect the Rifle Garfield County Airport in the...
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Garfield County hazard mitigation plan underway

October 7, 2021
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County is currently updating its regional multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) for 2022. HMPs...
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COVID-19 update, flu vaccine available, free rapid testing, and radon tests

October 6, 2021
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Mini-grants are now available through Garfield County Public Health, as are flu vaccines and radon...
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Sample ballots for 2021 Coordinated Election

October 1, 2021
The 2021 Coordinated Election takes place on Tuesday, November 2. Sample ballots are available for viewing and mail ballots...
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Ruedi Reservoir boat ramp dock out of the water

September 23, 2021
Water levels are low at Ruedi Reservoir, causing the boat ramp dock to be below the paved surface and...
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K-12 school update, state hospitalization statistics

September 23, 2021
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Test positivity, incidence, and hospitalization rates are the key indicators used to measure the spread...
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Public Health offers COVID-19 vaccine mini-grants

September 20, 2021
To promote vaccination and protect residents locally, Garfield County Public Health (GCPH) announces and is accepting applications for a...
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Commissioners sign proclamation for Constitution Week

September 13, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has signed a proclamation honoring Constitution Week from Sept. 17 – 23....
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Additional safety signage requested on Highway 82

September 13, 2021
Garfield County has requested that the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) post additional signage close to the intersection of...
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Air Force Reserve training slated for Sept. 12-15

September 8, 2021
The Air Force Reserve is scheduled to conduct a special fuel operation training exercise at the Rifle Garfield County...
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COVID Summary: Seventy percent of Garfield County residents over 18 have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine

September 3, 2021
Garfield County has reached 70 percent of the population 18 and older having received at least one dose of...
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Disputed roads near De Beque again open to the public

September 3, 2021
For the second time in less than a year, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected High Lonesome...
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Labor Day closures

September 2, 2021
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Monday, Sept. 6, in observance of...
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Rifle Municipal Court announces Bench Warrant Amnesty Day

September 2, 2021
Important: At this time, bench warrant amnesty day applies only to those who have been issued a bench warrant...
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Latino Community Committee meeting in New Castle

August 31, 2021
A meeting of the Latino Community Committee is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the New...
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AGNC Economic Development Summit in Rifle

August 30, 2021
Associated Governments of Northwestern Colorado (AGNC) is hosting its 6th annual Economic Development Summit on Sept. 9, from 9...
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Sixty-seven percent of Garfield County residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose

August 25, 2021
A higher percentage of the overall Garfield County population is now vaccinated, with 67 percent having received at least...
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Monitoring shows good air quality in Garfield County

August 19, 2021
Garfield County’s ambient air monitoring program found that most volatile organic compounds are declining in the area and no...
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Youth vaccine rate increases to 50 percent

August 19, 2021
Garfield County Public Health considers the goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the county to be within reach. It...
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Glenwood Canyon boaters should expect variable river conditions

August 17, 2021
River users on the Colorado river in and downstream from Glenwood Canyon should expect variable and changing river conditions...
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Immunocompromised individuals can get extra vaccine dose at Garfield County Public Health

August 16, 2021
Immunocompromised individuals can now get an extra dose of COVID-19 vaccine at any scheduled Garfield County Public Health COVID-19...
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Garfield County earns clean audit review

August 12, 2021
Garfield County has again earned a strong financial review from an independent auditor, which found that the county’s financial...
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COVID-19 update: The vaccinated and unvaccinated gap

August 11, 2021
Nationally, there has been a 27 percent increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, with Colorado experiencing a 16 percent increase. Garfield...
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Garfield, Eagle counties mull Cottonwood Pass options

August 10, 2021
Commissioners from Garfield and Eagle countries met with Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials on Tuesday to discuss the...
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Polis seeks $116 million in federal aid to rebuild I-70 in Glenwood Canyon

August 9, 2021
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Polis administration is seeking $116 million in aid through the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Emergency Relief...
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Greyhound bus passengers rescued from Coffee Pot Road

August 9, 2021
Shortly after 6 p.m. on Friday August 6, 2021, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a Greyhound...
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Smoke moderate to unhealthy risk for particulates

August 9, 2021
Wildfires burning around the western United States are causing the air to be hazy with smoke in Colorado. The...
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Hikers rescued after a night in the Flat Tops Wilderness

August 6, 2021
Shortly after 11 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, Emergency Operations Division of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was notified...
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August 4, 2021 COVID-19 update

August 5, 2021
8.4.21 Comparing incidence rates of vaccinated vs unvaccinated, new CDC guidance, increase in first dose vaccines On July 27,...
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AGNC developing economic development strategy

August 5, 2021
Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC) has completed its public engagement phase in the update of its regional Comprehensive...
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Human Services Commission grants available 

August 2, 2021
Applications for Human Services Commission grants are due Friday, Aug. 13. Applicants include nonprofit corporations under section 501(c) (3)...
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Updated mask guidance from the CDC

July 29, 2021
On July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance on mask usage due...
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Fire restrictions lifted in many areas of Garfield County

July 28, 2021
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the seven Fire Districts in Garfield County and all Forest Service Lands in Garfield...
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New mortality data, $100 Comeback Cash announced for Rifle, back to school vaccines

July 27, 2021
There is a national discussion around whether reporting new cases or hospitalizations is the more appropriate metric. Nationally, COVID-19...
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Trash, shelters removed from Glenwood Springs homeless camp

July 23, 2021
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The Garfield County Environmental Health Department recently oversaw the cleanup of a Glenwood Springs property...
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Revenue bonds approved for housing initiatives

July 23, 2021
Garfield County has approved the allocation of revenue bonds toward residential rental projects and single-family mortgage loans for low-...
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Garfield County earns SolSmart gold designation

July 23, 2021
Garfield County has earned a SolSmart gold-level community designation for its efforts to promote solar energy. A national designation...
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COVID-19 update: A pandemic of the unvaccinated and other local COVID news

July 20, 2021
All COVID hospitalizations since June 1 for unvaccinated people Since June 1: • 100% of Garfield County residents hospitalized...
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Hard-sided campers only at Chapman, upper Fryingpan Valley

July 14, 2021
Due to an increase in bear activity, the White River National Forest is requiring all campers at Chapman Campground...
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Garfield County expanding Latino outreach

July 9, 2021
Garfield County is working with local leaders to improve communications with the Latino community throughout the region. The first...
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Airport lease paves way for new commercial hanger

July 9, 2021
Garfield County has agreed to a land lease with fixed base operator Atlantic Aviation for space at the Rifle...
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County pens resolution supporting two rural districts

July 9, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has signed a resolution supporting the creation of two wholly rural congressional...
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‘Wrong-way’ detection systems being installed along I-70

July 7, 2021
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor Colorado Barricade is installing wrong-way detection systems at 87 off-ramp locations...
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COVID-19 summary for the week of July 4

July 6, 2021
Changes with Public Health Order 20-38, vaccination disparity in Garfield municipalities, 10 deaths in 2 months, booster update, HIPAA...
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Independence Day closures

July 2, 2021
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Monday, July 5, in observance of...
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Humanitarian Awards

June 25, 2021
Nominate a humanitarian! The 2021 Humanitarian Awards is in the fall this year - Sept. 13. Now is the...
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Rifle Garfield County Airport to host Air Force Reserve training event

June 24, 2021
The Air Force Reserve is conducting a special fuel operation training exercise at the Rifle Garfield County Airport from...
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COVID-19 Presentation: June 22, 10 a.m., webinar

June 21, 2021
Grand River Health, Valley View Hospital and Garfield County Public Health are hosting a webinar to update the community...
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County partnership aims to further broadband goals

June 18, 2021
Garfield County is engaging in a partnership to help expand broadband access in the region through connections with existing...
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Stage 1 fire restrictions begin Friday, June 18, 2021

June 16, 2021
Stage 1 fire restrictions begin June 18, 2021 PRESS RELEASE June 16, 2021 The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau...
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Garfield County expands firework use prohibition

June 16, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has extended a prohibition on firework use in unincorporated Garfield County to...
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Veterans Resource Center open

June 14, 2021
The Jesse Beckius/Casey Owens Veterans Resource Center at 801 Colorado Avenue in Glenwood Springs is open following an expansion...
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Garfield County sees increase in ‘Delta’ variant cases

June 10, 2021
Garfield County Public Health is aware of an increased amount of cases of the Delta COVID-19 variant in neighboring...
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COVID-19 weekly summary 6-9-21

June 10, 2021
COVID-19 weekly summary 6.9.21 Hospitalization increases, vaccine rates by age, new Greek naming system for variants Hospitalizations: There has...
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Watershed protection projects continue in burn areas

June 10, 2021
Garfield County has contracted with local businesses on an Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP) to help mitigate potential impacts,...
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Three acts highlight 2021 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo concert

June 7, 2021
Good times, boot stompin’ and western dancing return to the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo this summer. The Friday...
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Summer travel season open on the White River National Forest

June 4, 2021
The summer motorized and mountain bike travel season is now open in most areas on the White River National...
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Construction projects set for I-70 mountain corridor

June 1, 2021
The Interstate 70 mountain corridor between Denver and Grand Junction have a busy construction season scheduled this spring and...
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Public Health issues COVID India variant update

May 28, 2021
COVID testing and gene sequencing have confirmed the B.1.617.2 India variant has now infected at least six people in...
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Memorial Day closures

May 28, 2021
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day....
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Bustang expanding service

May 27, 2021
The Bustang bus service that runs between Grand Junction and Denver has resumed full capacity seating and expanded its...
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Gastroenteritis outbreak in Garfield County

May 26, 2021
Garfield County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are investigating an increase of...
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K-9 Rex performs all that is asked of him and more

May 25, 2021
On Sunday May 23, 2021, Garfield County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved in a vehicular pursuit around 6 a.m....
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BLM seeking nominations to resource advisory boards

May 21, 2021
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for its Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) for existing...
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Logging operations planned along Buford-New Castle Road

May 21, 2021
Logging along the Buford-New Castle Road (NFSR 245) will begin next week and continue throughout the summer, and the...
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Coulter Lake and surrounding area closed to the public

May 21, 2021
The White River National Forest has issued a closure order for Coulter Lake and the surrounding area near Rifle...
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Veterans Resource Center grand reopening June 13

May 20, 2021
The Western Slope Veterans Coalition (WSVC) has invited the community to celebrate the expansion and reopening of the Jesse...
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COVID-19 weekly summary 5-18-21

May 19, 2021
COVID-19 weekly summary 5.18.21 Local/state mask changes & gatherings guidance Hospitalizations and illness reported mainly from unvaccinated individuals Garfield...
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Vaccine guidance for parents of middle and high school students

May 19, 2021
Youth ages 12 to 18 may now receive COVID-19 vaccines, however, some parents have hesitated to vaccinate their kids...
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Garfield County rescinds emergency COVID-19 declaration

May 18, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has rescinded its emergency declaration regarding COVID-19 precautions in light of greater...
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Homicide victim identity and cause of death released

May 17, 2021
Deputies responded to a call of an injured person along US Highway 6 just west of Parachute on Tuesday...
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The Vaccine is for Us project launch

May 17, 2021
Garfield County Public Health has launched a month-long campaign to humanize the COVID-19 illness, the process of getting vaccinated,...
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Garfield County Fair and Rodeo builds momentum

May 14, 2021
The Garfield County Fair and Rodeo returns to the fairgrounds in Rifle this summer, bringing back all the fun...
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Commissioners ink support for three Rep. Boebert bills

May 12, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners is supporting three pieces of legislation introduced by Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert...
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Garfield County supporting Garfield Clean Energy

May 10, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has approved a $150,000 grant supporting Garfield Clean Energy’s (GCE) efforts...
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Deceased body discovered north of Rifle

May 6, 2021
On May 5, 2021, at approximately 2 p.m., the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call north of...
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COVID-19 weekly summary

May 4, 2021
COVID-19 weekly summary 5.4.21 53% of Garfield vaccinated, pop-up clinics scheduled throughout county, variant update Vaccines (Johnson & Johnson,...
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Sheriff’s vehicle donated to Lower Valley Fire District

May 3, 2021
Garfield County has donated a decommissioned 2012 Chevy Tahoe to the Lower Valley Fire District (LVFD) in Fruita for...
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Valuations mailed to Garfield County property owners

May 3, 2021
The Garfield County Assessor’s Office has mailed the 2021 Notice of Valuation (NOV) to every property owner in Garfield...
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Walk-up, no appointment vaccines offered at Public Health

April 23, 2021
Garfield County Public Health now offers the option of walk-in COVID vaccines at any of the scheduled weekly Public...
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Garfield County resolution on COVID guidance

April 19, 2021
During the April 19 Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board passed a resolution providing guidance following the expiration...
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GCSO jail inmate declared deceased (updated release)

April 19, 2021
On Sunday April 18, 2021, shortly after 5 a.m., Oscar Canas (DOB :05/02/01) was discovered to be non-responsive in...
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Update on COVID-19 Outbreak at the Garfield County Jail

April 15, 2021
Following the April 8, 2021 press release that notified the public of a recent COVID-19 outbreak in the Garfield...
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Garfield County to receive $227,000 in National Forest Reserve payments

April 14, 2021
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County is expecting to receive $226,979 in National Forest Reserve payments for the year...
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COVID-19 weekly summary 4-14-21

April 14, 2021
COVID-19 weekly summary 4.14.21 State dial changes uncertain, 46% of Garfield County vaccinated, J&J replaced by Moderna at county...
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Garfield County Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinics

April 13, 2021
PRESS RELEASE April 13, 2021 Continue to check here for new appointments or as cancellations occur for tonight's clinic...
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Garfield County Sheriff’s Office temporarily closed to public

April 8, 2021
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – Confirmed COVID-19 cases among inmates and staff at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office / Detention...
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Garfield County approves grants for local animal shelters

April 7, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has approved two grants totaling $420,000 to the Colorado Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E.)...
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Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic registration open

April 5, 2021
The CDC & FDA have paused all Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We are keeping all appointments made for an...
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Vaccine opens for all; how to get your shot

April 2, 2021
All Coloradans 16 and up will be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine and those 18 and up are...
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Garfield County moves to Level Yellow; 5 Star program information awaiting clarification

April 1, 2021
The state officially moved Garfield County to Level Yellow on the COVID-19 Dial due to a surge in COVID...
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How to find and sign up for Garfield County Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinics

April 1, 2021
Current information on all vaccinating providers in Garfield County and Public Health clinics will be listed on the Garfield...
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Garfield County hosting community forum on health insurance affordability

March 31, 2021
Garfield County is hosting a virtual community forum on the affordability of healthcare insurance in the region on Monday,...
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Grizzly Creek closure ends April 1

March 31, 2021
The White River National Forest is lifting the closure for the Grizzly Creek Fire on April 1. This includes...
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High-speed chase on I-70 through Garfield County ends quietly

March 26, 2021
On March 25, 2021 at approximately 10:30 a.m., a deputy from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop...
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Deputy avoids serious injury while re-entering his vehicle

March 26, 2021
At approximately 4:20 a.m. on Friday, March 26, 2021, a Garfield County Sheriff’s vehicle was struck by a passing...
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COVID dial changes ease restrictions on businesses

March 24, 2021
The state of Colorado has approved changes to its COVID dial, easing many restrictions on businesses and making it...
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Vaccine clinics for Phase 1B.4 in Glenwood, Rifle

March 23, 2021
Clinics take place Wednesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 25 Garfield County Public Health is administering the first dose...
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Public Health partnerships help promote nutrition

March 19, 2021
Garfield County Public Health partnered with numerous local nonprofits and programs to help provide families impacted by the COVID-19...
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Public Health guidance for planning events in Garfield County

March 18, 2021
Spring and summer are busy seasons for event planners in Garfield County. Event organizers must complete the appropriate forms...
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Prescribed burns planned in Garfield County near Silt

March 18, 2021
Fire managers from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are hoping conditions will be ideal in the...
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Garfield County aids landowners in controlling noxious weeds

March 17, 2021
Applications are available for 2021 Noxious Weed Cost Share program Garfield County and the Bookcliff, Mount Sopris, and South...
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Mesa County becomes part of state-supported COVID-19 vaccine sites

March 17, 2021
The Mesa County Convention Center is now a state-supported COVID-19 community vaccination site. Beginning on March 17, people from...
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Commissioners’ letter petitions Gov. Polis to reopen county

March 16, 2021
More than 25,000 vaccines have been administered in Garfield County The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has submitted...
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COVID-19 testing and vaccines in Garfield County

March 16, 2021
Vaccines and testing for COVID-19 is available at locations across Garfield County. If a person is exhibiting symptoms, they...
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COVID-19 weekly summary – March 16, 2021

March 16, 2021
One year with COVID, Phase 1B.4 opens, spring break predictions, variant updates One year with COVID Sunday, March 14,...
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Garfield County backs West Slope meat producers

March 16, 2021
Commissioners back “All Meats March” in response to governor’s meatless promotion Garfield County Commissioners proclaimed March of this year...
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Garfield County utilizing technology to clean air, limit COVID spread

March 15, 2021
Ionization system installed in Garfield County facilities kills bacteria, inactivates viruses Garfield County has taken another step to ensure...
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Garfield County grants $300,000 to Parachute for transit

March 11, 2021
Parachute Area Transit System ridership increasing month to month Garfield County has approved a $300,000 grant to support the...
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Garfield County Commissioners oppose DeGette wilderness bill

March 11, 2021
Colorado Wilderness Act would designate more than 71,000 acres in the county Garfield County has submitted a letter in...
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COVID-19 weekly summary 3-8-21

March 9, 2021
CDC news, vaccinated people can meet in private settings The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its...
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Public Health Order Dial changes for Garfield County

March 9, 2021
Garfield County Public Health Consumer Protection staff have reviewed the Eighth Amended Public Health Order 20-36 and outlined some...
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Policy directives pave the road for accomplishments

March 5, 2021
Garfield County Commissioners’ directives help projects, policy come to fruition Garfield County accomplished much of its 2020 goals through...
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Janssen vaccine deployed to regional sites

March 4, 2021
The state has allocated some of Colorado’s first doses of the Janssen (also known as Johnson and Johnson) vaccine...
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COVID-19 weekly summary 3-2-21

March 2, 2021
Garfield County’s test positivity is still below 5 percent, but up slightly from last week and the incidence rate...
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Seats open on two planning boards

March 1, 2021
Seats are open for citizen volunteers to serve on the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment. Members of both...
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State moves Garfield County from Yellow to Blue

February 25, 2021
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has been notified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)...
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COVID-19 weekly summary 2-23-21

February 23, 2021
Vaccine clinics rescheduled due to storm Last week’s storm disrupted vaccine clinics across the nation and at Valley View...
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Garfield County achieves success with capital projects

February 23, 2021
During a year filled with uncertainty, Garfield County was able to achieve a high percentage of important capital projects...
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Garfield County work to be presented in CDC panel on COVID vaccines

February 22, 2021
Since November, Garfield County has been taking part in a project with the National Association of County and City...
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Garfield County appoints two to fair board

February 22, 2021
Garfield County has appointed Tyler Davis and Leah Bergener to the Garfield County Fair Board, filling the two final...
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Garfield County opposing ‘30 x 30’ executive order

February 17, 2021
Garfield County is opposing an executive order by President Joe Biden that would permanently preserve 30 percent of public...
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COVID-19 summary for 2.15.21

February 16, 2021
Garfield County COVID-19 summary Case decreases, vaccination efforts for 65+, variant update for 2.15.21   Decrease in COVID-19 cases...
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Continental Divide Trail corridor preservation

February 16, 2021
The White River National Forest has acquired 22 parcels along the Continental Divide between Grays Peak and Georgia Pass...
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Garfield County grants $30,500 to local nonprofits

February 11, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has approved more than $30,000 in first quarter discretionary grants to local...
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Garfield County office closures for Presidents Day

February 11, 2021
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Monday, Feb. 15, for Presidents Day....
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Garfield County Fair and Rodeo schedule set

February 10, 2021
The main event schedule is set for the 83rd annual Garfield County Fair and Rodeo, which includes its customary...
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Garfield County COVID-19 Summary for the week of 2.8.21

February 9, 2021
Garfield County COVID-19 summary Dial 2.0 changes, Level Yellow restrictions, 5 Star updates and more for the week of...
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CDOT seeking comments on Vail Pass rest area replacement

February 8, 2021
The Colorado Department of Transportation is in the design phase of the Vail Pass Rest Area Replacement Project on...
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Garfield County honored by GFOA

February 8, 2021
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has again honored Garfield County in achieving the highest standards in accounting and...
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Commissioners appoint Beckley to Colorado River District board

February 4, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has appointed Steve Beckley as its representative on the Colorado River District...
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District court confirms Garfield County’s authority to regulate limestone quarry

February 2, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) obtained a significant victory in its litigation against Rocky Mountain Industrials,...
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Garfield County COVID-19 Summary for the week of 2.1.21

February 2, 2021
Data update:  Garfield County has remained in Level Yellow for Stable/Declining Hospitalizations and two-week cumulative Test Positivity levels. The...
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Bustang Outrider launches new mobile app

February 2, 2021
People who want to travel on Bustang Outrider now have another option for purchasing tickets in a cash-free, contactless,...
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CDPHE, Garfield County Public Health investigate possible case of COVID variant

February 1, 2021
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County Public Health and Roaring Fork Schools have been made aware that a Sopris...
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5 Star Business Certification Program approval

January 29, 2021
The Garfield County 5 Star Program Administrative Committee’s application to implement a 5 Star certified business variance program in...
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COVID-19 vaccine update

January 28, 2021
Early doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been limited to Garfield County’s emergency workers and people age 70 and...
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Garfield County property tax notices are in the mail

January 27, 2021
Garfield County property tax notices are in the mail, and residents can expect them in the coming days. Approximately...
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Commissioners announce policy directives for 2021

January 27, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has unveiled its policy directives and action plan for the year,...
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Curative van to utilize nasal swab testing for symptomatic people only

January 22, 2021
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced earlier this week that it will no longer use...
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Schedule your COVID-19 vaccinations – 70 and up

January 20, 2021
People who are 70 years old and up must make appointments with local hospitals to receive the COVID-19 vaccine....
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Garfield County supporting AVLT ranch project

January 20, 2021
Garfield County is backing the Aspen Valley Land Trust’s (AVLT) purchase of a ranch property near Carbondale for use...
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Garfield County receives $5.8 million Ursa tax payment

January 19, 2021
The Garfield County Treasurer’s office has received a $5.8 million dollar payment from URSA for 2019 taxes, payable in...
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Silt adds new COVID testing site; Rifle / Parachute testing sites have a permanent time change

January 14, 2021
Garfield County, CO – Roaring Fork COVID testing will add a Silt testing site location beginning Monday January 18....
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COVID-19 precautions impact the local flu season

January 13, 2021
The spread of influenza (flu) in the state of Colorado is currently sporadic. A recent Colorado Department of Public...
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Join the Garfield County Fair Board

January 13, 2021
Garfield County Fair Board members are needed for the remainder of 2021 and future years. Volunteer fair board members...
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Garfield County COVID-19 summary for 1.12.21

January 12, 2021
Garfield County, CO – Garfield County is averaging approximately 41 COVID-19 cases per day. This is significantly below the...
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CDOT Highway 13 construction completed

January 8, 2021
The Colorado Department of Transportation has completed its construction and widening of Highway 13 north of Rifle. Striping of...
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New guidance on timeframes and how to live with someone who is infected with COVID-19 virus

January 8, 2021
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – It can be understandably confusing for people to follow the requirements of quarantine and isolation...
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Free weekly COVID-19 community testing available for Parachute, Rifle and New Castle

January 8, 2021
Garfield County, CO – Western Garfield free COVID testing is now available through a Curative mobile van location that...
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Garfield County sponsoring wildfire burn area mitigation work

January 6, 2021
Garfield County is continuing its support of an Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) plan to help property owners who were...
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COVID vaccinations ongoing for 1A and some 1B categories, including people 70 and older

January 4, 2021
Valley View and Grand River Health hospitals are currently administering the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available to people...
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Disputed roads near DeBeque confirmed as public

December 31, 2020
A Colorado District Court judge has ruled in favor of Garfield County in a case that determined two roads...
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Elected officials’ swearing-in ceremonies Jan. 12

December 30, 2020
Swearing-in ceremonies for recently elected Garfield County Commissioners and the 9th Judicial District Attorney are taking place on Tuesday,...
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Garfield County honors public health’s dedication

December 28, 2020
The tireless efforts of the Garfield County Public Health Department to protect the safety and well-being of the citizens...
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County Road and Bridge building goes solar

December 23, 2020
The Garfield County Road and Bridge facility near Cattle Creek south of Glenwood Springs is now powered by the...
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COVID-19 testing

December 21, 2020
Western Garfield free COVID testing is now available through a Curative mobile van location that will be available each...
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Vehicle thefts continue in Garfield County

December 17, 2020
Vehicle thefts continue in Garfield County GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, two Toyota 4Runners were...
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County to enforce orange level COVID-19 dial standards for businesses

December 16, 2020
Under a new resolution, Garfield County is enforcing orange level regulations, plus existing variances, on the state’s COVID-19 dial...
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Garfield County approves slimmed-down 2021 budget

December 16, 2020
Garfield County approves slimmed-down 2021 budget Fund balance projected at $81.8 million by the end of next year GARFIELD...
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CDOT unveils I-70 truck driver safety video

December 16, 2020
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has release an educational driving safety video for truckers who travel along Interstate...
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Free flu vaccine clinic; one day only

December 15, 2020
Garfield County Public Health and Castle Valley Children Clinic are offering a free flu vaccine clinic in New Castle...
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Garfield County holiday closures

December 11, 2020
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24-25, 2020...
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Five COVID-related deaths confirmed in Garfield County

December 7, 2020
Garfield County Public Health has confirmed five COVID-19 related deaths in Garfield County. The individuals passed away between the...
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Garfield County Noxious Weed Advisory Board opening

December 2, 2020
The Board of County Commissioners seeks volunteers to serve on the county’s Noxious Weed Advisory Board. This board provides...
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Garfield County Fair Board appoints new chairs

November 30, 2020
The Garfield County Fair Board has named its new president, vice president and sub-committee chairs. Klayton Costanzo was elected...
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Thanksgiving closures

November 23, 2020
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments are closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27, for...
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County requests to keep state COVID dial at yellow

November 18, 2020
Garfield County has asked the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to remain at the moderate yellow...
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Garfield County grants $16,000 to local nonprofits

November 18, 2020
Garfield County has awarded $16,000 to local nonprofits from the Board of County Commissioners’ Discretionary Grant Fund for the...
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High Efficiency Boilers Yield Financial Rewards

November 17, 2020
Sheriff Lou Vallario of Garfield County and Facilities Maintenance Manger Adrian Ceja receive a rebate check for thirty seven...
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Sixth Garfield County resident passes away from complications due to COVID-19

November 13, 2020
A Garfield County woman in her eighties has died from complications due to COVID-19. This is the sixth death...
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Independence Pass winter closure

November 12, 2020
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is closing Highway 82 over Independence Pass at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov....
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Vehicle thefts on the rise in and around Garfield County

November 10, 2020
The last several weeks have seen a rash of vehicle thefts occurring in Garfield County, Eagle County and Mesa...
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Veterans Day closures

November 10, 2020
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, for Veterans...
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Sharp increase in cases; new COVID-19 data page for Garfield County

November 6, 2020
There has been a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in Garfield County. The Garfield County COVID-19 Data website has...
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New scale house open at landfill

November 5, 2020
The news scale house at the Garfield County Landfill in Rifle is officially open. The facility is open from...
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Criminal Justice Center isolating symptomatic clients

October 30, 2020
Confirmed cases at the Garfield County Criminal Justice Center include 10 clients and four staff as of the time...
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WRNF lifting fire restrictions

October 29, 2020
Most ranger districts on the White River National Forest are lifting fire restrictions, with the exception of the Dillion...
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Mobile addiction treatment unit comes to Rifle

October 28, 2020
Colorado’s largest and most highly accessed network of outpatient addiction treatment centers is bringing mobile health to 18 counties...
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Board honors Merritt’s commitment to water issues

October 20, 2020
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) honored Colorado River District President Dave Merritt for his decades of...
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FMLD grant recipients announced

October 16, 2020
The Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District has announced the recipients for its fall 2020 grant cycle. The Town...
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Parachute transit system up and running

October 16, 2020
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The new Parachute Area Transit System (PATS) is in full operation, connecting commuters from Parachute...
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Garfield County grants Salvation Army $50,000

October 16, 2020
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has approved a $50,000 grant to the local Salvation Army to help with...
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Red Hill recreation area officially reopened

October 14, 2020
The new parking and trails area at Red Hill Special Recreation Area near Carbondale has officially opened to the...
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Garfield County applauds 4-H

October 12, 2020
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The Board of County Commissioners is officially recognizing the efforts of 4-H, America’s largest youth...
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Garfield County Commissioners back AVLT grant application

October 12, 2020
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has signed a letter of support to help the Aspen Valley Land Trust...
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4-H youth development professional sought

October 8, 2020
Colorado State University Extension and Garfield County are seeking a youth development professional with the experience and skills to...
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BLM district realignment

October 8, 2020
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has realigned its district boundaries in Colorado to improve public and wildland firefighter...
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4-H youth development professional sought

October 7, 2020
4-H youth development professional sought Colorado State University Extension and Garfield County are seeking a youth development professional with...
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Flu vaccinations especially important in 2020

October 7, 2020
Getting your flu shot is always important, but this year with the additional circulation of the novel coronavirus, health...
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Halloween guidance concerning COVID-19

October 7, 2020
Garfield County Public Health wants everyone to have a safe and healthy Halloween. It might look a little different...
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Community engagement brings equitable solutions to food access across the region

September 28, 2020
The community has a new regional coalition focused on putting the community at the forefront of developing solutions to...
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Report finds good air quality in Garfield County

September 24, 2020
An air quality monitoring network has reported that Garfield County experienced good air quality index (AQI) for all 365...
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BOCC supports river district ballot initiative

September 23, 2020
The Garfield County Commissioners are supporting a ballot initiative going to voters by the Colorado River Water Conservation District...
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Silt interchange matching grant approved

September 23, 2020
Garfield County has approved the reauthorization of a matching grant for $175,000 toward a new Interstate 70 interchange at...
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Garfield County urges students to get their library cards

September 22, 2020
Garfield County is supporting education and our local libraries by urging children and students to sign-up for their library...
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Fire restrictions in Garfield County reduced to stage 1

September 17, 2020
The Garfield County Sheriff, and the seven fire districts in Garfield County, as well as BLM, moved to Stage...
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Reel it in! to support River Bridge

September 15, 2020
Whether you fish in a river, lake, pond, or ocean, join our fundraiser from Sept. 23 to Oct. 11...
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County adopting federal lands natural resources plan

September 10, 2020
Garfield County has concluded its Federal Lands Natural Resources Coordination Plan and Policies document, which will guide the county’s...
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Noxious weed treatments

September 10, 2020
The fall is a great time to treat noxious weeds and Garfield County Vegetation Management is encouraging landowners to...
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Humanitarian awards Sept. 14

September 4, 2020
The 2020 Humanitarian Awards will be an online Zoom event this year, planned for September 14 at 5:30 pm!...
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Labor Day closure

September 4, 2020
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments will be closed Monday, September 7, for Labor...
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Emergency declared over wildfires in Garfield County

August 14, 2020
Emergency declared over wildfires in Garfield County GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has declared a local disaster emergency...
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Stage 2 fire restrictions

August 13, 2020
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the seven Fire Districts in Garfield County, along with the Bureau of Land...
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Pine Gulch Fire affecting Garfield County air quality

August 10, 2020
  GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Smoke from the Pine Gulch Fire burning north of Grand Junction is affecting air...
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Differentiating isolation and quarantine in COVID-19

August 7, 2020
Two different letters are distributed to people in the community that have been exposed to COVID-19; one focused on...
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County airport lands $3.1 million FAA grant

August 5, 2020
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has secured a $3.1 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) toward...
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Silt receives CDOT Revitalizing Main Street grant

August 3, 2020
The Town of Silt has received a $32,421 grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) toward improving sidewalks...
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COVID-19 outbreaks arise in local faith-based groups

July 31, 2020
Two different faith-based groups in Garfield County have experienced outbreaks of COVID-19 among worshippers, and Garfield County Public Health...
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Residents asked to beware of mysterious seed packets

July 31, 2020
Residents asked to beware of mysterious seed packets Local residents have been receiving strange seeds from China in the...
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Navigating HR during COVID-19 at 11 am

July 30, 2020
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Local business owners and representatives are invited to an online meeting discussing methods for navigating...
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Junior Livestock Sale is July 30 – Aug. 1

July 28, 2020
The Junior Livestock Show by 4-H and FFA youth of their prize-winning livestock, rabbits and poultry takes place this...
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County continues to connect public with needed services

July 24, 2020
The Garfield County Department of Human Services (DHS) continues to provide essential services for people seeking assistance during the...
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County approves additional $500,000 to address limestone extraction matters

July 21, 2020
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has approved a supplemental budget request of $500,000 to cover expenses for...
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Mask Up and Do MORE in Garfield County

July 15, 2020
In an effort to remind visitors and residents how we can all help reverse the current trend line and...
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County appoints new veterans’ services officer

July 14, 2020
Garfield County has appointed David Pruett as new veterans’ services officer for a two-year term that began on July...
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Garfield County reports fourth COVID-19 death

July 14, 2020
As coronavirus cases in Garfield County continue to increase, Garfield County Public Health reports that a fourth person has...
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WRNF urges caution with dry conditions

July 10, 2020
White River National Forest officials continue to urge visitors to use caution as fuel moisture conditions in the forest...
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Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin counties to implement regional testing strategy for COVID-19

July 9, 2020
Public health departments in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties are coordinating their regional testing strategies for COVID-19. Testing is...
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Condie named ‘Aviation Professional of the Year’

July 7, 2020
Rifle Garfield County Airport Director Brian Condie has been honored the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics and...
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BOCC: take precautions to limit COVID-19 spread

July 2, 2020
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) requests residents and visitors take simple actions and personal responsibility to...
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County receiving more than $3.3 million in PILT funds

July 1, 2020
More than 1,900 local governments around the country are receiving $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT)...
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Fourth of July closures

July 1, 2020
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments will be closed Friday, July 3, for Independence...
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Third COVID-19 death reported in Garfield County

June 30, 2020
A third Garfield County resident has died from COVID-19. This news comes as cases of the virus continue to...
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Human Services Commission grants available

June 30, 2020
Garfield County Human Services Commission grants are now available to qualifying nonprofit 501(c) (3) agencies. The applications are due...
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Stage I fire restrictions in effect

June 25, 2020
The Garfield County Sheriff, and the seven fire districts in Garfield County are implementing Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective...
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Parachute officer shares personal struggle with COVID-19

June 25, 2020
As 42-year-old Police Sergeant Justin Mayfield walks around his garage, you can hear heavy breathing, an indication of the...
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Increase in COVID cases may threaten variance

June 25, 2020
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – A concerning uptick in COVID-19 cases could put Garfield County’s variance from the state in...
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County sees 40 new COVID-19 cases in past week

June 23, 2020
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has experienced significant growth in the number of COVID-19 cases, with 40 new...
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CDOT secures grant for Vail Pass improvements

June 19, 2020
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has received a $60.7 mi