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Gypsum firefighter found dead Friday

A Gypsum Fire Protection District firefighter was found early Friday morning. According to a release from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, there’s nothing suspicious in the incident. The cause of death and name of the individual are not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. This is still an active investigation.
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Eagle County to seek court order to force Basalt school to comply with mask mandate

A battle over individual rights versus public health during a pandemic is coming to a head in the Roaring Fork Valley portion of Eagle County. The Eagle County commissioners voted 2-0 Thursday — acting as the Board of Health — to direct their attorney to file a civil action that could require Cornerstone Christian School to follow a mask mandate if it continues in-person education. The request would have to be approved by a judge.
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No bond reduction in Rifle child sexual assault case that now involves six victims

A Rifle man now accused of sexually assaulting six minors in his trust over multiple years will remain in the Garfield County Jail on $100,000 bond. Garfield District Judge Denise Lynch on Thursday denied a request from the man’s defense attorney to reduce bond to $50,000, noting the severity of the case and the growing number of alleged victims who have come forward.
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Silt home invasion suspect pleads not guilty by insanity

A Rifle man accused of using a handgun to forcefully enter a Silt foster home pleaded not guilty by insanity and mental condition Thursday in Garfield County District Court. Janvier Pinkard, 36, faces several felonies, including menacing, first-degree burglary, criminal intent first-degree kidnapping, felon in possession of a weapon and intimidation of a victim, among other charges.

Local Vail Moguls Champs Are Hometown Besties, Too

When Kai Owens made the U.S. Ski Team at age 14, the local mogul skier didn’t have to look far for a guide. She had skied with another team member, Tess Johnson, since she was 6 at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. Johnson had also made the U.S. team at age 14. Now the two are 17 and 21, respectively, and favorites to compete together at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Glenwood Canyon monitoring project gets funding for second phase

SILT — Water managers are dealing with the after effects of the Grizzly Creek Fire and subsequent mudslides in Glenwood Canyon by continuing a water quality monitoring program. The Middle Colorado Watershed Council received funding approval this week for the second phase of a program that will continue to collect...
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Glenwood Meadows developers sue Glenwood Springs after council denies apartments proposal

Glenwood Springs City Council’s denial of a proposed Glenwood Meadows development is the subject of a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Glenwood Meadows LLC and its prospective developer, BLD Group, submitted a complaint against the city and its council, alleging the Nov. 18 tie vote, which resulted in the denial of BLD’s proposed development, was an abuse of discretion and exceeded the council’s jurisdiction, according to court documents.
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Obituary: Robert Harper

Robert Harper passed away peacefully on November 26, 2021. Robert was born on December 2, 1920. He was 6 days short of being 101 year old. He grew up in Coastsville Pennsylvania then moved to Lancaster Pennsylvania where he met and married his wife of 52 years, Marion Mercer Harper. They loved to travel all around the country in their airstream trailer. After her death he later remarried Winnie Dumphy and they were married for 12 years. Robert was a veteran of the United States Army. Robert loved to play the violin and made beautiful music. He also loved to read, especially the newspaper. He also started and wrote for the “Rifle Housing News” for the senior housing residents. In 2016 Robert moved to the Rifle Veterans Home where he lived for the last five years. He was so loved by all the employees (his second family) and he loved them all so much.

Find Your Wings in Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs, the historic, hot springs town is flying high with its newest public art the Wings of Glenwood Springs!. The latest craze in the historic Colorado mountain town is public wing art. There are currently nine sets of eye-catching wings tucked away in discrete areas of the downtown core. You will find them in alleyways, on historic buildings, and even in pocket parks.
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Glenwood Springs coke ovens could receive historic landmark treatment with commitment from City Council, Garfield County Commission

With support from Glenwood Springs City Council and the Garfield County Commission, the Cardiff coke ovens could be preserved as a historical attraction for years to come. During the council’s regular meeting Thursday, council members approved a motion to write a letter of intent to donate up to $50,000 for grant match funding to the Glenwood Springs Historical Society.
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Rifle’s Hometown Holiday kicks off this weekend

A major festival is coming back to Rifle and bringing the holiday spirit with it. Rifle’s Hometown Holiday, an annual event typically offering visits with Santa Claus, a tree-lighting ceremony, parade of lights and more holiday-related festivities, kicked off this week. It’s the first in-person Hometown Holiday since 2019, after 2020’s festival was placed on hold due to COVID-19.

Express Yourself: Andy Warhol, Labor of Love and More

This week's Express Yourself brings you the latest and greatest creative happenings up and down the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond, including an interview with Melissa English and Sonya Taylor Moore at the Powers Art Center about their new exhibition featuring Andy Warhol. We'll also highlight the Redstone Holiday Market, happening this Saturday, plus a sneak preview of KDNK's Labor of Love Auction, which kicks off Friday at 5pm.

Best Luxury Cabins at Vail and Beaver Creek

Secluded in the glades of Game Creek Bowl sits Vail’s only, and most exclusive, on-mountain overnight accommodations: Game Creek Chalet (from $3,000/night), a 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom European-style cabin staffed with a private chef, a mountain guide, a concierge, and a ski instructor, with snowcat shuttle service to and from the upper terminal of the Eagle Bahn Gondola. In Beaver Creek, Trappers Cabin (from $3,500/night), that resort’s most exclusive and only on-mountain overnight lodging, is a 3,000-square-foot luxury log cabin nested in an aspen grove at the bottom of McCoy Park in Bachelor Gulch at 9,500 feet. The seven-bedroom cabin sleeps 10, and amenities include a wood-burning fireplace, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a private chef, a mountain guide, a concierge, and a ski instructor, with snowcat transportation to and from Beaver Creek Village.
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Obituary: Jackie Hoar-Petree

Jackie passed away peacefully and looking forward to her place in heaven. Jackie was born in Lancaster, PA but moved to Rifle in the early 80’s. She loved her family deeply but her biggest joy were her granddaughters. Jackie is survived by her daughter Stephanie(Travis) May, stepson Keith(Shawna) Petree, granddaughters Elizabeth, Maci May, Jadyn, Rylan Petree, Brothers Steve(Chris) Hoar, Ben(Dawn) Hoar, sister Daryl(Jim) Fritsch, special sister Vic, brother in law Dennis(Jackie)Petree, sister in law Debbie Reed and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at New Life Fellowship Church December 3rd at 11:00am with a reception to follow at the Rifle Elks Lodge.
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Redstone to host second annual holiday market

Redstone’s one and only road will be turned into a line of tents and storefront stations peddling crafts Saturday. A week after its Grand Illumination celebration, the town is hosting its second annual holiday market, stretching 30 artists down Redstone Boulevard from the Redstone Inn down to Propaganda Pie. The event was started to create income for local artists during the pandemic but now is slated to be a yearly offering in the town.
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Sundin column: Sayonara, a parting shot for my final PI column

This will be my 500th column — my final column in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. A little information about me: I was born on April 2, 1926, and grew up in Jamestown, New York, graduating from high school in 1943. This makes me more than 95 years old — time to quit writing newspaper columns.
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With baskets program, there’s still time to spread holiday cheer

Adopting angels still have time to help families in need with the purchase of Christmas gifts, but they’d better act fast, said Anne Blackwell, chairperson of the Holiday Baskets Program. For 40 years, the local, volunteer-run program has donated gifts to families between Aspen and Rifle. Anyone can volunteer to...
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Local news in brief, Dec. 4

Nonprofit invites public to tree cutting, meet-and-greet. Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop has hired Omar Sarabia to serve as director of the nonprofit’s Defiende Nuestra Tierra (“Defend Our Land”) program. The community is invited to meet Sarabia on Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the Posada & Christmas Tree Cutting...