Officials from the Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) are inviting the public to a community open house to review work completed so far on the 20-year airport master plan, and to provide input on improvements being contemplated for the future.
The open house will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 2 at the EGE Terminal Building, located at 217 Eldon Wilson Road in Gypsum. All interested community members are encouraged to attend.
Eagle County Aviation Director Greg Phillips said the airport master planning process provides a comprehensive evaluation and plan for future airport improvements to enhance safety and meet projected demand in a thoughtful and strategic manner.
"We are excited to extend this opportunity to community members to hear about the possibilities of improvements at the airport," said Phillips.
According to Phillips, the master plan is an essential element in ensuring eligibility and funding for airport capital improvement projects from both the Federal Aviation Administration and Colorado Department of Transportation Aeronautics.
"We have been successful in receiving significant federal and state grants to ensure the viability of this important community asset," Phillips said. "The master plan will help us to continue this success in the future."
A citizen advisory committee made up of more than 30 community members, as well as airport staff, the Eagle County Commissioners, CDOT Aeronautics and the FAA have provided input and direction throughout the process so far. User surveys and focus groups were utilized to garner additional input. At the July 2 open house, community members will have an opportunity to view a variety of alternatives addressing potential improvements to the airfield, terminal and land-side facilities such as hangars, parking and roadways.-
Work already completed includes an inventory of current facilities, forecasts of future aviation activity and recommended safety improvements. Following the open house, further refinement of the alternatives will be completed including a financial feasibility analysis.
Ninety-five percent of the $595,229 planning project is being funded through a grant from the FAA. The county has partnered with Jviation, an airport planning firm based in Denver, to facilitate the process. Additional information regarding the Master Plan and work completed can be found at www.eaglecounty.us/EGEMasterPlan, or call (970) 328-2680 for more information.
- Enterprise staff report
A free Christian hip-hop concert will have Gypsum's Lundgren Theater bumpin' from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 30.
Hip Hoppin' in EyGyp features six artists and is especially geared for teenagers as part of an outreach program. Emcees Dekree, MVP, Rollah, Rebourne Again and the duo Raized 2 Life will take the stage.
There will also be a positive-rap contest (no cuss words), food vendors and door-prize giveaways. Raffle tickets for the door prizes are handed to concert go'ers at the door. The rap song winner will get a $100 Visa card and a recording of his or her song.
Gypsum's IMPACT Ministries is partnering with G-LIFE Outreach to make the concert possible. The Central New Life Christian Church of Eagle County, Word of Life and Calvary Christian Fellowship are also helping with performances or their own during the event.
G-LIFE is a program based in Colorado Springs that aims to keep kids out of gangs. IMPACT Ministries is a Christ-centered program in Gypsum designed to help people resist or overcome problems like substance abuse.
IMPACT founder Josie Archuleta said the program has been helping adults since it started last summer but she wants to get more youths involved.
For more information, visit www.impactarchministries.org or contact Archuleta at (970) 401-1053 or at email@example.com. For more information about G-LIFE, visit www.glifeoutreach.org.
- Enterprise staff report
Construction of the obstacle course for Gypsum's Dirty Dozen 5K race on July 14 is under way.
Scott Green Excavating is currently building a mud pit 20 feet wide by 100 feet long," said Scott Ruff, manager of the Gypsum Recreation Center and organizer of the event.
Time is also running out to sign up for the race at a reduced price. The entry fee is $50 until July 2, when it goes up to $65. All children under 12 may participate for $25. The cost of registration includes a T-shirt, a ticket for one beer and admission to the Collin Raye concert at Lundgren Theater.
Non-racers may enjoy the all-day festivities, including the concert, for $15. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
The Dirty Dozen race is from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and involves 12 muddy, military-style obstacles. It was inspired by Beaver Creek's Tough Mudder race but it will be much mellower, designed for fun of all ages.As the race runs its course, music gets started and food and craft vendors will be on site. A beer garden is planned from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and "family mud games" will entertain everyone from 2:30 to 3 p.m. at the Lundgren Theater Park.
Music-wise, the local band Already Gone plays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Another local band, Derringer, plays from noon to 2:30 p.m. White Water Ramble, a Denver band, plays from 3 to 5 p.m. A talent show is from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and then Collin Raye takes the stage.
To register as a racer or learn more about the event, contact the Gypsum Recreation Center at (970) 777-8888 or visit the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District's website at www.wecmrd.org.
- Derek Franz
The land is as dry and the fire danger is as high as it's been in a long, long time - higher than 2002.
"We're worried about beer bottles, optics lying on the street (which could start a fire like a magnifying glass)," said Gypsum Fire Protection District Chief Dave Vroman at Tuesday's Gypsum Town Council meeting.
Vroman emphasized that the dryness of the flora surrounding Gypsum is at record-breaking levels.
"We will be actively enforcing Stage II fire restrictions," he said. "If the flame in question doesn't have a switch or valve to shut it off, you can't use it, not even charcoal grills on private property or tiki torches."
In other words, if you risk it, you're definitely eligible for a ticket, including children with small fireworks like Pop-Its or sparklers.
Vroman said the Stage II fire danger is actually bordering on Stage III when considering the dry forecast into the next two weeks. In Stage III restrictions, roads and campgrounds are closed. He said agencies don't want to up the fire restrictions unless it is clear conditions will remain that way for a sustained period of time.
"We don't want to raise fire restrictions, then lower them then raise them again," he said.
To help raise awareness and fire mitigation efforts, Vroman said agencies in Eagle County will host a national Ready Set Go! program in Vail, Gypsum and Eagle, July 2, 9 and 11, respectively. Gypsum's RSG! presentation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the town's fire station at 511 Second St.
"It's Firewise dressed up for the 21st century and emergency management stuff," he said.
For more information, visit http://readysetgoec.org or call the Gypsum Fire Protection District at (970) 524-7101 regarding Gypsum's clinic.
- Derek Franz