CAMP HALE, Colorado - There's hardly any development near Camp Hale, but one business owner's bread and butter is the vast terrain through the area and the awesome recreation it provides.
Greg Caretto, owner of Nova Guides, was relieved last week when he found out the asbestos discovery in Camp Hale would not affect his business at all.
The material is located in the northern portion of the encampment area, which is good news for Caretto.
"For my operation, I access everything to the south and to the east, so there's no issues in our area," Caretto said.
Eagle/Holy Cross District Ranger Dave Neely said Friday the Forest Service first learned about the asbestos, which he refers to as "isolated surface deposits," from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sept. 25. The corps had contractors working in Camp Hale to remove other so-called asbestos-containing material when those contractors located the asbestos on the ground.
Adam Little, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Camp Hale project manager, said workers did air monitoring this summer and tests came back negative, meaning the asbestos is not likely breathed in through the air as it currently sits, although that possibility hasn't been ruled out.
Caretto said he's been at Camp Hale for 30 years and his health is just fine, so he's not too concerned about the asbestos. And, thankfully, he's not concerned about his business, either.
He's currently still offering ATV and fishing trips, and he said paintball is still available when temperatures are warm enough.
The closure that restricts all entry to the northern encampment areas is year-round, while the second order limiting travel in the southern part of the valley to roads and trails is lifted once there is at least 1 foot of snow on the ground, Neely said. Caretto's business won't be affected under either of the closure orders, he said.
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