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Road on Cottonwood Pass would be costly to upgrade

EAGLE COUNTY — Upgrading Cottonwood Pass between Garfield and Eagle counties to serve as a year-round alternate route during Interstate 70 closures through Glenwood Canyon would not only be costly but likely politically challenging to accomplish. A near weeklong closure of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon due to a major rockslide, and continued daytime closures this week while crews are busy with cleanup and mitigation efforts, has resurrected some talk, at least on street corners and in social media circles, about improving the backcountry route. "We're talking a couple hundred million dollars to widen it for (interstate type) traffic," Garfield County Commissioner John Martin said. "And then you have to maintain it in the winter," he said. "It would be a big challenge with some real conflicts to get the right of way. … It would be a tremendous project." Even just improving the route to paved county road standards would be in the range of $20 million to $30 million, he said, not to mention snow removal costs for a road that's now closed during the winter. When a similar rockfall incident in Glenwood Canyon six years ago resulted in another lengthy I-70 closure, Eagle County officials came up with a cost estimate at that time of more than $45 million just to upgrade their portion of the road. The road over Cottonwood Pass climbs up Cattle Creek (Garfield County Road 113) from Highway 82 south of Glenwood Springs for about 10 miles before crossing from Garfield into Eagle County and continuing on CR 10A for another 15 miles to Gypsum. The road tops out at 8,280 feet at the northwest corner of the Red Table Mountain portion of the White River National Forest, before dropping through about six miles of Bureau of Land Management land. Therein lies another challenge — gaining federal approvals to upgrade a road that passes through critical wintertime wildlife habitat, and potentially opening the door for development. "We have not had any significant discussions about Cottonwood Pass since the last time this happened," Eagle County Communications Director Kris Friel said of the current situation with Glenwood Canyon. "It's possible we might have that conversation again, given the lengthy closure," she said. Currently, the pavement ends on the Garfield County side at the intersection of County Roads 113 and 121 (Coulter Creek). The county maintains and plows the road for another 2.5 miles from that point to the county line, and Eagle County plows from there to the last residential subdivision before the road is gated for the winter. On the Gypsum side, the town and county maintain the road during the winter for a few miles up to the last residences on that side before the winter gate, Friel said. According to Eagle County's 2010 analysis, a two-lane paved road that could be maintained all year could cost $47 million or more. Even a two-lane gravel road could cost more than $40 million, due to the costs of buying land, hauling fill material and building the road to resist erosion and slides, the county determined. A two-lane highway built to the standards of U.S. Highway 6 through the Eagle Valley would have cost $66 million or more in 2010 dollars, according to that study. Ironically, Cottonwood Pass was studied in the 1970s as a potential alignment for I-70 into western Colorado instead of Glenwood Canyon. A Colorado Division of Highways' Location Study Report done at that time estimated that sending the interstate over Cottonwood Pass would cost around $77.7 million, compared with $65.2 million for Glenwood Canyon. It also would have required the acquisition of three times more land, displaced 125 families and business, mostly as the interstate passed through the south end of Glenwood Springs, and would have had numerous other impacts. That study also dismissed a 42.1-mile climb north over the Flat Tops due to the risk of "extensive environmental damage," the challenges of high elevation and a $338 million price tag.

Devils pin Steamboat, Glenwood

GYPSUM – Wrestlers just don’t like to waste time. There were six minutes allotted for each bout during Thursday’s tri at Eagle Valley with Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs as the guests, but the 360 seconds were rarely needed. The Devils dispatched Steamboat Springs, 66-10, and didn’t take much time defeating Glenwood Springs, 73-4. Thanks to a bevy of forfeits, the Demons recorded a 45-35 victory over the Sailors, though Steamboat actually won all but one of the matches contested. “I’m really proud of the guys,” Devils coach Ron Beard said. “They did the things we worked on in practice. Glenwood is having a rebuilding year. They have a lot of young wrestlers, but that doesn’t take away from our effort.” Ten of the Devils’ 13 wins against the Demons came by way of pin from the very brief (Ty LaFramboise, 11 seconds at 190 pounds) to Rafael Gurule’s buzzer-beater at 132 pounds at 5 minutes, 59 seconds. “We’re a young team,” Glenwood coach Miles Cook said. “We want to be competitive. If we’re out in 10 seconds, that’s not good. But if they’re on mat and competing, we’re in good shape. We need to learn to strive for that.” To that end, the Demons’ Alex Cohen picked up a win at 113 pounds over Eagle Valley’s Connor McGillvray, 21-7. Against Steamboat, the Devils won six of seven matches contested. Gurule won an action-packed match against the Sailors’ Nathan Parks, 17-13, at 132, while Branden Ehman came back for the pin against Steamboat’s Mike Hansen. “We had to manipulate the lineup for Steamboat to get some matchups,” Beard said. “Some kids stepped up. Branden Ehman, he won two varsity matches. Lane (Dobransky) stepped up. Rafa (Rafael) wrestled great against (Parks).” Glenwood Springs did win its dual against the Sailors. However, the Sailors do deserve credit for doing well in the weights in which they could field wrestlers. Steamboat got pins from Cole Sittig (285), Parks (132), Hansen (138), Dane Kopfer (145) and Guerin Lewis (152). “All in all, we wrestled OK,” Steamboat coach Shane Yeager said. “We made a lot of mistakes out there. We’ve got to clean it up with attention to detail. That’s what we’re lacking right now.” Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com. Eagle Valley 66, Steamboat Springs 10 190 – Joey Sanchez, Eagle Valley, forfeit 220 – Ty LaFramboise, Eagle Valley, forfeit 285 – Andy Armstrong, Eagle Valley, pins Cole Sittig, Steamboat Springs, 1:43 106 – Jay Bullock, Eagle Valley, forfeit 113 – Connor McGillvray, Eagle Valley, forfeit, 120 – Chris Comroe, Eagle Valley, forfeit 126 – Lane Dobranksy, Eagle Valley, forfeit 132 – Rafael Gurule, Eagle Valley d. Nathan Parks, Steamboat Springs, 17-13 138 – Branden Ehman, Eagle Valley, pins Mike Hansen, Steamboat Springs, 4:58 145 – Dane Koepfer, Steamboat Springs, maj. dec. Davey Madrid, Eagle Valley, 15-6 152 – Andrew Vigil, Eagle Valley, d. Guerin Lewis, Steamboat Springs, 6-5 160 – Devin Ward, Eagle Valley, pins Dylan Wallace, Steamboat Springs, 0:43 170 – Connor O’Brien, Steamboat Springs, forfeit 182 – Cole Nielsen, Eagle Valley, pins Brandon, Yeager, Steamboat Springs, 2:31 Glenwood Springs 45, Steamboat Springs 35 220 – Taylor Behnke, Glenwood Springs, forfeit 285 – Cole Sittig, Steamboat Springs, pins Irving Vasquez, Glenwood Springs, 1:43 106 – Miguel Mendoza, Glenwood Springs, forfeit 113 – Alex Cohen, Glenwood Springs, forfeit 120 – Augustin Hernandez, Glenwood Springs, forfeit 126 – Solomon Wheeler, Glenwood Springs, forfeit 132 – Nathan Parks, Steamboat Springs pins Irvin Pallares, Glenwood Springs, 2:40 138 – Mike Hansen, Steamboat Springs, pins Oscar Villegas, Glenwood Springs, 0:49 145 – Dane Kopfer, Steamboat Springs, pins Herbie Vega, Glenwood Springs, 0:51 152 – Guerin Lewis, Steamboat Springs pins Ben Dunn, Glenwood Springs, 0:25 160 – Jose Diaz, Glenwood Springs, pins Dylan Wallace, Steamboat Springs, 0:36 170 – Justin Barham, Glenwood Springs, d. Connor O’Brien, Steamboat Springs, 5-3 182 – Brandon Yeager, Steamboat Springs, tech. fall, Erick Madrid, Glenwood Springs, 19-2 190 – Thomas Richards, Glenwood Springs, forfeit Eagle Valley 73 Glenwood Springs 4 285 – Xavier Mendoza, Eagle Valley, pins Irving Vasquez, Glenwood Springs, 0:44 106 – Jay Bullock, Eagle Valley, pins Miguel Mendoza, Glenwood Springs, 5:02 113 – Alex Cohen, Glenwood Springs, maj. dec. Conner McGillvray, Eagle Valley, 21-7 120 – Chris Comroe, Eagle Valley, pins Augustin Hernandez, Glenwood Springs, 1:35 126 – Lane Dobransky, Eagle Valley, pins Solomon Wheeler, Glenwood Springs, 1:30 132 – Rafael Gurule, Eagle Valley, pins Irvin Pallares, Glenwood Springs, 5:59 138 – Branden Ehman, Eagle Valley, pins Oscar Villegas, Glenwood Springs, 3:40 145 – Davey Madrid, Eagle Valley, pins Herbie Vega, Glenwood Springs, 0:22 152 – Andrew Vigil, Eagle Valley, pins Ben Dunn, Glenwood Springs, 1:13 160 – Devin Ward, Eagle Valley, pins Jose Diaz, Glenwood Springs, 1:01 170 – Cole Nielsen, Eagle Valley, d. Justin Barham, Glenwood Springs, 8-2 182 – Joey Sanchez, Eagle Valley maj. dec. Erick Madrid, Glenwood Springs, 9-1 190 – Ty LaFramboise, Eagle Valley, pins Thomas Richards, Glenwood Springs, 0:11 220 – Andy Armstrong, Eagle Valley, forfeit

Cops chase G’wood suspect

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado – Police arrested a man on a warrant for sexual assault on a child after he allegedly fought with an officer, waded through the Roaring Fork River and hid in someone’s closet in the Ironbridge subdivision Saturday afternoon. Cristian Zavala Billaluz, 19, of Glenwood Springs, was arrested on suspicion of several crimes including second-degree burglary, criminal trespass, resisting arrest and the warrant for sexual assault on a child. A Carbondale police officer spotted Billaluz around 2:30 p.m. at a bus stop and knew he had an active arrest warrant. Billaluz rode a bus out of Carbondale, but police contacted the bus near County Road 113 and Highway 82. Billaluz tried to fight when the officer tried to arrest him, police said in an arrest affidavit. The officer took Billaluz to the ground “several times.” At one point the officer grabbed his shirt, but Billaluz slipped out of the shirt and ran, police said. The officer gave chase. Billaluz jumped into the Roaring Fork River, crossed it and ran into the Ironbridge subdivision, police said. A Glenwood Springs police officer arrived to help out and saw Billaluz hiding behind a bush behind a house on River Bend Way. The officer chased Billaluz through the back door of a house and out through the front, but Billaluz remained elusive, according to police. Authorities received a call later around 5:45 p.m. from a woman saying she believed someone was in her house, also on River Bend Way. She told police her closet door had been open but was later mysteriously closed. Police said they found Billaluz hiding in the closet and arrested him. The arrest warrant for charges of sexual assault on a child and harboring a minor originated from the Glenwood Springs Police Department. Police had contacted a girl in her early teenage years who told them she ran away from Delta with Billaluz. She said Billaluz was her boyfriend, they had been intimate and she thought she might be pregnant. Billaluz did not post a $35,250 bond by Monday afternoon. He’s scheduled to appear for formal filing of charges on Sept. 24. Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121 pfowler@postindependent.com Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

Drug squad: 928 pot plants seized near Glenwood Springs

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team seized 928 marijuana plants at a grow location east of Cattle Creek Monday. According to a press release from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the grow operation was up County Road 113 between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. Most of the plants were four to five feet tall, the release stated, and had an estimated street value of around $2 million. “From information gathered at the scene, it appears that this grow has been well established for some time,” the release stated. The Sheriff’s Office was not releasing any specifics on the ongoing investigation, nor would they identify if the grow operation was located on public or private land. TRIDENT, a multi-jurisdictional task force also seized over 800 marijuana plants near Battlement Mesa in 2008. At the time, that was considered the largest grow operation ever in Garfield County.

Rankin asks state about Cottonwood upgrade

Two area elected officials would like to see the state take a look at its potential role in upgrading Cottonwood Pass between Garfield and Eagle counties to serve as a year-round alternative to Interstate 70 during Glenwood Canyon closures. "I have asked some of the transportation folks here at the capitol to at least look into it," said state Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, who represents Garfield, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties in the Colorado House of Representatives. Rankin said he received several calls from constituents inquiring about Cottonwood Pass during a near week-long closure of I-70 in the canyon following a massive rockslide on Feb. 15. Traffic delays in the canyon continued this week while Colorado Department of Transportation crews remained busy with cleanup and repair efforts. Travel remains limited to two lanes of head-to-head traffic along the eastbound side of the interstate, using pace cars to control speeds through a six-mile stretch. "It sure seems that, in this situation, had that road been passable at least for passenger cars, it would have been a big help," Rankin said of Cottonwood Pass. "It probably would be a really difficult situation for big trucks, but I don't think it would take that much improvement to be an alternative for passenger cars," he said. The road over Cottonwood Pass climbs up Cattle Creek (Garfield County Road 113) from Highway 82 south of Glenwood Springs for about 10 miles before crossing into Eagle County and continuing on CR 10A for another 15 miles to Gypsum. Rankin lives on Missouri Heights at the western end of the route, and said he often uses it during his summertime commutes to and from Denver. However, the pass is closed during the winter and not available as an option for several months out of the year. Garfield County maintains the road almost to the county line, even during the winter. But it would need a chip-seal surface for about another 2.5 miles in order to be usable during the winter, county Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said. "I would say it almost has national significance in terms of security to be able to get around Glenwood Canyon (during closures)," Jankovsky said. "Think about the loss of revenues for businesses just during those 10 days." Eagle County remains the biggest player, but has not looked into what it would take to upgrade the road since the last multi-day closure of Glenwood Canyon due to a rockslide in March 2010. At that time, the county determined it would cost over $40 million just to improve the Eagle County portion of the road for year-round passenger car use, not including wintertime snow plowing costs. "You are probably talking tens of millions of dollars just to get it to county road standards," Jankovsky, who said he has been in touch with Eagle County officials about opening the conversation, said. "It would take either state or federal funding to do that," he said. Eagle County Commission Chairwoman Jill Ryan said her board has not yet addressed the issue since the most recent I-70 closure, but that such a discussion is likely to occur soon.

2 killed in El Jebel; man arrested in Glenwood overnight

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Authorities arrested a man in Glenwood Springs early this morning after a double slaying late Saturday in El Jebel. Eagle County authorities said in a news release that they were notified at 11:17 p.m. of a shooting at 160 Arapahoe in the El Jebel area of unincorporated Eagle County. A deputy arriving at the address minutes later and found a deceased male and a deceased female in the residence. A suspect was reported to have fled before authorities arrived. Eagle County Undersheriff Mike McWilliam said this morning that the suspect was arrested without incident at about 5:40 a.m. in Glenwood Springs. Williams Anderson Amaya, 33, had been sought in the shooting, and was considered armed and dangerous. Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jessie Mosher said the office asked the suspect’s cell phone company to “ping” his phone. That led authorities to Amaya’s workplace, where he was arrested. Eagle County authorities were investigating. The county coroner will release the cause of death and identification of the two victims later.

Deal revises deed restrictions for Gypsum project

EAGLE, Colorado – Eagle County may not end up with the deed restrictions it paid for under a new Stratton Flats deal. A Denver company has a contract to buy the struggling project, and that could change the way the county’s deed restrictions work. The county commissioners sank $4.5 million into the floundering project in January 2008. The tax money is supposed to buy deed restrictions on 113 of Stratton Flats’ 339 units, say the county commissioners who spent the money. That means taxpayers paid more than $40,000 for each of the county’s Stratton Flats deed restrictions. But the nature of those deed restrictions will change under a deal with a new developer and price caps will be removed, say partners in the Stratton Flats deal. Also up in the air is whether the county’s taxpayers will be paid the 6 percent interest on their money they were promised as part of the original deal. County Attorney Bryan Treu says the deal is negotiated, and they’re waiting for banking regulators to approve it. “There will be a presentation in a couple weeks, and we’ll answer questions at that time,” Treu said. The county has been trying to restructure the deal for more than a year. Banking regulators are in the mix because Colorado Business Bank, CoBiz, sank more than three times the money into Stratton Flats that Eagle County did, a bank spokesman said Tuesday. The bank has between $12 million and $18 million in Stratton Flats. “You could say $12 million is in the neighborhood,” said Sue Hermann, spokesperson for Colorado Business Bank. The bank will stay with Stratton Flats, Hermann said. “We are integrally involved and intend to remain so until it comes to a successful completion,” Hermann said. Critics say county taxpayers’ $4.5 million was squandered on Stratton Flats and is lost. But county officials say it’s no more lost than it ever was. For the county to recover any of its $4.5 million, Stratton Flats units have to sell, said Alex Potente, Eagle County’s housing director. But Gypsum is the county’s slowest real estate market, and Stratton Flats is located near the end of the Eagle County airport’s runway. Of the 338 home foreclosures this year in Eagle County, 93 are in Gypsum. One Stratton Flats house has sold in the last year, a $379,494 government-to-government deal. The Eagle River Water and Sanitation District negotiated a deed restricted purchase for one of its staff members. That deal closed Sept. 21, 2009. On the Stratton Flats website Tuesday, three bedroom homes were listed for $325,000 on the open market. “The money is gone, but the affordable housing remains part of our community,” said County Commissioner Sara Fisher. Fisher, along with Peter Runyon and former county commissioner Arn Menconi, voted unanimously to get Eagle County involved in Stratton Flats. “We’re fortunate that we were able to forge a partnership with the owners and the bank to keep it as an affordable housing project,” Fisher said. Fisher said when she was running four years ago, affordable housing was the highest priority. “All the Vail projects had been approved and were getting under way,” Fisher said. “It was full speed ahead. Some thought we’d never stop growing. They banked on it.” Not all deed restrictions are created equal. Stratton Flats is a three-way deal between the town of Gypsum, Eagle County and the developer. Gypsum waived its tap fees, real estate transfer taxes and other up-front costs, in exchange for deed restrictions on 113 units. Gypsum has no money tied up in Stratton Flats. Eagle County’s deed restrictions limit a home’s value to increases of not more than 3 percent per year. Gypsum requires that the homes be sold to locals, and have no price caps. Under the new deal, the county’s price caps will be removed, say Gypsum officials. “Their deed restrictions will change under the new deal,” said Lana Gallegos with the town of Gypsum. The other 113 Stratton Flats units are being sold on the open market. Stratton Flats has always struggled. The project was submitted to Gypsum at the same time as the Tower Center, a proposed shopping center in Gypsum that has never gotten off the ground. Stratton Flats was floundering when the county commissioners poured in $4.5 million to keep it afloat. In January 2008 the commissioners at the time – Menconi, Runyon and Fisher – spent the $4.5 million from a facilities fund. The three did not officially appropriate the money until February 2008. The three commissioners did not form the county’s housing authority until March 2008, two months after the money was spent.

Western Slope population boom predicted

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Already nipping at Glenwood Springs heels in terms of population, Rifle appears poised to turn into by far the biggest dog on the Garfield County block during the next quarter century.Thats according to new preliminary estimates that also show the Garfield School District on surpassing, and eventually dwarfing, the Roaring Fork School District in enrollment numbers. Garfield schools, in fact, are expected to quadruple in size in 25 years.The findings of a socioeconomic study being conducted for Garfield County show that Rifle and its surrounding environs will have nearly twice the population of the Glenwood Springs area by 2030. The Glenwood area will be home to about 22,215 people by then, compared to 43,859 for the Rifle area, the study predicts.Garfield County now is home to about 50,000 people. The countywide number would increase to 139,000 by 2030 under a scenario tentatively being projected by Denver-based BBC Researching & Consulting. Thats midway between a projection last year of 148,000 by the state Demographers Office, and its later, more conservative estimate of 130,000, a reduction reflecting fast-rising housing costs in western Garfield County.However, BBC also acknowledges that its number omits many undocumented immigrants because of the difficulty in getting a handle on their local population size. It also doesnt include the possibility of a revived oil shale industry that could drive up population numbers much higher.Another of its preliminary findings ties in with the staggering growth that county manager Ed Green said is coming Rifles way. BBC projects that Garfield County residents working in natural gas development will reach 2,640 in 2017 before beginning to taper off.That may sound like a lot, but BBC managing director Douglas Jeavons said the figure already is at about 2,000.The companies, from what weve been told, are not expected to increase the rate of new well development very much, he said.As drilling eventually dwindles, so will job numbers. However, BBC is predicting that the industry will continue to be responsible for 1,430 ongoing well maintenance jobs through at least 2030.A possible energy boom in neighboring Rio Blanco County also could result in more workers living in the Rifle area. If it occurs, BBC says, Garfields population could reach 146,000 rather than 139,000 by 2030.A combination of lower housing prices, more land available for building and a continuing economic boom could result in many-fold increases in the populations of towns such as New Castle, Silt and Parachute, along with their surrounding unincorporated areas. The New Castle area also could begin to rival greater Glenwood in size by 2030, nearing the 20,000 mark.Garfields school district is seeking passage of tax measures this year to keep up with its fast-rising enrollment. The district is well aware of the kind of growth that is coming. District finance director Christy Hamrick said it is projecting annual enrollment increases of 5 percent to 7 percent a year.Were really struggling with how were going to accommodate those kids and work through that, she said.One big question mark hovering over the model is how many county residents would consist of people working in Pitkin and Eagle counties. A 2005 study by the three counties projected that number could reach 35,000 by 2030. However, if that number is less because of local job opportunities and higher local housing costs, the county population may reach only 113,000 by 2030, BBC believes.Green said many of those commuters are also immigrants. Assistant County Manager Jesse Smith said undercounting immigrants will result in underestimating their social impacts on county services and their impacts on the job market.Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado

Eagle Valley wrestling at home Thursday for Senior Night

GYPSUM – Eagle Valley’s wrestling is in pretty good shape for the shape they’re in. The Devils brought home a winner and some other podium finishes at the Northglenn Invitational last weekend. And they did it in spite of a rash of injuries that left them with no one in some weight classes. “There are some kids performing better than we thought they would, and that’s encouraging,” said Ron Beard, Eagle Valley’s wrestling coach. “We’ve had some injuries, and we thought we’d have two or three more kids in the lineup.” Junior Andy Armstrong won his division at 220 pounds. Armstrong won three matches, two by pin, one against an opponent from Yuma and one from Northglenn. Armstrong won the crown with a 9-2 win over Scott Jurim, a highly ranked 5A opponent from Arapahoe High School. “He lifted weights hard all year, and it really helped him,” Beard said. Junior Taylor Wheeler finished second at 145 pounds. He was 3-1 on the day. “He had a great day, and on the way to taking second, he beat a highly ranked 4A opponent from Greeley Central,” Beard said. Damien Atencio finished third at 106 pounds. Sophomore Marcus Medina was fourth at 113 pounds. Beard said one of his proudest moments from Northglenn was senior Dakota West. The 138-pounder lost in the first round and had to fight his way back through the consolation bracket for a seventh-place finish. The Devils are wrestling hard all week. They traveled to Steamboat on Tuesday for a three-way meet against Steamboat and Glenwood. They’re home Thursday to host Summit County and Coal Ridge. Then it’s back to the Front Range on Saturday for the Abraham Lincoln tournament in Denver. Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

Week In Review

Hethcote remembered Locals gathered at Vail Christian High School to remember Kelly Hethcote, who died of cancer in December. Hethcote was a popular radio personality and a long-time community member. Bond man killed in car crash A 21-year-old Bond man died in a single-car crash near State Bridge on Highway 131. Dalton Mason was the only occupant of the Audi sedan, and he was not wearing a seatbelt. Lady Devil best Delta The Eagle Valley High School girls soccer team enjoyed a big win over Delta. The girls won 3-1 against the well-respected Panthers. Vail employee housing The town of Vail announced that it will begin construction on one of the area's biggest employee housing complexes at Timber Ridge Village. The redevelopment of the apartment complex will create 113 housing units on the property's eastern side, with groundbreaking slated for the beginning of May. Glenwood Streetscape In Glenwood, work has begun on several downtown streetscape projects, beginning with new landscaping near the Cooper Avenue parking garage and additional parking improvements in the area, and culminating with the recently approved sidewalk expansion to allow for outdoor dining areas along Seventh Street. Pregnancy investigation A state epidemiologist has been called in to investigate a sudden rise in the number of fetal anomalies detected among pregnant women in the Glenwood Springs area recently, according to local and state health officials.