Week In Review
Election is history
The 2014 election season finally came to an end Tuesday, bringing relief to residents and politicians alike.
Locally, voters elected Eagle County commissioners Kathy Chandler-Henry and Jeanne McQueeney, sheriff James Van Beek, surveyor Ted Archibeque and coroner Kara Bettis.
The ads and signs are gone, and it’s back to business.
Flipping the switch
Eagle County celebrated the completion of the largest photovoltaic solar energy system in the Eagle Valley at the “switch flipping” ceremony.
The system was installed atop the Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The cost of the project after rebates totaled $127,500. The 77-kilowatt system will offset 100 percent of the electricity usage of the Eagle River Center and will pay for itself in around 11 years.
Menconi resigns from SOS
Local Arn Menconi, Snowboard Outreach Society founder and leader for two decades, has left the organization.
Seth Ehrlich, SOS vice president of operations, is the interim executive director. During the past twenty years, 40,000 kids have been involved in SOS, with around 5,000 participants annually. The six core values of SOS are courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, compassion and humility.
Underage drinking incident
In Glenwood Springs, a series of underage drinking arrests resulted in mounting tension between police and a large crowd of teenagers last Friday, the night of the big football game between Glenwood and Rifle.
Ultimately Glenwood Police called in assistance from other agencies to handle the incident.
The evening kicked off with three underage drinking citations issued at the game itself at Stubler Memorial Field. According to the police report, a staff member noticed a trio of girls passing a water bottle around and confiscated it. All three submitted to a breath test, and two of them tested presumptive positive for elevated blood alcohol.
One of the girls’ mother arrived but refused to sign the summons, cursing at the officer and inquiring “Don’t you have anything better to do than mess with a 14-year-old?”
After Glenwood’s 20-13 loss to Rifle, things got worse, with fighting and more than 100 teens gathered together after the game.
Glenwood Canyon road work delay
Work on Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon, originally set for completion by the end of this month, is now expected to be done in mid-November.
Truesdell Corp., contractor on the $7 million project, said Thursday that the Colorado Department of Transportation has added work, including further Hanging Lake Tunnel repairs, speed-monitoring loops and increased pavement depth.
Vehicle loop detectors, which count each car that enters and exits, will be replaced at the eastbound tunnel portal to help ensure that no cars get stranded in the tunnel.