We live in a great area and are blessed to have an abundance of natural resources and scenic beauty that is unrivaled. Recently there have been some changes made to County Road 107 in an effort to mitigate problems and growing concerns of the general public and the citizens who use that road on a daily basis. County Road 107 is at the intersection of Highway 82 and Highway 133 (the stoplight from Hwy 82 into Carbondale). This road has become popular amongst hikers and mountain bikers alike. It serves as the entry road for the trailhead to Mushroom Rock as well as being the main roadway for several residences. The increased popularity of the trail and the roadway in recent years has created a conundrum of problems for all the users of CR 107.
CR 107 is a relatively narrow gravel roadway that winds its way up the mountain passing the trailhead as it goes. It is a multi-use roadway and needs to be used and enjoyed by everyone. The road widens and narrows as it ascends allowing places for pedestrians and cyclists to move aside as vehicles pass. Problems develop when people park in these areas or when people walk and bike in the middle of the road and do not use the shoulders. There is plenty of room if the roadway is shared and common courtesy is extended by all and to all.
Recently large rocks were placed at some of the wider areas to provide a protective barrier for hikers and cyclists when vehicles are passing. These areas will also be marked as no parking and tow-away zones so that traffic problems are not compounded by people parking illegally on the shoulders. Work is also being done by CDOT in the parking area at the base of CR 107 since this area is State owned land and not County land. With these improvements and delineations more people will be able to enjoy yet another remarkable and unique feature of western Colorado.
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office applauds the cooperative efforts of the Garfield County Road and Bridge Department and CDOT as they work together in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office to make this a safer and more usable area for the citizens and tourists who share this area on a daily basis. We also want to remind everyone that Mushroom Rock is a remarkable resource and that the roadway leading to it is a public road with multiple uses. Like many of the roads and trails in our County, common courtesy and good western hospitality will go a long way in making this experience a great experience for everyone.
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office
Community Relations Deputy/PIO
Tdap vaccines offered at no cost to county residents until June 1, due to recent pertussis outbreak
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County Public Health (GCPH) can no longer administer federally funded vaccines to fully-insured children. The change in policy was the result of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) implementing changes to its funding of childhood vaccines. The CDC defines fully-insured as “anyone with insurance that covers the cost of their vaccines, even if the insurance includes a high deductible or co-pay”.
Federally funded vaccines play a crucial role in assuring national immunization coverage and prevention of disease. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, it is anticipated that more individuals will have private insurance that includes coverage for routine vaccines.
The change sets aside federally funded vaccines for those with the least ability to pay and who have no insurance coverage.
Garfield County residents with private insurance are encouraged to call their insurance companies to determine the level of coverage in place for routine vaccinations.
Garfield County Public Health is in the process of becoming an “in-network” provider with several larger insurance carriers.
Please contact the health department with any questions regarding these changes to the immunization program. Watch for updates at www.garfield-county.com.
In other Garfield County immunization news, the number of confirmed pertussis (whooping cough) cases in Garfield County has increased by two cases to 13 over the past couple of weeks. The newest cases were in New Castle and Rifle, while earlier ones were in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. GCPH staff is optimistic since the cases have not spread more quickly and that the contagiousness of existing cases is waning, but continued vigilance is important. GCPH will still offer free Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccinations to those 10 years and older until June 1, 2013. For more information, please contact GCPH offices in Glenwood Springs at 970-945-6614 and in Rifle at 970-625-5200.
The Colorado Department of Transportation says I-70 is closed from mile marker 116 to mile marker 134 in Glenwood Canyon due to a semi fire. Alternate route is CO 131, US 40, CO 13. This is expected to be a long-term closure.
March 30, 2013
Carbondale, CO – At 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2013, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was paged for a report of a structure fire at 690 Merrill Ave, Apartment 4. Carbondale Fire personnel were on scene within six minutes and reported dark smoke coming from the garden level windows at the rear of the structure. The first Carbondale fire engine arrived on scene 13 minutes after the 911 notification.
The fire was extinguished within 13 minutes of arrival of the first engine. The fire was contained to a bedroom in the apartment. The family of four that lives there is displaced. There was no damage to the other apartments in the building and those residents are able to stay in their homes.
No loss amount has been determined at this time. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries.
The fire department responded with two fire trucks, one ambulance and 15 personnel.
Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach said, “The Carbondale firefighters did an outstanding job today stopping this house fire.”
The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.
The Carbondale Police Department and Red Cross also responded to this fire.
For more information regarding this incident, please contact Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach at 970-963-2491 or email@example.com .