Innovative Energy Sources Explored at Workshop in Glenwood on March 3rd

"A one-day workshop to explore innovative clean energy resources in the region and identify action steps for new power production is set for Friday, March 3, in Glenwood Springs.

'Clean Innovative Energy Sources To Power Our Region: Creating Pathways for Reaching Energy Targets and Economic Resilience' will feature presentations from experts on methane capture, biomass, micro-hydro, geothermal and solar energy resources.

Speakers include experts from the Colorado Energy Office, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, TRC Companies, Ruby Canyon Engineering, Vessels Coal Gas, Holy Cross Energy, city of Grand Junction, Colorado Small Hydro Association, Colorado Division of Water Resources, Rocky Mountain Institute, Sunsense Solar, SoL Energy and Renewable Energy Systems.

Many local governments and organizations in the Parachute to Aspen region have adopted clean energy targets. This workshop is a way for local decision makers, citizens, business leaders and government staff to learn more about the variety of clean energy options available in our region. It's also intended to identify top opportunities for new clean energy production and next steps for maximizing those opportunities.

The workshop is set for 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road. Registration is $25, and includes morning refreshments, lunch and workshop materials. Scholarships are available.

Garfield Clean Energy, CLEER and CORE are presenting the workshop. Sponsors are Alpine Bank, the Colorado Energy Office, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Carbondale Area Chamber of Commerce and Colorado Mountain College.

Everyone is welcome to attend the workshop to learn more about the wealth of clean energy options that can be tapped in our region, and to help shape our region's energy and economic future.

For information and to register, visit GarfieldCleanEnergy.org or call (970) 704-9200."

Source: Post Independent

"Carbondale applying for Space to Create"

"Carbondale trustees have agreed to apply for a Colorado Creative Industries project called Space to Create, which aims to develop affordable housing and/or workspace for people in creative industries.

Colorado Creative Industries, which officially designated Carbondale as a creative district in June, has recognized a perennial problem with creative districts, said Amy Kimberly, executive director of Carbondale Arts. As these districts become more popular and successful, they also become too expensive for the artists and other creatives to live there. “We all know that story,” said Kimberly.

She described Space to Create as a highly flexible program that enables access to up to $1 million in a Department of Local Affairs grant for the project.

Space to Create has already selected for housing and workspace projects Trinidad, Ridgway and Buena Vista, which are all rural communities similar to Carbondale, said Kimberly.

Space to Create projects also usually include parts that aren’t just affordable housing, such as co-working spaces, she said. “And when we talk about the creative sector, it’s no longer just the artists.”

The town will likely be competing against Crested Butte and Paonia for the project.

The program has a competitive application process, so Kimberly encouraged trustees to throw the town’s hat in the ring.

“I think we have as good a chance as anyone to get chosen,” she said.

Carbondale won’t soon get this opportunity again, as CCI makes its selections regionally, then moves on to another region the next year.

“It would be incredible if we actually succeeded in getting a project, but I think either way it would mean a lot to the community to see us take this opportunity and not let it go by,” said Kimberly.

If it is awarded the project, the town will first have to be willing to dedicate up to $35,000 for a marketing and feasibility study, said Kimberly.

There might also be the opportunity to offset some of that cost with DOLA grants, said Town Manager Jay Harrington.

The Carbondale Creative District is also willing to pitch in $5,000 toward that goal.

And the town could very well develop a project that doesn’t continue with the Space to Create program.

Trustee Katrina Byars said that all the communities that have put together a project for Space to Create but weren’t selected continued with their project regardless “because they had generated so much energy and interest and because it’s so locally relevant.”

Each of these projects has a 40-percent revenue gap, and they rely a lot on low-income housing tax credits, “which may or may not fit into what we’re doing,” said Kimberly. “Low income tax credits are always a challenge in this valley.”

Harrington foresaw Carbondale land costs as the project’s biggest challenge, though he was still supportive of taking the first steps in applying for the projects.

The Space to Create project in Manitou Springs has collaborative manufacturing space with leather cutting machines, welders and fabric printers, said Byars, who had recently visited.

Several trustees called the decision to apply a “no-brainer,” and the board isn’t yet committed to spending the $35,000 if they change their minds later.

“It seems like the program was written for Carbondale,” said Mayor Dan Richardson. “It’s a pretty great opportunity to leverage some of the funding we would have to contribute if we could make something happen, so I think it’s pretty cost effective.”

“I don’t see what we could lose by supporting it conceptually,” said Trustee Marty Silverstein.

The board has recently reviewed town priorities, placing affordable housing at the top. “This is another way to get there,” said Silverstein.

Carbondale will have to submit a letter of intent by March 1, then its application by March 15."

Source: Post Independent

"Our History: Glenwood was Roosevelt’s home away from home"

"As far back as the early 1900s, Glenwood Springs received famous visitors, but none got a warmer welcome than Teddy Roosevelt, president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. According to the Glenwood Post, the town’s primary newspaper at the time and predecessor to the Post Independent, Roosevelt routinely enjoyed coyote hunting in the prairies east of Colorado Springs, cougar hunting near Meeker and bear hunting around Glenwood.

“Roosevelt, born in 1858, visited Colorado seven times during the early 1900s, including Glenwood Springs in 1905,” Lee Perlman wrote in the Rocky Mountain News. “In 1905 he led a six-week hunting trip near Glenwood Springs. This party, which included the interior secretary and close friends, bagged 10 bears. Roosevelt was credited with six of them.”

Known as an avid hunter, it is said that “Teddy Bears” got their name because once on a hunting trip in Mississippi, Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear that was trapped. A cartoon depicting Roosevelt refusing to shoot a bear cub shaking with fear ran in the Washington Post on Nov. 16, 1902, and inspired New York candy shop owner Morris Michtom to start making stuffed toy bears and asking Roosevelt to call them Teddy Bears.

Roosevelt would go on to vacation at the Hotel Colorado in the summer of 1905 and became familiar enough with staff to joke with them.

President Teddy Roosevelt greets the crowd from the balcony of the Hotel Colorado.

President Teddy Roosevelt greets the crowd from the balcony of the Hotel Colorado.

SUMMER WHITE HOUSE?

It was a big story for the Glenwood Post.

“Roosevelt loved to hunt in the White River Forest Reserve and stayed in the Hotel Colorado,” Glenwood Post Lifestyle Editor Kathleen McMullen wrote. “Because of his admiration for the area, and to boost the resort, powerful Colorado Congressman Edward T. Taylor proposed to Congress in 1909 that a permanent ‘Summer White House’ be built in the town.”

Though Taylor hoped to make Glenwood Springs an unofficial stop for all future presidents, the proposal was turned down. However, the publicity helped Glenwood become the state’s best-known resort by 1915.

Attracting tourism to town became an economic driver for Glenwood Springs as early back as the 1900s as businesspeople formed a Board of Trade in 1903, a forerunner to the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce. With the help of these businesspeople, Glenwood became best known as a resort town rather than a mining or farm town, like so many others in the state.

“Some of the Wild West’s most notorious criminals passed through Glenwood Springs, but as tourists, not on ‘business,’” according to a passage in Steven F. Mehls’ “The Valley of Opportunity.” “Tom Horn, killer of more than 20 men and who eventually died on a Wyoming gallows, liked to vacation in the Hot Springs Lodge and take advantage of the healing water.”

One of Glenwood Springs’ most infamous residents, Doc Holliday, came to the spa first as a tourist then moved to Glenwood shortly before his death in 1887. His grave is now among the town’s most popular tourist attractions.

AMOS DICKSON

While these pioneers shaped Glenwood Springs’ history over time, few individuals influenced the town more during the early 1900s than Amos J. Dickson.

Dickson officially bought the Glenwood Post on Jan. 1,1898, and would continue as its owner for 35 years, wielding a fair amount of power and holding a conservative standpoint during his tenure.

“On Dec. 27, 1897, for the sum of $1,300, Amos Dickson received all of the equipment, type, furniture, fixtures and patronage connected with the publication of the Glenwood Post located at 201 Eighth St. in Glenwood Springs,” Willa Kane with the Frontier Historical Society wrote in the Post Independent in 2014. “Dickson’s goals for the Glenwood Post were simple: to be a strong community newspaper and the best ever in Garfield County; to not allow partisan politics to influence reporting or his editorials; and to make the welfare of the people paramount to political objectives.”

A Silver Republican, Dickson served as the newspaper’s editor from 1898 to 1931. His first edition, a four-page newspaper recapping the Christmas events of 1897, contained advertisements for Glenwood Springs businesses, advertised unclaimed letters to the post office, printed neighborhood columns for Eagle and Four Mile, and contained an article centered on the wellbeing of a demented woman determined to make her way to the top of Lookout Mountain. At the time, subscriptions to the weekly newspaper were $1.50 for the year, 75 cents for six months, and five cents for a single copy.

Dickson not only reported on the current events in town, but he also started a column entitled “Pioneers I Remember” in which the community founders would document the community’s past. He would go on to report on mining strikes, building of roads, politics, deaths, births, marriages, anniversaries and community news of interest.

In his last will and testament, according to Kane, Dickson left his typewriter to his daughter Geraldine and his most prized possession, his bound editions of the Glenwood Post from 1898 to 1931. His will read, “in the making and publishing of which I have poured out the best part of my life, the ambitions and enthusiasm of young manhood and middle age, and the more sage, considerate and conservative thought and effort of later years, and commend to her a careful and charitable perusal and study of the pages of these volumes as they represent my earnest thought and endeavor to accomplish some good in the circumscribed field in which I have wrought..”

These editions of the Glenwood Post have been microfilmed by the Colorado Historical Society, with microfilmed copies available for “charitable study and perusal” at the Frontier Historical Society and Museum in Glenwood Springs."

Source: Post Independent

"Detours Scheduled for Bridge Girder Placement"

"Over the next few weeks, steel girders will arrive for the new Grand Avenue traffic bridge. If you have been downtown lately, it is becoming easier to see the new alignment for the new bridge

These massive girders provide the structural support for the new traffic bridge. They are 84 to 127 feet in length and weigh between 81,000 and 121,000 pounds — roughly two times the size and weight of the pedestrian bridge girders. The process of erecting these girders will be similar to the pedestrian bridge girder erection in July 2016.

These girders will be in transit from Texas for approximately three days. Weather can be a key factor in remaining on schedule. Crews can only set girders in winds of 15 mph or less, so this schedule is dynamic and will be adjusted if crews encounter bad weather or delays in girder delivery.

HOT SPRINGS POOL PARKING LOT

The steel girders are scheduled to arrive mid-February and will be staged on trailers at the old rest stop between Exits 114 and 116 and in the Hot Springs Pool parking lot. The first three girders will be erected in the Glenwood Hot Springs parking lot from the new bridge abutment to Interstate 70. Erection of the first three girders is scheduled from Wednesday, Feb. 15, to Friday, Feb. 17, with no additional traffic impacts anticipated. Pedestrian access will remain on the pedestrian walkway.

WESTBOUND I-70 NIGHT DETOUR

The remaining girders will span I-70, thus requiring traffic to be detoured off of I-70 and onto Sixth Street. The nights of Monday, Feb. 20, through Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following mornings, all westbound I-70 traffic will be detoured from I-70 onto East Sixth Street near the Yampah Vapor Caves. Traffic will be detoured on Sixth to the Exit 116 interchange for access to I-70 westbound.

Traffic on eastbound I-70 will remain in its normal configuration during these night detours. The Grand Avenue Bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the three nights into the following mornings. Pedestrian access will remain on the pedestrian walkway.

FULL I-70 NIGHT DETOUR

The nights of Thursday, Feb. 23, Monday, Feb. 27, and Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following mornings, all I-70 traffic will be detoured onto East Sixth. Both eastbound and westbound traffic will be reduced into one lane in each direction. The Grand Avenue Bridge will be closed from from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following mornings for the three nights of full I-70 detour. Pedestrian access will remain on the pedestrian walkway.

Eastbound traffic wishing to access Glenwood Springs and Colorado 82 to Aspen should exit early at the West Glenwood Exit 114.

Westbound I-70 traffic wishing to access Glenwood Springs will exit I-70 near Yampah Vapor Caves and follow the detour route to west Glenwood Exit 114.

When this work is complete, the new traffic bridge alignment will be evident."

Source: Post Independent

Glenwood Springs Historical Society seeks public input

"Howdy Pardner...

The Glenwood Springs Historical Society/Frontier Museum needs your opinion as it plans for its future. Please participate in this survey, which will take about ten minutes of your time. (...A mere blink of the eye from an historic perspective!)

Then, plan to attend one of two sessions on February 22 at the Hotel Denver Loft, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. We'll share the collective results of this survey and ask for your input on some prioritization of goals, along with your brainstorming ideas for future possibilities for the museum and Glenwood Springs history.

Here is some background that may be helpful:

In 1963, when Glenwood Springs was just 78 years old, a group of concerned citizens founded the nonprofit Frontier Historical Society.

Why?

The preservation of the town’s history was fast disappearing. At first, a small museum was housed in the basement of the Hotel Colorado. Shortly after that, the museum and its collections were moved to a small house on the 800 block of School Street. As the collection grew, space for its displays became a challenge.

In 1971, Stella Shumate bequeathed her home at 1001 Colorado Avenue to the society, and the Frontier Museum moved to its current location in 1972. The name of the organization was changed to the Glenwood Springs Historical Society in 2016.

What do we do?

We conduct an authentic “Ghost Walk” through the historic Linwood Cemetery with actors portraying settlers, pioneers and outlaws in costume at their characters’ gravesites. There are also summer programs and historic tours. The Hidden History Tour, Museum Tours, Sunday Walking Tours, Cemetery Tours, Coal Camp Tours, and the Cardiff Schoolhouse Programs to name just a few. We provide historical photographs for businesses and individuals. And we research genealogical inquiries and many, many more historic questions from the public for Glenwood and the entire Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys.

We ask that you complete this survey by Wednesday, February 15. But why put it off? Go ahead and get started now. Thanks in advance for your participation.

P.S. Call 970-945-4448 or email us today for membership information. (Historically speaking...our members never regret it.)"

Source: Glenwood Springs Historical Society & Frontier