Garfield County

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    GarCo Report: Sheriff cuts ties with PitCo jail, new gravel pit, rising insurance costs and more

    It looks like short commissioner meetings are already a thing of the past. This week’s agenda was full, including a comment from the public on the proposed, controversial Sweetwater State Park.

    Mary Stevens, member of the Sweetwater Lake Working Group, expressed concern that the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Parks… read more →

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    GarCo Report: Staff thanks Alberico; public hearing regarding proposed subdivision on old Ascendigo property coming up

    “Jean, you are a leader,” proclaimed Michelle Davies, administrative assistant to the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder, at the Jan. 9 Garfield County Commissioners meeting. It was the last time Democrat Jean Alberico would take her seat alongside the board before Republican Jackie Harmon steps in.

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    GarCo Report: Trails, water, Senator Joe Manchin and a changing of the guard

    Garfield County Commissioners had a busy agenda for their final regular meeting of 2022.

    The meeting kicked off with introductions of Bentley Henderson, new deputy county manager, and Jackie Harmon, county clerk and recorder-elect.

    A celebration for Jean Alberico, who is retiring after 40read more →

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    2022 midterm projections

    Ballots are in and still being counted around the country. As of 9 a.m. on Nov. 10, some races are too close to call. Although, there are a few which have rounded the bend. The Sopris Sun reached out to each of the local candidates but had limitedread more →

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    Nuclear power for Western Colorado?

    At a June 15 meeting of the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC) in Rifle, State Senator Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale) discussed his desire to explore nuclear power generation as a possible supplement to the state’s transition away from thermal generating plants and toward renewables, such as solar and wind. It… read more →

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    Jackie Harmon and Becky Moller vie for GarCo clerk and recorder

    With the retirement of Jean Alberico, after 16 years as Garfield County’s clerk and recorder, two candidates are running to lead that vital office this November. In addition to overseeing voter registrations and elections, the clerk and recorder office manages motor vehicle titling and registration, real estate transactions,read more →

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    Garfield County secures broadband grant; approves housing bond transfer

    On Sept. 7, Garfield County announced that it has secured a $1.7 million grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to support the county’s ongoing project to improve local broadband infrastructure.

    Plans to improve broadband internet in Garfield County have been underway since May of 2016,… read more →

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    Ryan Gordon challenges Tom Jankovsky for GarCo seat

    For three terms, since 2011, Republican Tom Jankovsky has served on Garfield County’s Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). This November, voters will decide whether to grant Jankovsky a fourth term or elect Democrat Ryan Gordon to represent District 1.
    The Sopris Sun interviewed each candidate individually about their motivations… read more →

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    Sweetwater on the rocks

    Sweetwater Lake has turned into a thorn in the side of the Garfield County Commissioners, caught off guard when Governor Jared Polis declared that the newly purchased federal land may become Colorado’s 43rd state park. 

    In September 2019, during a public meeting the commissioners discussed the plan of the… read more →

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    Getting by without GarCo animal control

    It’s been more than a year since Garfield County (GarCo) has gone without an animal control (AC) unit. 

    When it came to GarCo’s 2021 budget, the commissioners, faced with a hit in revenue, asked various departments to make cuts where each saw fit. The sheriff’s department set AC on… read more →