Fireworks use ban goes into effect
On June 11, citing public safety concerns, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously supported a prohibition on use of fireworks in unincorporated Garfield County, due to high fire danger and ongoing dry conditions.
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The Bocco Fire is now 100% contained. An unauthorized drone shut down all air operations on the fire on Sunday afternoon. Please respect the federal TFR, or temporary flight restriction, currently in place for firefighter and pilot safety.      Bocco Fire updates     UCR June 10 press release

Fire restrictions

May 31 - Garfield County Stage 1 unincorporated private and state lands fire restrictions
May 31 - Town of Carbondale Stage 1 fire restrictions
May 31 - City of Rifle Stage 1 fire restrictions
June 8 - Stage 1 fire restrictions for BLM lands in Mesa and Garfield counties    map
June 15 - White River National Forest Stage 1 fire restrictions      map
June 16 - Glenwood Springs Stage 2 fire restrictions
June 12 - Pitkin County Stage 1 fire restrictions

Burn permit restrictions
No open burning is allowed without a permit, and no burn permits will be issued until conditions permit after Labor Day.

Inmate discovered "non-responsive" at Garfield County Jail
June 21 - A male inmate of the Garfield County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) was found in his cell to be non-responsive at approximately 3:30 a.m. by a GCSO deputy during a routine check. Immediate attempts were made to revive him, including CPR, and emergency medical services were notified. The EMT's arrived on scene shortly thereafter and continued attempts to revive the inmate. The inmate was pronounced dead at 4 a.m.

A standard investigation will be made to assure all proper procedures were followed prior to, and at the time of, discovery of the non-responsive inmate. Additional information, including the name of the deceased, will be released by the Garfield County Coroner once appropriate notification of the next of kin has been established.
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Garbage Man Appreciation Week
As part of National Garbage Man Appreciation Week, the Garfield County Landfill is honoring the hard work of all trash collection workers, and offering a hot dog bar on Wednesday and Thursday, June 20-21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Citizens urged to be 'bear aware'
With expected dry conditions in Garfield County, officials with the Garfield County Sheriff's Office and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are urging citizens to be aware of bears in the area, and to secure any trash.
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Primary Election FAQs
The Colorado Secretary of State's Office answers the most common questions surrounding primary elections. Colorado's 2018 Primary Election takes place on Tuesday, June 26. Ballot drop-off sites are now available.

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Primary Election June 26
The Clerk and Recorder's offices in Glenwood and Rifle are providing election and recording services only on Primary Election day, June 26. No titles, registrations, marriage licenses or no vital records requests will be processed.
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Colorado Department of Transportation

June 6 - Highway 13 chip seal project between Rifle and Meeker begins June 11
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Grand Avenue Bridge overlay work at night
May 21 - On Thursday, May 31, crews will begin installation of the polyconcrete overlay. The overlay will help to protect the bridge and extend its overall longevity.

Please note that the polyconcrete overlay can have a distinct chemical smell; this is normal. Expect heavy construction noise. Crews will close one lane southbound at approximately 6 p.m. and one lane northbound at approximately 9 p.m. to allow for access. The overlay work is scheduled for weekday evenings and is anticipated to be complete June 8.
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May 17 - Preventative rockslide work begins on Highway 133 near McClure Pass

April 8 - Glenwood Canyon rock fence improvement project

April 6 - Glenwood Canyon bike path is open for spring

March 26 - Bridge work on westbound I-70 bridge near Rifle

March 21 - I-70 Glenwood Canyon rockfall fence improvement project brings westbound right lane closure, east and westbound short-term traffic stops, and a reduced speed limit of 35 mph. The project will be in operation Monday - Thursday, 7 am - 7 pm until August.

     Air quality statewide   National Weather Service
  AQI Index for Colorado River Valley reports Garfield County air quality

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