At 2:19pm the Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District and the Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District were
dispatched to a report of a wildland fire in the area of Holland Hills near the Arbaney-Kittle trailhead. The first
arriving fire units reported a 1⁄4 acre fire on fairly steep slope. The fire was burning in annual gasses, pinion,
juniper, and mountain brush. Crews from Gould Construction and Flame-Out Fire Protection were in the area
an both were on scene with fire extinguishers and water trucks when the fire department arrived.
Crews worked rapidly working around both side of the fire and had the fire contained at about 3:00pm. Crews
will be on scene until dusk working the interior of the fire and ensuring that the containment line is solid. The
fire was located just down valley of the Alpine Meadows Ranch & Kennels adjacent to the parking area at the
Arbaney-Kittle Trailhead.
One civilian, who was helping with initial firefighting efforts, was being treated on the scene for a minor injury.
There is a power outage in the area and Holy Cross Energy is on scene. The fire is believed to have started
under the powerline; witnesses reported hearing an explosion at the time of the power outage and shortly
before the fire was reported. It is believed that the fire was started due to this electrical issue, however
specifics regarding the electrical lines were not available at time of the release.
The Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District and the Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District responded to the
scene with 4 engines, 1 tender, 1 ambulance, a command vehicle and a chief officer. At the time of this release
there were 12 firefighters on scene. The firefighters were assisted on scene by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s
Office, the Basalt Police Department, Holy Cross Energy, Flame-Out Fire Protection, and Gould Construction.


Residents of Glenwood Springs and the surrounding areas of Garfield County may soon be receiving a survey from Valley View in their mailbox. The survey, or Community Health Needs Assessment, will be sent to a random sample of homes in Garfield County and will help Valley View identify the health services needed in the community. The completion of a Community Health Needs Assessment is required by nonprofit hospitals under the Affordable Care Act every three years and is used to inform planning and new programming.

The National Rural Health Resource Center in Duluth, Minnesota is assisting Valley View in the analysis of local needs, the use of local healthcare services, and overall community health. This process was developed to maintain quality healthcare to serve the continuing and future needs of our community.


he Aspen-Sopris Ranger District on the White River National Forest invites members of the public to an open-house meeting to ask questions and discuss the upcoming County Line Project. The public meeting will be held Oct. 3 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Library located on  Cooper Ave,

The project area encompasses approximately 33,000 acres within the Fourmile Creek, Camp Creek-East Divide Creek, Thompson Creek and Edgerton Creek-Crystal River watersheds southwest of Glenwood Springs and west of Carbondale, CO.  components of the County line project will include improving recreation opportunity and public safety, ski area forest health and the existing road system.

For more information about the project please visit:

Colorado voters are going to see a long ballot in November. From choosing the next governor to deciding on important local ballot initiatives .

Coloradans will consider 13 statewide ballot measures and numerous local initiatives. Count Me In invites the community to a discussion of 2018’s ballot measures on Oct. 1, 2018 at the Limelight Hotel Aspen, 355 South Monarch Street, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Count Me In will explain the impact of the ballot measures and how they will affect Colorado’s communities.

Count Me In is a robust civic engagement effort that is working with partners to set up events in communities across the state.