Around 4 a.m. on June 25, 2019, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was paged to a report of a structure fire at an upholstery shop located at 12665 Highway 82, Carbondale. 
 
Upon arrival, firefighters found a large workshop with visible flames on two sides of the building and heavy vegetation surrounding the building. Firefighters were able to knock down the fire and call it under control within 30 minutes. The fire was contained to two sides of the building. The fire also caused a significant amount of smoke damage to the interior.
 
“The fire was in a visible location on Highway 82 very early this morning,” said Deputy Chief Allan Ingram. “We were on scene within 15 minutes and able to knock the fire down quickly. Firefighters did an excellent job containing the fire to the building and preventing any spread to the nearby vegetation.”

The fire is being investigated by Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, but it is not believed to be suspicious. No loss amount has been determined at this time. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries.
 
Carbondale Fire responded with two engines, a tender, an ambulance and ten personnel. Roaring Fork Fire Rescue, Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Carbondale Police Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, Holy Cross Energy and Black Hills Energy also responded to this incident.
The Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has a new home and a new regional director. As of March, Eagle County Government now serves as the SBDC’s local host at 500 Broadway in Eagle. Earlier this month, Erin McCuskey was selected to serve as its regional director. 
 
The Northwest SBDC offers free or low-cost consulting and training for both emerging and existing small businesses. The northwest region includes Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin, Summit, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, Jackson, Routt and Moffat counties. Information on available services can be found at www.northwestsbdc.org. 
 


The City of Glenwood Springs held a ribbon cutting to welcome the new 29-foot Gillig transit bus to the Ride Glenwood Springs fleet on Tuesday, June 25. The bus is ADA compliant and equipped with a Cummins L9N ultra low emission engine, powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
 
The L9N is certified to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Optional Low NOx emissions standard of 0.02 g/bhp-hr — 90% lower than current emissions standards.
 
The new bus is possible thanks to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), who awarded the City $458,384 in FASTER Grant funding in 2017 to assist with the purchase of the bus.
 
Ride Glenwood Springs (RGS) is the City’s year-round public transit bus service.