Rockfall Work Suspended for Winter on U.S. Hwy. 550
OURAY COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation has suspended work for the winter on a project to reduce rockfall on US Hwy. 550 on Red Mountain Pass south of Ouray. The work, which began October 10, was done between the Bear Creek Tunnel and the snow-shed (mile marker 91). The two-season project will resume in May 1, 2012, when weather permits, and will be completed by June 15, 2012.
The safety improvement project, contracted to Midwest Rockfall, Inc., of Denver for $845,880, involves rockfall reduction measures between mile posts 88 and 91. The mitigation will include
minor rock scaling (rocks will be brought down with pry-bars or inflatable bags); rock stabilization (crews will drill 1 3/8” holes, approximately 20 feet apart, down to fracture points, then fill holes with a Poly-Urethane Resin, which acts as a kind of glue; rock bolting (crews will drill and insert 10-foot-long steel dowels and 25-foot long steel rock bolts into various locations to provide further stabilization; and rockfall netting (several types of rockfall wire mesh/netting will be anchored from above to guide smaller rocks into ditch below).
For information on this project, call Midwest Rockfall, Inc.’s Public Information Manager Scott Drawz, at 970/462-1529.
All Points Transit Announces Rate Increase on Dial-a-Ride Service
MONTROSE—All Points Transit will raise rates for its local Dial-a-Ride Service to keep pace with the rising costs of service and fuel, effective Jan. 1. Dial-a-Ride is a door-to-door transportation program that serves seniors and persons with disabilities in Montrose County, Delta County and Norwood in San Miguel County.
Seniors 60 and older are asked for a donation to ride. The current suggested donation for a local trip is $1.50 per stop, or $3.00 round trip. As of Jan. 1, 2012, the suggested donation for seniors will be $2 per stop or $4 round trip on local trips.
“We understand that 50 cents per ride could be significant for some individuals who use the service, and All Points Transit wants to remind all seniors 60-plus+ that this is a suggested donation only,” said All Points Transit Executive Director Terri Wilcox. “However, we could increase our revenue by as much as $20,000 more per year this way, with the funds going towards continuing and improving service for those who need it.”
The rate for persons with disabilities making a local trip is $5 per stop or $10 round trip, while Medicaid participants travel at no cost on approved trips.
All Points Transit is a 501c3 non-profit organization that, in addition to Dial-A-Ride service, also runs the Montrose City Bus. The mission of All Points Transit is to “provide safe, reliable transportation by promoting accessibility and independence for seniors, persons with disabilities and the general public in our service area.”
For more information about the rate increase, contact Terri Wilcox at email@example.com or 970/249-8865.
Matt Beaudin Joins TASP
TELLURIDE – Matthew Beaudin, former editor of the Telluride Daily Planet, has moved to the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program, in a development role.
TASP is a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of people with disabilities, both physical and cognitive, through recreational activities. Last year, TASP worked with nearly 400 people in more than 2,000 adaptive activities, ranging from taking wounded veterans arm-biking in Moab, Utah, to enabling regional special education students to ski.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have him join our team,” said TASP Executive Director Courtney Stuecheli. “He brings with him an enthusiasm and passion for excellence that is contagious, not to mention his communication skills, myriad local contacts and in-depth understanding of our resort mountain community.
” Beaudin will primarily work on development and special events for the organization, which holds two major fundraisers each year, the Bob Miller Memorial Golf Classic in the early fall and the Goin’ Cowboy at the Opera event in the spring. He joins Stuecheli, Volunteer and Program Coordinator M’Lin Miller and Program Director Tim McGough. Beaudin was the editor of the Telluride Daily Planet for five years and worked at the paper for more than six years total. Beaudin, who grew up in Steamboat Springs and Manitou Springs, Colo., went to college in Boulder and moved to Telluride immediately after graduation. “I’m excited,” Beaudin said of his new job. “Is it different? Certainly. But the adaptive mission is wonderful, and it’s a chance to combine the things I love, and that’s writing and sharing the outdoors with people. “I mean, you’re getting some people outside who once thought they’d be relegated to their wheelchairs on concrete paths,” Beaudin said. “You’re giving people a chance to feel the wind on their faces. What could be better than that?”
Beaudin can be reached at TASP at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (970) 728-5010.