Panel sets open houses on monument status

Grand Valley residents who have wanted to speak with members of the committee studying whether to change the designation of Colorado National Monument to a national park can start doing so Tuesday, the first of four scheduled open houses.

Members of the committee will be available to answer questions at the open houses.

Display boards will have information on issues such as how a transition to a national park might affect transportation, tourism, business, Glade Park access and boundaries of the monument.

Participants also can fill out comment cards.

The first meeting will be Tuesday at Redlands Middle School, 2200 Broadway on the Redlands, just beneath the monument.

A second open house will be Thursday at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St.

Meetings will continue next week on April 18 at Bookcliff Middle School, 540 29 1/4 Road, and April 19 at Glade Park Community Center, 101 16.5 Road.

All open houses will run from 4 to 7 p.m.

The committee will consider later whether to recommend that legislation be sought for a change.


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