Gas line break disrupts ice arena construction

Construction on ice rink improvements took a bit of a detour Wednesday morning when a subcontractor tapping into a sewer line hit a gas line, said a city official. An employee of Johnson Excavation confirmed the break.

The break in the line caused Howelsen Hill Parkway, which was already partially blocked off so the subcontractor could complete the work, to be closed for about 30 minutes at about 9:30 a.m., said Parks and Recreation Director Chris Wilson. Wilson said he could smell the gas at his nearby office.

Wilson said the break was not a safety risk, was handled in a timely manner and that the project will continued as scheduled.

"In the big scheme of things, we're still on track," Wilson said.

Setback request denied

Fourteenth Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson's recent ruling could mean a Highlands Ranch couple will have to move their Winter Park home.

Thompson hears many cases in Routt County and Steamboat Springs as well as in Grand County.

Patrick and Susan Bremner sought a ruling from Thompson that would have reversed a decision by the Grand County Board of Adjustments. They asked the board for a variance that would have allowed them to keep their home as is. Their request was denied.

The Bremners' just-completed modular home was built in the front setback and is taller than the zoning ordinance allows.

Theoretically, if they don't bring their home in compliance with the zoning code, the Bremners could face fines and jail time.

Free concert today

The faculty of Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp and the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory have joined for two special performances.

At 7 p.m. today, the Depot will house a free concert with members of the conservatory and faculty singers from Perry-Mansfield. The same collaborative work also will be presented at 1 p.m. Friday in the Main Studio on the Perry-Mansfield campus, also free.


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