Briefs: Silich build focuses on EVs, Rally the Valley to finish

Silich Construction has announced plans to convert its fleet of commercial cars to all-electric by the fourth quarter of 2024, purchasing a Ford F150 Lightning and the Mustang Mach-E GT from Glenwood Springs Ford.
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A construction company bets on electric vehicles

Silich Construction has announced plans to convert its fleet of commercial cars to all-electric by the fourth quarter of 2024, purchasing a Ford F150 Lightning and the Mustang Mach-E GT from Glenwood Springs Ford.

Silich Construction is one of the first companies to use Ford F150 Lightning trucks. Their current fleet of five is expected to be fully converted by Q2 2023. By 2024 they plan to add another five to the fleet.

“Ford’s electric vehicles have exceeded my expectations. They are a breakthrough across the board and will form the cornerstone of our commitment to corporate climate responsibility. We have ordered three additional F150 Lightnings which should arrive by the end of of the first quarter of 2023,” said John Silich, President and CEO of Silich Companies.

Silich Construction, a division of Silich Companies LLC., is a general contractor that has operated in Aspen for nearly 30 years.

The Rallye de la Vallée final is Saturday

A 10-year Glenwood Springs tradition comes to an end on Saturday with the last Valley Rally in support of patient services at Valley View Hospital’s Calaway-Young Cancer Center.

But the future for funding the integrative therapies, family support and other cancer patient services the event has supported since the cancer center opened is bright, cancer center officials said.

In addition to closing Rally the Valley, the Valley View Foundation is launching a new $8 million endowment this year, which will fill this funding need going forward, said Community Relations Manager Stacey Gavrell.

The cancer center opened on September 12, 2012, and Rally the Valley began the same year.

The Times gives photos of the Historical Society dating back to 1967

The Aspen Times donated photo archives to the Aspen Historical Society to make the material more readily available to the public, the newspaper said.

The deed of donation describes “70 boxes of photographs and negatives from The Aspen Times newspaper ranging from 1967 to 2003. The boxes contain photographic prints, negatives, contact sheets and corresponding journals relating to the photographic material.”

Eagle Mountain Rat Festival

In a celebration of fall and wellness, Eagle Ranch once again hosts the 6th Annual Mountain Rat Festival with trail and mountain bike races for fitness, The Amazing Race for families with or without children, and even more.

The festival kicks off on Thursday evening, September 15 with a trivia night at Color Roasters, supporting the Adam Palmer Sustainability Fund. Trees Don’t Move will play a set starting at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, September 17, after the Trail Runners begin their three races, Eagle Ranch’s Capitol Street will feature Endorphin’s Bootcamp, The Cycle Effect Women’s Bike Clinic and kids 10 and under in a short sprint .

From noon to 6 p.m., local bands Trees Don’t Move, Pluck Norris and Al Maul will perform.

On Sunday, September 18, once the mountain bike races are underway, the music will be provided by a DJ and the little ones (4 and under) will participate in their own Strider race.

GarCo introduces more affordable financing for housing

Garfield County has awarded its 2022 private activity bond cap (over $3.4 million) to the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority to be used for affordable housing initiatives.

The transfer allows the authority to issue bonds for single-family and multi-family projects in Garfield County, including first-time buyer loan programs.

According to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, tax-exempt bonds are used to help fund private development projects. Counties and municipalities can issue the bonds without obligation to repay investors. The amount of bonds is limited by the Internal Revenue Service, and underwriters use investor funding to issue a loan for a qualifying project, which then repays the loan to investors, plus interest.

“It’s a great program that keeps our HUD dollars in Garfield County,” Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said.

The award was approved unanimously, 3-0.

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