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Cleanup of Panhandler Camp Not the End of the Story

December 18, 2012
Police and politicians in Carbondale have been talking a lot lately about how to deal with the panhandlers at the intersection of Highway 82 and 133. And about two weeks ago, the Highway Patrol and the Department of Transportation took matters into their own hands clearing out a camp underneath the bridge near the intersection where some of the panhandlers were living.

That cleanup may have pushed the panhandlers elsewhere, but as KDNK's Nelson Harvey reports, it did little to address the larger issue of homelessness in the Roaring Fork Valley.
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Local Panhandler Ron Gross on Recent Cleanup Near Carbondale

Earlier this month, State Highway Patrol officers and officials from the Colorado Department of Transportation conducted a "clean up" of a homeless encampment beneath the bridge near the intersection of highway 82 and 133. The camp was a hangout for several individuals who panhandle regularly at the intersection, and the cleanup came just days after Carbondale trustees discussed the panhandling issue at a public meeting.

Ron Gross was living under the bridge when the cleanup occurred, and KDNK's Nelson Harvey caught up with him recently to ask what happened.
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