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Join Dr. Kenneth H. William at the Rifle Branch Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, to learn about Rifle's history of uranium and vanadium milling. Dr. Williams will also talk about the research activities exploring the role of natural microorganisms in remediating residual contamination of sediments and groundwater.

Williams is a geological scientist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and associate director of the Rifle Integrated Field Research Challenge site in Rifle. He has a Ph.D in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley whose primary research activities explore the cycling of toxic trace metals in the environment and the role of microorganisms in catalyzing such cycling. Call 625-3471 for more information about this Discover Earth event.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers has announced its Young Stewards Initiative, a program aimed at developing a lifelong sense of stewardship of public lands in today's youth.

Under the direction of new Youth Coordinator Hannah Lippe, the nonprofit's goal is to raise awareness among youth about public lands, trails and the teamwork it takes to sustain them.

Each year Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers hosts nine to 12 public projects doing trail and restoration work on public lands from Aspen to Rifle.

For the first time, the nonprofit will offer youth programming on three of these projects. On each family-friendly project, the youth coordinator will delegate important and age-appropriate tasks to kids, and break up the day with some fun and educational outdoor activities.

The three family-friendly projects include the Smuggler Mountain Trail and Restoration Project on Aug. 18, and the Anderson Lake Trail Restoration on Sept. 8.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers also will host Youth Trail Work Parties throughout the summer for youth ages 12-18. This provides an opportunity for youth to get outside, meet new friends, and get dirty maintaining, building, or restoring trails, while earning seven hours of community service.

Youth Trail Work Parties will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, in Carbondale on the Avalanche Creek Trail; Tuesday, July 10 in Aspen; Saturday, July 28 in Glenwood Springs; and Tuesday, Aug. in Aspen.

For more information or to register, contact Lippe at 970-927-8241 or

The Rifle Branch Library is one of 10 libraries in the country chosen to host the traveling exhibition, "Discover Earth: A Century of Change." This interactive exhibit will be in Rifle June 22 through Aug. 17. Peter McBride and Jonathan Waterman will give a presentation for the "Discover Earth" grand opening event at 7 p.m. June 26 about the water issues of the West and about their photo exhibit, "The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict," which will be on display through Sept. 30 at the Rifle Branch Library. Together, Roaring Fork natives Waterman and McBride began the Colorado River Project in 2007 and have since created an impressive body of work including this photo exhibit, an award-winning film, and two award-winning books: "The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict" and "Running Dry: A Journey from Source to Sea Down the Colorado River."

The Salvation Army is here for any emergency such as the High Park Fire, still burning in Colorado, or a personal or family crisis. The local center is located at 1004 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. For help call the Glenwood Springs Service Center at 970-945-6976.

The Middle Colorado River Water Partnership (MCRWP) will speak on water conservation by local agriculture producers in the Middle Colorado River Watershed at the Rifle Branch Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28. This presentation will cover the many benefits derived from proper management of our water resources. Additionally, MCRWP will review the drainage areas of the Colorado River and the distribution of the water to the various states and other downstream users. Call 625-3471 for more information about this Discover Earth event.

The town of Carbondale, Garfield County and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) are inviting residents and business owners to an open house regarding the Access Control Plan being developed for State Highway 133, from SH 82 to the southern town limits at the Roaring Fork High School driveway.

The open house will be held Wednesday, June 27, at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave. in Carbondale. People can attend anytime between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Representatives from the town, CDOT and their consultant, Atkins, will be available to address questions or concerns about the plan. The SH 133 Carbondale ACP will assess all existing and proposed intersections and driveways along the highway and, if appropriate, make recommendations for future changes. Informational boards explaining the plan's goals and objectives, and overall access control concepts, will be on display at the meeting. Additional information is available on the project website,

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities. Call Anna Smith at (800) 497-5529, if you require such assistance.

The Glenwood Springs Art Guild is sponsoring two new exhibits July 1 through Sept. 30. Noemi Kosmowski will be exhibiting her oil paintings at the Flower Mart, 210 Sixth St., Glenwood Springs and Judy Milne will be displaying her watercolors and pastels at Bullock Hinkey Real Estate, 311 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs. Shows will be open to the public during business hours.

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