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NEW YEAR'S EVE: Celebrations abound across the Western Slope

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Christmas may be over, but the holiday season still reigns supreme with New Year's Eve - Monday, Dec. 31 - looming large on the horizon.

Just remember: Celebrate safely!

"The primary New Year's concern is drunk drivers (and) driving," Mesa County Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said. "To that we say, plan ahead. Call a cab, establish a sober designated driver, spend the night. Depending on the outside temperatures, people will most likely want to avoid extended time outside."

So, with that in mind, here's some fun ways to ring in 2013.

Gateway Canyons Resort is hosting its own New Year's Eve celebration, complete with a champagne toast, fireworks and dancing with the David Starr Band. Festivities run from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., and admission is $130 (not including a room). Call Gateway Canyons Resort for more information: 970-931-2458.

With many of Colorado's top-tier ski resorts within a few hours of Grand Junction, why not ring in the New Year on skis? Visit your favorite ski resort's website for information on New Year's Eve events, deals and parties.

Telluride Ski Resort, for example, will host two torch-light parades (one into the town and the other into Mountain Village) during the early evening hours. Plus, fireworks and a Main Street countdown (in front of the courthouse) will ring the New Year in right.

Just remember - hotel reservations tend to book up over this holiday weekend, so make your plans ASAP.

If you're staying local, don't forget to check your favorite restaurant, brew pub or bar for New Year's celebrations. Drink specials, music and dancing may be just the ticket at your local haunt.

Powderhorn Mountain Resort is hosting its own Grand Valley torch-light parade and fireworks display at sunset, too (starting at 6 p.m.). Musical act Jack + Jill will jam out for the crowd on the Sunset Deck from 2:30-5 p.m. And a Monster Ball Drop Rail Jam will be held from 4-6 p.m. The celebration ends early, however - at 7:30 p.m.

Feel like dancing? The DoubleTree on Horizon Drive is throwing a New Year's party featuring musical guests Firefall and Stray Grass. Tickets are $39 a person and there's a complimentary champagne toast at midnight! There's also ticket prices to include rooms and dinner. Call 970-257-8138 for more info.

Teenagers (from 6th through 9th Grades) may want to check out the Bananas Fun Park Teen Bash on Riverside Parkway Dec. 31. It's scheduled from 7-11 p.m., with a DJ, dancing, plus food and drink specials. And it's only $10 per person at the door. For more information, visit www.bananasfunpark.com.


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