Newly elected Eagle County Commissioner Jill Ryan will meet today with constituents from the Roaring Fork Valley in Basalt.
Ryan will be available from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Heather's Savory Pies and Tapas Bar at 166 Midland Ave.
Ryan, a Democrat, won a close election in November in a three-candidate race with a Republican and an independent. Her strong showing in the Basalt and El Jebel areas of Eagle County provided the votes she needed to offset a deficit of votes in the Eagle Valley.
Aspen Community Foundation has provided Lift-Up with a $30,000 grant to help provide emergency food to needy individuals and families from Aspen to Parachute.
Lift-Up Executive Director Mike Powell said the foundation's continued support is vital because the demand for food from people who are scrapping by continues to grow.
"We increased the amount of food we give out to families last year from three days worth of food to four, so we ended up distributing more than 50,000 bags of food in 2012 - a 51 percent increase over 2011 - so this grant helps us tremendously," Powell said in a statement.
Lift-Up operates seven food pantries, in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Rifle and Parachute.
Fresh snow at Sunlight: The caption for a photo of a snowboarder riding through fresh powder at Sunlight Mountain Resort in the Jan. 30 edition was incorrect. The snowboarder in the photo is Dylan Cox. The photo is courtesy Sunlight Mountain Resort.