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PHOTOS: 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony

Fire dancers with the Dance of the Sacred Fire performs for the crowd at the 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony.
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People watch and listen while Symphony in the Valley performs in the Colorado room at the Hotel Colorado 31st annual Lighting Ceremony on Friday night.
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The Denver Dolls perform for the audience at the 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday night.
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A fire dancer with the Dance of the Sacred Fire performs for the crowd at the 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony.
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A young audience member watches as the Legacy Dance Company takes the stage at the 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday night.
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Legacy Dance Company dancers perform for the audience at the 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday night.
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A fire dancer with the Dance of the Sacred Fire performs for the crowd at the 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony.
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Young Legacy Dance Company dancers perform for the audience at the 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday night.
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A fire dancer with the Dance of the Sacred Fire performs for the crowd at the 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony.
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Symphony in the Valley performs Christmas classics in the Colorado room at the 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday night.
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Liberty Classical Academy students sing Christmas classics at the 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday night.
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An infant gets their photo taken with Santa in the Devereux room at the 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday night.
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People check out the gingerbread houses in the Roosevelt room at the 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday night.
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A young child looks in awe at the lights at the 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday night.
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A child looks around and takes in the lights at the 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday night.
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Visual Journalist Chelsea Self can be reached at 970-384-9108 or cself@postindependent.com

PHOTOS: Hundreds turn out for annual Carbondale Turkey Trot

An estimated 600 runners and walkers turned out for the annual Carbondale Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Participants had the choice between a 1K fun run or a 5K along the Rio Grande bike path through town starting and finishing at the Carbondale Recreation Center.

An event organizer leads a dance to warm up the runners before the start of the annual Carbondale Turkey Trot on Thursday morning.
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A turkey hunter with sling-shot in hand waits for the start of the annual Carbondale Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.
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Runners dance to music to warm up before the start of the annual Carbondale Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.
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A turkey waits in the crowd with other runners before the start of the annual Carbondale Turkey Troy on Thanksgiving morning.
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A young turkey heads out from the starting line at the annual Carbondale Turkey Trot on Thursday morning.
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An estimated 600 runners and walkers took part in Carbondale's annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.
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A pup takes part in the annual Carbondale Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.
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Turkey Trot runners make their way to the finish line at the annual Carbondale event on Thanksgiving morning.
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Three young girls near the finish line at the annual Carbondale Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.
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Participants head out at the start of the annual Carbondale Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.
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Excited kids take off from the starting line at the beginning of the 1K fun run at the annual Carbondale Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.
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Participants head out at the start of the annual Carbondale Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.
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A couple of turkeys make their way to the finish line at the annual Carbondale Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.
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Buddy the elf and an Neil Armstrong make their way to the finish line at the annual Carbondale Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.
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Visual Journalist Chelsea Self can be reached at 970-384-9108 or cself@postindependent.com

PHOTOS: Making mosaic masterpieces in Glenwood Springs

Six-year-old Natalie Rand and 8-year-old Chris Zacharias watch as art teacher Ms. Liz shows them how to put glue on the glass pieces for their mosaics at the Thanksgiving Break ArtKamp on Tuesday morning at the Glenwood Community Art Center.
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Ms. Liz at the Glenwood Community Art Center hosted a Thanksgiving Break art camp Monday through Wednesday where kids were able to design and layout a glass mosaic piece with trees as the theme. With the holidays on their minds, most kids decided to go with a Christmas tree theme, while others designed winter wonderlands.

The art show for the camp will be hosted at the community art center at 5 p.m. today, where kids will be able to show off their art.

Ms. Liz will be hosting two more art camps in December the weeks before and after Christmas. The themes of these camps will be crafty holiday gifts and gnome winter diorama. For more information about the camp, visit GlenwoodRec.com or contact Ms. Liz at 970-274-3794.

Five-year-old Maddox Tran goofs around with a small broom before starting his mosaic piece at the Thanksgiving Break ArtKamp with Ms. Liz on Tuesday morning.
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Eight-year-old Violet Enzer works on laying out her mosaic piece at the Thanksgiving Break ArtKamp with Ms. Liz on Tuesday morning at the Glenwood Community Art Center.
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Eight-year-old Elliot Nelson works on laying out his mosaic piece at the Thanksgiving Break ArtKamp with Ms. Liz on Tuesday morning at the Glenwood Community Art Center.
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Eight-year-old Violet Enzer works on laying out her mosaic piece at the Thanksgiving Break ArtKamp with Ms. Liz on Tuesday morning at the Glenwood Community Art Center.
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An art student carefully lays out glass pieces for their mosaic at the Thanksgiving Break ArtKamp with Ms. Liz on Tuesday morning at the Glenwood Community Art Center.
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Five-year-old Maddox Tran gets help from student aid Luna Zacharias at the Thanksgiving Break ArtKamp with Ms. Liz on Tuesday morning.
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Eight-year-old Lilly Marrapodi puts glue on a glass piece for her mosaic at the Thanksgiving Break ArtKamp with Ms. Liz on Tuesday morning at the Glenwood Community Art Center.
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Five-year-old Maddox Tran picks out glass pieces for his mosaic piece at the Thanksgiving Break ArtKamp with Ms. Liz on Tuesday morning at the Glenwood Community Art Center.
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Ms. Liz instructs students how to start their mosaic art pieces at her Thanksgiving Break ArtKamp at the Glenwood Community Art Center on Tuesday morning.
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Memphis Enzer, 10, picks out glass pieces for his mosaic at the Thanksgiving Break ArtKamp with Ms. Liz on Tuesday morning at the Glenwood Community Art Center.
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Visual Journalist Chelsea Self can be reached at 970-384-9108 or cself@postindependent.com.

PHOTOS: A salute to veterans

Glenwood Springs High School honored veterans last week during their annual Veterans Day assembly. Students and honored guests were treated with performances by the GSHS band, choir and Air Force Junior ROTC. This year’s guest speaker was former US Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis who was injured in a helicopter crash during a tour in Afghanistan.

Honorary veterans and guests stand during the presentation of the colors during the Glenwood Springs High School Veterans Day assembly last week.
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Glenwood Springs High School students stand in attention during the presentation of the colors at the start of the annual Veterans Day assembly last week.
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A veteran is honored and recognized during the annual Veterans Day assembly at Glenwood Springs High School last week.
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Honorary veterans and guests hold flags and roses during the annual Veterans Day assembly at Glenwood Springs High School last week.
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The Glenwood Springs Air Force JROTC present the colors at the annual Veterans Day assembly at the school last week.
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A veteran is honored and recognized during the annual Veterans Day assembly at Glenwood Springs High School last week.
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Members of the Glenwood Springs High School band perform during the annual Veterans Day assembly at the school last week.
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Guest speaker and veteran Kirstie Ennis addresses students and veterans at the annual Veterans Day assembly at Glenwood Springs High School last week.
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Honorary veterans and guests attend the Glenwood Springs High School Veterans Day assembly last week.
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Members of the Glenwood Springs High School JROTC salute to veterans at the annual Veterans Day assembly at the school last week.
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A member of the Glenwood Springs High School JROTC addresses the audience during the annual Veterans Day assembly last week.
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Members of the Glenwood Springs High School band perform during the annual Veterans Day assembly at the school last week.
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Members of the Glenwood Springs High School JROTC stand in attention at the annual Veterans Day assembly at the school last week.
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Visual Journalist Chelsea Self can be reached at 970-384-9108 or cself@postindependent.com

PHOTOS: Victors welcome for the state champion Roaring Fork soccer team

Members of the Roaring Fork soccer team hoist the 3A championship banner during a town welcome home Saturday afternoon in downtown Carbondale.
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Fans lined the street in downtown Carbondale Saturday afternoon to welcome home the newly crowned Colorado 3A state boys soccer champion Roaring Fork High School Rams.

No. 11 Roaring Fork defeated No. 1 Jefferson Academy 2-1 Friday night at Weidner Field in Colorado Springs to win the soccer program’s first state championship, and the school’s first team championship of any sort since 1991.

An official victory parade is planned for 4 p.m. Monday on Main Street.

Los fanáticos se alinearon en la calle en el centro de Carbondale el sábado por la tarde para dar la bienvenida a casa a los recién coronados campeones de fútbol masculino del estado de Colorado 3A, Roaring Fork High School Rams.

El No. 11 de Roaring Fork derrotó al No. 1 Jefferson Academy 2-1 el viernes por la noche en Weidner Field, en Colorado Springs, para ganar el primer campeonato estatal del programa de fútbol y el primer campeonato de equipo de la escuela de cualquier tipo desde 1991.

Salve a los valientes vencedores de Carbondale

Miembros del equipo de fútbol Roaring Fork izan la pancarta del campeonato 3A durante una bienvenida a casa el sábado por la tarde en el centro de Carbondale.
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Fans de Roaring Fork High School se reunieron en Fourth and Main en Carbondale el sábado por la tarde para dar la bienvenida a casa al campeón estatal de fútbol masculino 3A, Roaring Fork Rams.
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Miembros del equipo de fútbol Roaring Fork levantan el trofeo del campeonato 3A durante una bienvenida a casa el sábado por la tarde en el centro de Carbondale.
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El entrenador en jefe de fútbol de Roaring Fork, Nick Forbes, muestra un artículo del campeonato estatal de fútbol 3A del viernes.
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PHOTOS: Celebrating Day of the Dead in Carbondale

Celebrating Dia de los Muertos — or Day of the Dead — skeletons paraded down Main Street in Carbondale on Friday. The dead danced on stage, and performers played with fire in front of the new mural depicting spirits of the dead on Fourth Street.

A procession of skeletons makes its way down Third Street in Carbondale on Friday.
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A parader donning a skeleton mask while holding a candle walks down Third Street in Carbondale on Friday.
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A parader waves colorful sheets attached to fans during a Day of the Dead celebration in Carbondale on Friday.
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A widow and two dead brides to be walk down Main Street in Carbondale on Friday.
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The Day of the Dead procession slowly makes its way down Main Street in Carbondale on Friday.
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A couple of skeletons prepare to participate in the Maypole Dance in Carbondale on Friday.
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A participant performs in a Maypole Dance during a Day of the Dead event in Carbondale on Friday.
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Day of the Dead attendees watch a performance in Carbondale on Friday.
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Day of the Dead dancers perform on stage in Carbondale on Friday.
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A fire dancer spins a wheel of burning torches in Carbondale on Friday.
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Reporter Ray K. Erku can be reached at 612-423-5273 or rerku@postindependent.com.

PHOTOS: Glenwood’s Halloween Spooktacular and Spooky Skate

A kid waits for his balloon to be made at Glenwood's Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday evening.
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Kids in costumes skate around the ice rink during the Spooky Skate portion of Glenwood's Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday evening.
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A kid in a costume throws a bean bag through a stack of cans at one of the game stations at Glenwood's Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday evening.
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A group of kids and adults play a game at one of the game stations at Glenwood's Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday evening.
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A kid in a ninja costume sits in the driver's seat of the fire engine at Glenwood's Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday evening.
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A mummy ice skates during the Spooky Skate portion of Glenwood's Spooktacular on Saturday evening.
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Kids in costumes play putt-putt at Glenwood's Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday evening.
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Kids in costumes skate around the ice rink during the Spooky Skate portion of Glenwood's Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday evening.
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A kid in a chicken costume sits in the driver's seat of the fire engine at Glenwood's Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday evening.
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A kid dressed as a clown talks to a man at one of the game stations at Glenwood's Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday evening.
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Kids in costumes slide down a bounce house at Glenwood's Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday evening.
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Kids in costumes jump around in the bump-n-jump at Glenwood's Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday evening.
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A kid plays an interactive game at Glenwood's Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday evening.
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A kid dressed as Chuckie runs through the bounce house at Glenwood's Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday evening.
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Kids in costumes skate around the ice rink during the Spooky Skate portion of Glenwood's Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday evening.
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Visual Journalist Chelsea Self can be reached at 970-384-9108 or cself@postindependent.com

PHOTOS: Rifle Halloween trunk or treat parade

Kids wait in line with anticipation before the start of the Halloween Parade in Rifle on Friday morning.
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A spooky skeleton stands on top of a rock before the start of the Halloween Parade in Rifle on Friday morning.
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Kids and parents make their way down the trunk or treat Halloween Parade in downtown Rifle on Friday morning.
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A young Dorothy makes her way through downtown Rifle with her dog Toto during the Halloween Parade on Friday morning.
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A girl makes her way through the trunk or treat portion of the Halloween Parade in Rifle on Friday morning.
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Kids are greeted by Spongebob and Elmo in downtown Rifle during the Halloween Parade on Friday morning.
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Kids and parents make their way through downtown Rifle during the Halloween Parade on Friday morning.
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A dinosaur and transformer make their way down Third Street in downtown Rifle for Friday morning’s Halloween Parade.
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Two girls hang out with the Mark Twain statue outside of the Rifle Garfield County Library before the start of the Halloween Parade on Friday morning.
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Kids and parents make their way through downtown Rifle during the Halloween Parade on Friday morning.
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Pikachu tries to keep up with the rest of the pack during Friday morning's Halloween Parade in downtown Rifle.
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A downtown Rifle merchant hands out candy during Friday morning's Halloween Parade.
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A child dressed as Chuckie passes through the trunk or treat portion of the Halloween Parade in downtown Rifle on Friday morning.
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Visual Journalist Chelsea Self can be reached at 970-384-9108 or cself@postindependent.com

PHOTOS: Ghosts return to Linwood Cemetery

Volunteer ghosts India Butchart and Casey Hocknell look out to the city of Glenwood Springs before the start of Friday evening's annual ghost tour at Linwood Cemetery.
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The Frontier Historical Society’s Ghost Walk returned to Linwood Cemetery with a sold out night Friday after going virtual in 2020 due to COVID-19. Volunteers dressed up and informed visitors of the history of Glenwood and those who once inhabited the area.

This year’s theme focused on the women of Glenwood’s history and featured figures such as Amelia Williams, lady of the night Elmira Kier, Elanora Malaby and Allie Ward.

Also featured early in the tour is a man representing the coal miners who once ventured into the dark underground mines surrounding Glenwood Springs.

The tours continue this Friday, Oct 29, at Linwood Cemetery on Bennett Avenue with start times of 6:30, 7:15, 8 and 8:30 p.m. The early tour is recommended for families with young children.

Volunteer Jim Frale lights a lantern before the start of the annual ghost walk at Linwood Cemetry on Friday night.
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Volunteer ghosts India Butchart and Casey Hocknell chat and figure out which grave they will stand by before the start of Friday evening's annual ghost tour at Linwood Cemetery. Butchart represented Elanora Malaby and Hocknell was set to play Allie Ward.
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Volunteer India Butchart walks around Linwood Cemetery to set up lanterns before the start of the annual ghost walk on Friday evening.
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Volunteer Jim Frale sets up his area before representing the many coal miners that make up the Roaring Fork Valley's rich history.
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Volunteer Jim Frale rubs coal from an old mine in New Castle on his hands and face before playing an old coal miner on Friday night's ghost tour at Linwood Cemetery.
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Volunteer ghosts India Butchart and Casey Hocknell help light lanterns before setting them throughout Linwood Cemetery to provide light for tour goers on Friday evening.
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Old lanterns are used throughout Linwood Cemetery to add light and create an old timey feel at the annual ghost walk.
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Volunteers set up lanterns throughout Linwood Cemetery before the start of the annual ghost walk on Friday evening.
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Lanterns light up the gravestone of Eugene Whitney at Linwood Cemetery on Friday evening during the annual ghost walk.
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Visual Journalist Chelsea Self can be reached at 970-384-9108 or cself@postindependent.com

PHOTOS: Rifle homecoming parade

Folks in the Rifle community woke up Saturday morning to the annual homecoming parade, a procession that started at the Garfield County Fairgrounds and made its way south on Railroad Avenue.

The Rifle High School band performs while participating in a homecoming parade Saturday.
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A teenager gives a peace sign while sitting on a float during a homecoming parade in Rifle on Saturday.
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Two teens sit on the back of a truck during a homecoming parade in Rifle on Saturday.
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Rifle cheerleaders perform a routine during a homecoming parade in Rifle on Saturday.
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Rifle volleyball players participate in a homecoming parade in Rifle on Saturday.
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A semi-truck hauling kids on its trailer rolls down Railroad Avenue during a homecoming parade in Rifle on Saturday.
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A Future Farmers of America student drives a cart during a homecoming parade in Rifle on Saturday.
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Reporter Ray K. Erku can be reached at 612-423-5273 or rerku@postindependent.com