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The Archaeology of the Ute Indians and Their Final Years in Western Colorado

Local archaeologist Curtis Martin will present his talk on the indigenous Ute Indians of Colorado at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Silt Historical Park, 707 Orchard Ave. He will be showing slides of some of the few remaining prehistoric and early historic wooden structures that the Utes constructed and left behind in the mountains and plateaus throughout the state. The presentation will also include an overview of the earliest occupants of the state, going back over 13,000 years with emphasis on the Ute Indians and their final years as sovereign residents.

Naturalist Nights 2015

Naturalist Nights, a free speaker series presented by Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), Wilderness Workshop, and Roaring Fork Audubon, brings experts to our region to explore environmental issues through slide shows and conversation. The free series, which includes 20 presentations through March 12, runs at 7 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. Presentations will be filmed and aired on GrassRoots TV as well as archived for free viewing on ACES’, Wilderness Workshop’s and GrassRoots’ websites. Presentation topics this year include: bears in Alaska, Greenland’s glaciers, local wilderness issues, film screenings of “DamNation” and “Ordinary Extraordinary Junco,” and more.

Parents Preventing Sexual Abuse

Parents Preventing Sexual Abuse classes offer 10 tips all parents should know to protect their children from sexual abuse. These free classes are 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 24, at CMC, 1402 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Garfield County Public Health, 195 14th St., Rifle; and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at River Bridge, 520 21st St., Glenwood Springs. Refreshments provided.

Presented by Meghan Hurley, LCSW, and sponsored by the Garfield County Department of Human Services and River Bridge Regional Center. For more information call 970-945-5195 or go to

5Point Film Festival call for entries

Submissions to the 5Point Film Festival in Carbondale will be taken through Feb. 3. If you don’t have your film finished, you can submit an idea of what you’re working on.

5Point has more opportunities in 2015 than ever before for your short films to be screened in front of live audiences. Its season kicks off with the flagship event in Carbondale, and it also launches regional festivals in Asheville, North Carolina, Somerville, Massachusetts, and Bellingham, Washington, in 2015.

Reach out at for more information on becoming a candidate for a grant from the 5Point Film Fund.

Annual Ag Day

Annual Ag Day will be held at the New Castle Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28.

A few of the topics are: COAGMET — technology available to help irrigate more efficiently; Dr. George Beck will be discussing the latest and greatest on noxious weed control for jointed goatgrass, cheat grass and bulbous bluegrass; Sara Dunn will discuss the Colorado Water Plan and how to protect your water rights; and a panel discussion on wildlife damage and predator management.

Lunch is served and space is limited; reserve by Jan. 26 at the district office at 945-5494, ext. 105.

Elks seek hides to help veterans

If you are a hunter, or know a hunter, the Colorado Elks Association would appreciate the donation of any animal hides collected during hunting season through the end of January. The hides will be sent to tanneries to be turned into leather, which will be made into gloves (fingerless and full-finger) for disabled vets to protect their hands while using wheelchairs or crutches. Some of the leather is also used for craft kits that are used for occupational and recreational therapy. These items are given to the vets free of charge. If you have any questions, need more information or want to help collect and salt the hides please contact Tom Regan at (970) 948-9127 or at

Mesa Vista introduces new Adult Day Program [run until further notice] [12/5, 26, 30; 1/8,9]

Mesa Vista Assisted Living in Battlement Mesa would like to announce the opening of their new Adult Day Program, open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program offers seniors a safe, supportive environment with friendly social interaction, planned activities, snacks and a hot lunch, giving spouses or other caregivers a break. For information call Mesa Vista at 970-285-1844.

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