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Glenwood Springs High Schools biggest play in years opens tonight, but you wont have trouble finding a seat.Overall ticket sales for Les Miserables are fantastic, but sales for both tonight and next Thursday have been slow, said director Gayla Rowe.Part of the problem is likely that the tickets are available only at two locations GSHS and Mountain Peddler, 821 Grand Ave. compared to four locations last year, said Rowe. Another problem may be that the school is restricted in its advertising by the plays publisher to print. The publisher allows radio public service announcements, but no radio ads, said producer Rosario Young.The tickets for a play like “Les Miserables” should be hot sellers, especially with this years cast, said Young.The talent (Rowe) has this year may never come around again for decades, she said.Among the performers are tenor Daniel Bailey and soprano Jackie Collier, both second-year Colorado All-State Choir performers and GSHS seniors.They qualified for the All-State Choir in October at Mesa State College, then auditioned again in February at Colorado State University before performing to a sold-out crowd at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins that same month.The production is just amazing, said Young. Im blown away by it.What: Les MiserablesWhen: March 17-19 and 24-25Where: GSHS AuditoriumTickets: $10 adults; $8 12-18; $6 seniors, students, children under 11. Available at GSHS and Mountain Peddler.

Gary Aho has seen both the best and worst of times in his 25 years in the Colorado River Valley. On the forefront of oil shale development in the 1970s, Aho is once again in the fray.Aho sits on an advisory committee formed by the DOEs Office of Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves to develop a plan for oil shale production focusing on the Piceance Basin in Colorado, eastern Utah and southern Wyoming Aho said.With oil now approaching $60 a barrel, interest has once again focused on oil shale as the answer to Americas need for domestic oil. That scenario has brought renewed interest by DOD in developing a universal transportation fuel that can be used in all military vehicles. Aho said that will likely be jet fuel, which is now being used in some military vehicles in Iraq. And oil shale is one of the best sources for jet fuel, he added.

Glenwood Springs residents would be barred from putting out their trash the night before its scheduled pickup under a measure aimed at reducing encounters with bears.City Council is scheduled to consider the ordinance at its meeting Thursday night at City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.The goal of the ordinance is to avoid having to require city residents to replace their trash cans with more expensive bearproof containers.The city plans to begin phasing in replacement of trash containers in city parks with bearproof ones, at a cost of about $40,000.

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