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A community rally for a drill-rig-free Thompson Divide will be held on the south lawn at Carbondale’s Third Street Center on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 – 11 a.m.

The family-friendly rally will feature speakers, live music, larger-than-life puppets, petitions to sign, and a group photo. It’s scheduled to end in time for the day’s Oktoberfest activities in downtown Carbondale.

Organizers are urging everyone to express their support for protecting the Thompson Divide area from natural gas development by showing their support with positive signs and activities.

The Oct. 8 rally is being organized by a new informal group called Community for Thompson Divide. Malcolm McMichael, one of the founders, said the purpose of the rally is to demonstrate popular support for protective legislation proposed by the Thompson Divide Coalition as well as public demand for the BLM to deny the unitization proposal.

Volunteers are still needed to help with the event, McMichael said.

The Third Street Center is located at 520 S. Third St. Parking is limited, so rally-goers are urged to walk or ride bikes. In the event of rain, the rally will be held indoors.

For more information, contact or visit the Community for Thompson Divide’s page on Facebook.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Curves continues to work to raise awareness in women about the life-saving importance of risk management, early detection and treatment.

Throughout the month, Curves of Glenwood Springs women’s fitness center is waiving the joining fee for new members who show proof of a mammogram within the past year or make a $25 donation to breast cancer research.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, each participating Curves center will focus on three important goals in supporting this annual campaign:

1. Helping women learn the facts about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

2. Encouraging women to work out three times a week to help reduce their risk of developing breast cancer.

3. Participating in fund-raising efforts to support the research and outreach efforts of the ACS.

“Curves mission has always been to strengthen women,” according to the staff of Curves of Glenwood Springs. “Typically, women are caregivers, but when it comes to breast cancer, women need to understand how important it is to take care of themselves. Scheduling an annual doctor visit, performing a monthly breast self exam, eating a nutritious diet and making time for regular exercise are all things that a woman can do to stay strong and help reduce her chances of developing this devastating disease.”

For more information about activities in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to learn how to exercise good breast health, contact Curves of Glenwood Springs at 970-945-0660.

Recipients in Garfield and Pitkin counties of grants from the annual Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund were announced today by Don Hannon, Wells Fargo’s Business Banking manager for the Aspen/Garfield market and Christina Montemayor, Wells Fargo’s Aspen store manager. Fifteen locally based nonprofit organizations received the investments totaling $10,500.

“There are so many small, local, grassroots organizations that work tirelessly to help individuals and families who are struggling,” Hannon said. “Often times, these organizations don’t have the resources for fundraising initiatives yet their services are critical. We’re proud to be able to make these special contributions as one part of our overall community investment efforts as a way to show that we appreciate their efforts on behalf of all of us.”

The following local organizations received a Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund grant: Aspen Homeless Shelter; Aspen Mother Puckers; Chris Klug Foundation; Grand Valley United Methodist Church; Growing Years School; High Country RSVP; Marble Historical Society; Mt. Callahan Community Foundation; Roaring For Outdoor Volunteers; Roaring Fork Business Resource; Roaring Fork Valley Early Learning; Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention; Valley Senior Center; Western Colorado Preschool Cooperative; and Wyly Community Art Center.

The Frontier Historical Society will hold its 12th annual Historic Ghost Walk through Linwood (Pioneer) Cemetery in Glenwood Springs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct.14, 15 and 16, as well as Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21, 22 and 23 and Friday, Saturday and Sunday Oct. 28, 29 and 30. This year, tours for Sunday nights will not be sold until the previous Friday and Saturday are sold out. Tours each night will lead you up the hill to the old cemetery where costumed actors portray pioneers from Glenwood Springs’ past, including Doc Holliday and Kid Curry.

Tours are at 7, 7:45, 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7, 7:45 and 8:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tours are limited to 30 people each. Tours are recommended for children school age and up.

Tickets are $15 for all ages. Tickets for Frontier Historical Society members are $10. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Tickets will be available at the Frontier Historical Museum on Monday, Oct. 3. Tickets may be reserved with a credit card by calling the museum at (970) 945-4448.

The Ghost Walk is a fundraiser for the Frontier Historical Society and Museum. For more information, call the museum in Glenwood Springs at (970) 945-4448 or e-mail history@

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