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The Say YES to Carbondale group will be holding a “fireside chat” about The Village at Crystal River project on Tuesday evening at The Gathering Center at the Orchard, 110 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale.Participants in the event will be local philanthropist Jim Calaway and VCR developer Rich Schierburg talking about issues related to the ongoing election in which voters are being asked to either approve or reject the project.The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served, according to organizers.

The Mount Sopris Conservation District will be sponsoring the “Water Law in a Nutshell” workshop on Friday, Feb. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This seminar will cover all aspects of water law related to water rights and ditch rights in Colorado. Discussion will include appropriation, use, abandonment, ditch owner rights and responsibilities, mutual ditch company law, etc., and enforcement of various types of water rights. Continuing education credits are available for realtors and attorneys. Registration fee is $50 and class size is limited. For more information or a registration form call the Mount Sopris Conservation District at 945-5494, ext. 105.

The Red Cross is looking for volunteers in Glenwood Springs area. If you are interested or would like to know more call Charlotte Ralff at 970-987-1362.



The death of a loved one can be an overwhelming experience for anyone. For a teen with family members overcome with their own experience of grief, it can be isolating, confusing, life-altering and devastating. This new peer-based support group will allow teens, ages 12-18, to connect with other teens who have lost a loved one to death and learn healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with grief. This free group, sponsored by Pathfinders, will meet Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 12 through March 1 at Coal Ridge High School. Limited to 10 teens. Registration is required. Please call Lindsay Patterson, MA with questions or to register, 970-456-8924.

Colorado State University Extension (CSUE) on the Western Slope is recruiting volunteers who will attend regional in-depth training sessions on food safety and food preservation, and afterwards will share their knowledge by volunteering in the community. CSUE is excited to offer the Master Food Safety Advisor (MFSA) program for people who have an interest in food safety and food science or love to cook or preserve food. CSUE is offering intensive regional training on food safety and prevention of foodborne illness, methods of canning, pickling, freezing and dehydrating. Master Food Safety Advisors must apply for selection to be in the program, must attend all trainings, work cooperatively with other volunteers and give a minimum of 20 hours of service to the community by sharing their knowledge and teaching others.Training will be conducted on Wednesdays, March 7, 14 and 2 with a Local Planning Day on March 28 for Garfield County volunteers. The training is held at the Garfield County Extension Office, Event Hall, 1001 Railroad Ave. in Rifle (at the fairgrounds). Openings in the Master Food Safety Advisor program are limited. The cost of the training is $125 with a commitment of 20 hours of volunteer service. Applications are available at the Eagle County Extension Office at 441 Broadway, Eagle, or on the website http://www.eaglecounty.us/csu/. Applications are due Feb. 24. For more information on becoming a Master Food Safety Advisor volunteer, contact Glenda Wentworth at glenda.wentworth@eaglecounty.us or (970) 328-8630.



As of Dec. 1, the Colorado River District is accepting grant applications for projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources within its 15-county region. The Colorado River District includes all watersheds of the Colorado River within western Colorado, except those that drain to the San Juan River. Projects eligible for the grant program must achieve one or more of the following objectives: develop a new water supply; improve an existing system; improve instream water quality; increase water use efficiency; reduce sediment loading; implement a watershed management action; control tamarisk; or protect pre-1922 Colorado River Compact water rights. Each project will be ranked based upon its own merits in accordance with published ranking criteria. Successful grantees can receive up to a maximum of $150,000 (or approximately 25 percent of the total project cost whichever is less; in the case of smaller projects, this percentage may be slightly higher) for their project. The total amount available for the 2012 competitive grant program is $250,000. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2012.To access the Water Resources Grant Program application, guidelines and policies, please visit http://www.ColoradoRiverDistrict.org/page_193. For additional information please contact Alesha Frederick at 970-945-8522; Colorado River District, 201 Centennial St., Glenwood Springs, CO 80601 or e-mail grantinfo@crwcd.org.

Suicide prevention is a community responsibility. Help educate and take a stand with those who are experiencing depression, suicide ideation or currently in a crisis. Are you willing to present this education in your place of business to help protect those who maybe suffering? By learning about the myths and facts that surround depression and suicide ideation, as a community we can stop the most preventable kind of death. People don’t want to die by their own hand, they want to stop the pain that has completely engulfed their everyday ability to function. By bringing the topic of suicide into the open, we as a community can cleave together and make a difference for a healthy way of life for one another in Garfield County. To schedule your presentation, call Donnalyne LaGiglia, chair/suicide prevention education at 970-948-6108.

The Frontier Historical Society’s 2012 calendar, Hunks & Honeys of History, is still available. Only $10, it is full of the beautiful people from Glenwood’s historical past. The calendar is available at the Frontier Historical Museum, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and many downtown businesses. Thank you to our sponsors: The Hotel Denver, Bank of Colorado, High Country Gems & Minerals, The Property Shop, Gran Farnum Printing, Downtown Drug, Juicy Lucy’s, Glenwood’s Downtown Market, The Book Train, Glenwood Sew, Glenwood Springs Downtown Partnership and Personality. Info: 945-4448 or history@rof.net.


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