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A final draft oft he Mid Valley Area Community Plan is now available for review at All interested community members are encouraged to view the plan and accompanying maps. Comments, questions or suggestions regarding the documents should be submitted by Sept. 12 and can be forwarded to Eagle County Senior Planner Cliff Simonton at or at 970-328-8751.

The midvalley includes the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork drainages in the southwestern corner of Eagle County. Four separate character areas were identified through the planning process: the Highway 82 Corridor Area, the Emma Area, the Fryingpan Area and the Missouri Heights Area. As proposed, the updated Mid Valley Area Community Plan provides separate chapters outlining individual goals, policies and strategies for each area.

The Eagle County Planning Department has been working to update the plan since 2009 with input collected from residents, local government officials, service providers and others. Comments received during the final review period will be forwarded to the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission for their consideration prior to adoption, tentatively scheduled for November.

“Past, Present and Future” is the theme of the Colorado River District’s Annual Water Seminar set for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. The cost to attend is $25 and includes morning coffee, pastries and a lunch.

Anne Castle, assistant secretary for Water and Science, Department of the Interior, is the keynote speaker. Seminar topics start with the 75-year history of the Colorado River District and a new book on the organization by author George Sibley, “Water Wranglers.” Other topics to be covered during the day are the drought, the Bureau of Reclamation/7 States Colorado River Basin Study results and a look at the November elections. A full agenda, press release and registration form is attached.

After the seminar, starting at 4 p.m., the Colorado River District is holding an Ice Cream Social and Open House at the Two Rivers Convention Center to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

The Slow Money movement, cited by as “one of the top five trends in finance in 2011,” is coming to Carbondale Sept. 1. Bringing together thought leaders, investors, philanthropists, food entrepreneurs, farmers and the general public, Slow Money’s first Rocky Mountain Regional Gathering will be held at Sustainable Settings, an organic farm and educational center located on Highway 133.

The program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It features Woody Tasch, the founder of Slow Money; Gary Nabhan, world renowned conservation biologist and MacArthur Fellow; Joel Benson, mayor of Buena Vista; Michael Brownlee of Localization Partners in Boulder; and Kris Holstrom of EcoAction Partners in Telluride; as well as Slow Money leaders from Austin, Texas, and San Francisco. They will be joined by small food entrepreneurs, farmers and investors from the region, who will offer their views on what is needed to rebuild local food systems.

Cost is $75. Afterwards, Sustainable Settings is holding its annual Harvest Festival farm dinner and entertainment, for which additional registration is required. Further details and registration for both events can be found online at

The Colorado Workforce Centers is offering a series of free roundtable discussions for businesses this fall beginning with the first of the series on “Wage and Hour” by Mark Kochman of the Colorado Department of Labor. The series is free to all local businesses and will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, in both Rifle and Glenwood Springs via the Colorado Mountain College Internal Video System. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Glenwood or Rifle Workforce Centers at 970-945-8638 or 970-625-5627.

Rock ‘n’ Rugby, a concert fundraiser for Glenwood Defiance Rugby Football Club, is slated for Sept. 8 at the Eagles Club in Glenwood (312 Seventh St.).

The doors open at 4 p.m., and the bands go on at 8 p.m.

Concrete Vibe, Glenwood’s very own rock band, Grand Junction’s The Haven Effect and Denver’s V.O.I.E.D. will be playing. For info on all three bands, go to Facebook, Reverbnation and their own websites.

Admission is $10 at the door or $7 if purchased in advance at the Eagles Club or online at

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