Annual Ag Day will be held at the New Castle Community Center from 9:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts will be kicking off their 60th year anniversary at Ag Day with a drawing for a free day rental of the no-till drill.
A few of the topics are: reed grass, a new noxious weed; agritourism, hydro and solar power – it really is feasible for you; and snow survey technology.
Mike Kishimoto will prepare his famous barbecue, so reservations are required. Call Sharie at the district office by Jan. 18 for reservations at 945-5494, ext. 105.
The Colorado River District is accepting grant applications for projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources within its 15-county region, which includes all watersheds of the Colorado River within western Colorado, except those that drain to the San Juan River or to the Dolores River upstream of the Mesa County line.
Successful grantees can receive up to $150,000 (or approximately 25% of the total project cost; in the case of smaller projects, this percentage may be slightly higher) for their project. Application deadline is Jan. 31.
For application, guidelines and policies, visit http://www.ColoradoRiverDistrict.org/page_193. For more information, contact Dave Kanzer, P.E., or Alesha Frederick; Colorado River District, P.O. Box 1120, Glenwood Springs, CO 80601; 945-8522; or email@example.com.
Garfield County Environmental Health staff encourages residents to pick up a free radon test kit during January, which is National Radon Action Month. Radon is a radioactive gas responsible for hundreds of lung cancer deaths in Colorado each year. It enters homes through the ground, contaminating the air inside.
The kits determine if radon gas exists inside homes. Contact local Environmental Health departments in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties, or the City of Aspen or town of Vail to pick up a free radon test kit. The Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER) office in Carbondale also offers free radon test kits.
Visit the Garfield County website for general radon information, information on test kits, a radon information class Jan. 19 offered by the city of Aspen, a radon guide producing by federal agencies, and information from the state of Colorado at http://www.garfield-county.com. Or call Garfield County Public Health at 970-625-5200, ext 8106, for more information.
The city of Glenwood Springs is seeking public input on its parking planning through an online survey and is providing an incentive to participate by offering prizes of $500 in Downtown Parking Perks cash-equivalent tokens to two random winners. The tokens are redeemable at more than 20 participating businesses in the downtown. The survey may be accessed by the Parking Survey link on the city website at http://www.cogs.us or by typing in the case-sensitive short URL bit.ly/COGSParking. The 10-minute survey will be available until Jan. 31. To be eligible for the prize drawing, participants must be 18 years or older, submit only one response and provide their names and contact information.
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Forest Service investigates Independence Pass snowmobiling case; alleged culprit posted pictures on social media
Numerous people have identified Breckenridge resident David Lesh as one of the men riding snowmobiles on snow-free terrain near Aspen. Lesh has posted several pictures of his illegal activity on social media, including snowmobiling at what he identified as the summit of Mount Elbert.