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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 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

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 or by typing in the case-sensitive short URL 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.

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.

Call Garfield County Public Health at 970-625-5200, ext 8106, for more information

Garfield County Libraries is kicking off The Big Read with John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath?” at 5:30 p.m. during Carbondale’s First Friday on Feb. 1. Y’all come to downtown Carbondale to enjoy the bonfire, sing and dance to Slide Whistle, and meet the book’s main characters, the Joads, as they camp alongside Route 66 – all right outside the Gordon Cooper Branch Library at the Fourth Street Plaza on Main Street. RFHS students will be portraying the Joad family and sharing hot drinks. This library celebration is part of the town of Carbondale’s monthly open family gathering.

Gallery 809 is featuring a “Winter Scenes Exhibit” throughout the month of January. It is a collaboration of numerous talented artists within the valley. The gallery is located at 809 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. For more info, call 945-0809.

First Friday in February is Fat Friday in Carbondale as Mardi Gras carnival season kicks off early with First Fat Friday on Feb. 1, and includes a parade with 25 floats, restaurant and merchant parties and specials, and fun. For more information, or to register a float, contact Andrea at the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, 970-963-1890 or

The parade starts at 4:30 p.m. at the corner of Second and Main Street, down Main Street to Seventh Street, where it ends. A panel of local, celebrity judges will make awards to floats in several categories.

CMC Children’s Mini College in Glenwood Spring is hosting its 10th annual Chocolate Extravaganza from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Center at 1402 Blake Ave. The annual event is free and open to the public and features free chocolate desserts (including a chocolate fountain), a drawing for Round of golf for four plus lunch at Aspen Glen Country Club, $500 cash, and numerous other items. There is a huge silent auction featuring more than 100 items. Businesses throughout the Roaring Fork Valley have donated an array of fabulous items for this year auction. The auction items include ski packages, automotive work and pet care, original artwork, clothing, games, tons of gift certificates from your favorite businesses and much more. Babysitting for the event is available on a limited basis, call 945-2446 to make your arrangements or for details.

The Colorado Department of Revenue offers a business tax class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in Glenwood Springs. The class covers the laws surrounding state sales and use taxes applicable to businesses conducting sales in Colorado. This class is for new businesses in Colorado and/or taxpayers considering opening a business, and/or those with no sales/use knowledge. Topics covered will include state sales tax license requirements, sales tax rate application, nexus, tax-exempt sales transactions, use tax liabilities, available electronic services and much more.

Due to limited seating, preregistration is required. For more information and to sign up for this class or other classes offered by the Colorado Department of Revenue, visit

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