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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Budget Travel is running a contest to name America’s Coolest Small Towns, and Glenwood Springs is now officially one of 15 finalists, according to local publicist Mandy Gauldin of Peak Communications.

To support Glenwood Springs in the contest, supporters can vote once a day at this site:,14/

The finalists are concentrated in Eastern states. Glenwood Springs and Quincy, Calif., are the only Western towns on the list of finalists.

Current voting has Glenwood Springs in last place, but there is time to catch up.

Voting continues through Feb. 14.

Cripple Creek Backcountry in Carbondale is hosting a free avalanche talk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. Light refreshments will be served, and Brian McCall, local avalanche forecaster with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, will discuss area snowpack conditions. Other topics will include planning and preparing for backcountry travel, recognizing avalanche terrain, decision making and group dynamics in the backcountry, as well as basic search and rescue with beacons, shovels and probes. An open forum will follow the presentation.

Space at the event is limited. Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP at

The Glenwood Springs girls basketball team has chosen Advocate Safehouse to be its community service project this season. Support includes posting LUNAFEST posters at businesses in Glenwood Springs, collecting for their canned food drive and running ticket sales for LUNAFEST at City Market from 10 a.m . to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. The team will be collecting canned or nonperishable foods during the Rifle versus Glenwood Basketball game on Thursday night, Jan. 31. The girls varsity game begins at 5:30 p.m.

The St. Stephen’s Parent Association is putting on Mardi Gras Family Fun Night from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the St. Stephen’s Church basement at 1885 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs. There will be a DJ, dancing, food, fun and games. Cost is $5 per person or $15 for a family of 4-6 people, with food and games sold separately. Proceeds will go toward the St. Stephen’s School Scholarship Fund. Everyone is welcome.

SoL (stands for Stage of Life) Theatre Company is celebrating the grand opening of its new home at 995 Cowen Drive #101 (Gateway Plaza, next door to The Goat) from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. SoL is a new nonprofit children’s theater based in Carbondale the purpose of which is to build a healthy community and nurture our youth to their greatest potential through the performing arts. The grand opening will feature some of SoL’s finest young talent performing live acts, fun prizes and treats for kids, as well as drinks and appetizers for adults.

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 percent 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 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 Libraries is excited to offer the Food for Fines program again this February. Bring in nonperishable food items to any of the six branch libraries and receive credit on your library card account. For each item you donate, you will receive a $1 credit toward overdue fines that are currently on your account (not lost materials or fees). All items donated will be given to the local LIFT-UP.

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