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The Glenwood Springs River Commission is asking for volunteers to help with picking up trash along the public riverbanks in town on Saturday, Aug. 27. The cleanup will start at 9 a.m., and will be followed at around 1 p.m. by refreshments, a community barbecue, and drawings for prizes. Prizes include restaurant gift certificates and pool passes. There will also be live music from All the Pretty Horses.Volunteers should meet and sign in at Two Rivers Park. City vans will be available to shuttle volunteers to and from cleanup sites.Anyone can volunteer. Let us know you’re coming, so we can plan for food and drinks. Sign up in advance at

All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The libraries will resume normal hours Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. You can still browse and request books, movies, and more on our website,, during the closure. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Carbondale’s year-round professional theatre, Thunder River Theatre Company, is proud to announce that it has received a grant from the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado in the amount of $5,000. TRTC has received $4,000 up front and the remaining $1,000 is a challenge stipulated by the granting foundation.The grant was awarded to TRTC because of their outstanding efforts in embracing diversity, especially their Latino Theatre Initiative, designed to celebrate the Latino population. The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado has also been helping to support TRTC’s El Dia de los Muertos annual event. Executive Artistic Director Lon Winston was approached by the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado to apply for an Impact Grant designed to share TRTC’s success with other nonprofits. A few years ago, Winston and Associate Artistic Director Valerie Haugen visited the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, which has one of the most successful Latino Outreach Initiatives in the country. Winston and Haugen spent four days examining all aspects of their initiative. TRTC has since been consistently employing these ideas.Starting this fall, TRTC will be contacting nonprofits in Pitkin, Garfield and Mesa counties to offer short workshops to share with them TRTC’s success in this area of their mission. The workshops are free. Donations from participating nonprofits for any amount to help match the $1,000 would be most welcome. Individuals or businesses who wish to help TRTC meet the challenge, should send their checks to TRTC, 67 Promenade, Carbondale, CO 81623. Please contact Lon Winston at 970-963-8200 with inquiries regarding involvement.

Locating and mapping noxious weeds is an important component of effectively and efficiently managing weed infestations. Utilizing sophisticated GPS units, we are able to produce maps showing which weeds are present, where they are located, and the intensity of the infestation. A map of noxious weed infestations provides land managers a special tool in weed control which can be used to estimate how much land is affected and help determine which methods of control are necessary. Based on the amount of affected land, the amount of herbicide needed and associated costs can be estimated. Data collected on weeds can be referenced in the future to determine how much progress has been made on controlling infestations. Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts offer this service, free of charge for rural landowners. If you are interested in this program or the noxious weed cost share program call the District office at 945-5494, ext. 105.

Rotary International, a worldwide service organization, organizes high school student exchanges around the world. Our three local Rotary Clubs (Glenwood, Sunrise and Rotario) are looking for students interested in this exchange program for the coming 2011/12 school year. Applications are due in September. We are also looking for families interested in hosting one of the two students we have coming to GSHS next fall. Hosting takes a simple application, a parent background check, and lots of love to welcome a young person into your hearts and home for three months at a time. Hosting a student is a great way for parents and and their children to get to know Rotary Youth Exchange before applying to go on exchange themselves.Go to and click on Youth Services. For more information about this incredible opportunity of a life time, contact Trish Kramer at 945-9874 or

The New Castle Annual Water Report is available on the town website at It is now on the home page under ‘Quick Links’ 2010 Water Confidence report.

Volunteers needed to help Alpine Hospice patients “tell their life story.” Rewarding opportunity to offer support, listen, and be a friend to someone facing end of life issues. Training provided. Volunteer office support positions are also available. Contact Sandy Miller at (970) 210-5912.

Celebrate our rivers by entering the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s 2011 Roaring Fork Watershed Photography Contest. Photos must include rivers, streams or water in the Roaring Fork watershed, either directly or indirectly. Amateur and professional divisions; deadline for entries is Sept. 30, 2011. Info and contest rules at

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