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Following is a preview of tomorrow’s headlines

A retired federal land employee from Silt joined conservationists from around the region Thursday in expressing concern over the future of a landmark environmental law.Bob Elderkin of Silt and others who participated in a telephone press conference said the National Environmental Policy Act, signed by President Nixon in 1970, is in danger of being weakened.They also argue that a congressional committee is failing to involve the public adequately in evaluating a law designed to involve the public in federal land management.The National Environmental Policy Act protects and empowers the public, Elderkin said. It makes sure the local community is not left out of decisions, and it provides us the opportunity to base these decisions on good information.Elderkin worked for the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Service and Bureau of Land Management. He was involved in oil and gas regulation at the BLM, and since his retirement has been vocal in the debate over proposed drilling on the Roan Plateau near Rifle.

Authorities have identified a man who drowned on Tuesday in the Roaring Fork River near Carbondale as Kenneth William Uttecht, 77, of Broomfield.Uttecht died of accidental drowning, according to Garfield County Deputy Coroner Bradley Braverman, who released the mans name today following notification of next of kin.Uttecht died while he and two friends, also from Broomfield, were fishing from a boat that belonged to one of the men, Braverman reported.Uttecht, who was riding in the back of the boat, reportedly fell out backwards after the boat hit a rock in the river. The other two men, whom Braverman declined to identify, stayed with the boat and managed to get to shore and call for help.

Carbondales Mountain Fair is determined to prove that, unlike other long-running music festivals, its not pigeonholed into one genre.The annual festival this weekend seeks to schedule diverse acts incorporating original and traditional music from a variety of cultures into their acts, said Mountain Fair music director Amy Kimberly.Each year, we strive to find new and interesting sounds that please and challenge fair-goers, she said. This has created a musical menu that can include everything from gospel and bluegrass to Afro-Cuban funk and reggae while still adding up to a satisfying meal.Friday’s entertainment schedule includes:4:45 p.m. Opening blessing4:505:30 p.m. Rhythms of the Heart drum circle5:356:45 p.m. The Kissers high-energy Celtic rock6:308:30 p.m. Kelele African drum and dance ensemble workshop and performance7:158:30 p.m. Oakhurst acoustic rock porch musicSee tomorrow’s Options section for a complete list of Mountain Fair music and entertainment.

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