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Yuridia Escontrias-Casas won’t be screaming her way to Hollywood, as she once hoped.On Thursday, Escontrias-Casas, a 2005 Roaring Fork High School graduate and Mesa State student, was eliminated from the “Dead Girls Club” American Scream Queen and King Contest. The coed competition utilized the Internet and a text-message voting system to help recruit new talent for the upcoming horror film “Dead Girls Club.” Escontrias-Casas was a semi-finalist in the competition that ends April 30. Six contestants remain in the actress category, and will be narrowed down to three by the weekend. Filming for “Dead Girls Club” is set to begin in late summer.

Highway 133 south of the McClure Pass summit is once again closed after crews determined that a large unstable rock above the roadway needs to come down to ensure safety for motorists and workers.The road was closed at 11 a.m.According to a Colorado Department of Transportation press release, the highway will remain closed until crews are able to mobilize necessary equipment to bring the rock down and clear the roadway. This will most likely require blasting operations.

Volunteers are needed Saturday to help Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) remove tamarisk and Russian olive trees along the Colorado River in Rifle.These invasive noxious weeds destroy native habitat in the riparian zone critical to 80 percent of the native wildlife. The project will focus on the publicly owned land around the Rifle rest area.RFOV and its project partners: Garfield County, Colorado Department of Transportation, the City of Rifle, the Rifle Chamber of Commerce, EnCana, LoVa Trails, Trout Unlimited, the Tamarisk Coalition, Alpine Bank and others will provide tools, materials, leadership and some great rewards, including a dinner at the end of the day. To volunteer or for more information, call RFOV at 927-8241 or toll free at 877-662-5220, e-mail rfov@sopris.net or visit http://www.rfov.org.RFOV promotes volunteer stewardship of public lands by completing trail work and other long-lasting conservation projects. Now in its 11th season of public projects, RFOV has helped land managers and other organizations create and maintain dozens of trails and natural areas from Aspen to Rifle.

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