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RIFLE ” Portions of East Seventh Street will be closed this week, beginning Monday, March 17, while crews make some permanent repairs to large potholes in the road.

Repairs were put on hold until the asphalt plants were up and running again, according to City Manager John Hier.

The road will not be closed to traffic, but sections will be detoured.



For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 625-6223.

CARBONDALE ” A panel of experts will discuss the potential for wildfires to affect the White River National Forest and adjacent urban areas, at a public meeting Wednesday in Carbondale.



“Fire on our Forest” will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Carbondale Town Hall conference room. It is free and open to the public.

The panel will feature Alton Anderson, a fuels specialist for the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit, as well as Doug Paul, a fire-mitigation specialist for that same cooperative of federal agencies.

The panel also will include Tom Eager, an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service and an expert on bark beetles; Phil Nyland, terrestrial wildlife biologist for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger Districts; and Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson.

The discussion is being sponsored by the Forest Conservation, a nonprofit organization formed in 2001 to protect and preserve the White River National Forest.

The meeting will discuss the risks and benefits of forest fires and preventative measures that homeowners can take to guard against fires.

BASALT ” Basalt business owners and residents are invited to attend a candidates forum from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, sponsored by the Basalt Chamber, TownCenter Booksellers and Access Roaring Fork, at Basalt Middle School.

The forum will be broadcast daily on Access Roaring Fork, Cable Channel 17 from March 20 through Election Day, April 1.

For more information contact the Basalt Chamber at director@basalt-chamber.com or 927-4031.

from staff reports


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