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Sunlight Mountain Resort and LIFT-UP, a volunteer-based poverty relief organization, have teamed up to encourage local residents to donate food for the less fortunate this holiday season.

At this annual charity event, Sunlight collects donated nonperishable food items to be donated and distributed locally to people in need from LIFT-UP’s five area food pantries.

Skiers and snowboarders who donated nonperishable food items at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Dec. 12-13, will receive a coupon for a $25 lift ticket. The coupon may only be redeemed on Dec. 12-13 at Sunlight Mountain Resort.



Registration began this week for Colorado Mountain College’s spring semester.

Many classes start the week of Jan. 11, at all 11 CMC locations and via distance learning. Additional classes start throughout the semester.



CMC offers associate degrees, occupational certificates, GED preparation, ESL instruction and noncredit classes for lifelong learners, as well as customized business training.

Course schedules were sent out in the mail to all residences recently. For more information, go online at coloradomtn.edu/register, or visit local campuses in Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Carbondale and Aspen.

Students new to the college or those who have not taken classes within the past 10 months need to register in person. Students who have taken classes within the past 10 months can also register by mail, phone or fax, or online at coloradomtn.edu/register.

New student orientation at the Roaring Fork Campus is set for Jan. 7-8.

For more information, visit or call the Lappala Center in Carbondale, 963-2172; the Glenwood Center, 945-7486; the Spring Valley Center, 945-7481; the Aspen Campus, 925-7740; or the West Garfield Campus, 625-1871. Or, call the college toll-free at 1-800-621-8559.

Owners of aircraft at the Garfield County Airport in Rifle will not have to pay rent on their parking spots for the seven months that the airport is to be closed for a runway expansion project next year.

The Board of County Commissioners on Dec. 7 agreed to waive the rental fees for those months, which airport manager Brian Condie said will amount to a loss of some $65,000 in revenues.

The rentals were budgeted to bring in more than $111,000 for the year, Condie reported, from the dozen individuals and companies that keep aircraft at the facility.

The airport is being closed to the public for seven months beginning in April 2010.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued its first avalanche warnings of the 2009-2010 winter season, for the San Juan mountains around Durango, Silverton, Telluride, Ouray, Lake City, Creede and Wolf Creek Pass.

CAIC forecasters said the avalanche danger in those areas was high on Tuesday, meaning that human-triggered and natural avalanches were likely.

For the central mountains, which includes the Roaring Fork Valley and surrounding areas, the CAIC issued an avalanche watch, indicating that avalanche danger in the local high country is “considerable” and that human-triggered slides are likely and natural slides are possible.

For more avalanche information or to report slides, check the website at http://www.colorado. gov/avalanches or call (303) 499-9650.


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