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The town of Silt will hold a Community Revitalization Partnership (CRP) visit in conjunction with the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and Downtown Colorado Inc. (DCI) on Feb. 8-9. Local organization representatives, business owners, property owners, and residents are encouraged to participate in focus groups on Feb. 8.

The CRP program is designed to provide downtown revitalization and economic development technical assistance to Colorado communities with a population of 20,000 or less and is coordinated by DOLA and DCA, a nonprofit organization committed to building better communities by providing assistance to Colorado downtowns, commercial districts and town centers, as well as the coordinator of the Colorado Main Street program.

Since 2005 DOLA and DCI have teamed up to offer technical assistance visits to communities involved in downtown revitalization.

Through the CRP program, a technical assistance visit, valued at more than $19,000, is provided to accepted applicant communities for only $3,000 plus travel expenses, after DOLA’s reimbursement.

The CRP team’s schedule includes a detailed tour of the community and a full day of focus groups with local government representatives, local organization representatives, business owners, property owners and residents. The two-day visit will conclude with a presentation to the public providing an assessment of the community as well as action steps.

All local organization representatives, business owners, property owners and residents interested in participating are asked to contact Kathleen Michel, Silt Community Development Department, at 876-2353 or kathleen@townofsilt.org by Feb. 4 to learn more details about the focus group times.

For further details on how the DOLA/DCI CRP program works, visit the website at http://www.downtowncoloradoinc.org.

The Bureau of Land Management has renamed its office in Silt as the Colorado River Valley Field Office.

Formerly known as the Glenwood Springs Field Office, the office made the name change after moving its two Glenwood Springs locations to a single location in Silt last fall.

“After we moved about 20 miles west of Glenwood, our old name was simply no longer accurate,” said Steve Bennett, field manager for the Colorado River Valley Field Office. “We needed a name that better represented the region we manage, rather than a single location.”

The Colorado River Valley Field Office manages 567,000 acres in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, Rio Blanco and Routt counties. It is part of the Northwest Colorado District, which also includes the Little Snake, White River, Kremmling and Grand Junction field offices.

The new office is located at 2300 River Frontage Road in Silt, which is along the frontage road south of Interstate 70 and east of the Silt interchange. It’s open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached at 876-9000.

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 3-7 p.m. and again on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Garfield County Public Health will be running the last two large-scale community walk in clinics for both seasonal flu and H1N1 flu vaccinations. This event is open to everyone and both types of flu vaccine will be available. The H1N1 flu vaccine is still free. The seasonal flu vaccine is $20 for adults and $10 for children. The clinics will be held at both the Glenwood Springs Public Health office 2014 Blake Ave. (next to Valley View Hospital) and at the Rifle Public Health office 195 W. 14th St. (next to City Market). For questions please call Public Health at 945-6614 or 625-5200. Flu season runs through the early part of Spring. Public Health is still urging everyone to get their vaccination.

Andrew Romanoff, Democratic Party U.S. Senate candidate, is holding a reception/ fundraiser in downtown Glenwood Springs at the Brew Pub, tonight from 5-7 p.m. Romanoff will speak briefly and discuss issues with area Democrats.

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