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EL JEBEL – The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ivan Loya Maldonado, age 35, and Jamie Loya Valenzuela, age 31, both of New Castle, on Feb. 3 on charges of counterfeiting, a class 5 felony, and possession of a forged Instrument, a class 6 felony. Valenzuela was also charged with possession of cocaine (a class 6 felony).

Both men are also accused of offering to sell fake identification cards to an undercover detective. Police say that the men delivered a fake Resident Alien Card and fake Social Security Card to the undercover detective for a fee of $120. The cards had been produced on their home computer.

Maldonado and Valenzuela are being held in the Eagle County Detention Facility on a $2,500 bond and have an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer.

CARBONDALE – The Carbondale Board of Trustees is looking for volunteer citizens to serve on a medical marijuana facilities advisory group.

The purpose will be to research and discuss issues related to the location and regulation of medical marijuana facilities, and report findings to the town board.

The group will not debate the merits of medical marijuana, which is legal by state law. However, a range of concerns have been aired to the town trustees regarding dispensaries and grow operations within town limits.

Carbondale citizens interested in participating on the group can submit letters of interest to: Carbondale Medical Marijuana Facilities Advisory Group, 511 Colorado Ave., Carbondale, CO 81623, or e-mail letters to community@carbondaleco.net.

The deadline to submit a letter of interest is Wednesday, Feb. 17.

d Sopris Ranger Districts in mid-October to take a position as district ranger on the Naches Ranger District of the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests in Washington. Bill Kight, who is serving as the acting district ranger during the interim, will return to his duties as forest archeologist for the White River National Forest.

The town of Silt was selected to receive a $25,000 grant to create jobs by starting or expanding businesses in rural communities. Through funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) businesses will be able to access critical capital that will help with start-up and working capital loans, and other business needs.

“The town will provide matching funds to ensure these vital resources are available to the local business community,” said Colorado Rural Development State Director Jim Isgar. The town plans to provide loans to spark commercial reinvestment in the downtown area. The funding will be in a revolving loan fund for local businesses, but does not duplicate existing resources. “Bringing new businesses to a community is vital to retain and create jobs, this grant will help the town of Silt do just that,” said Isgar.

“The town of Silt is vested in our business community. With the help of the USDA, the town can now offer a new program to facilitate local economic recovery and stimulate business growth,” said Town Administrator Betsy Suerth.

The funding is being provided by ARRA through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program (RBEG), http://www.rurdev.usda. gov/rbs/busp/rbeg.htm, which helps finance new and existing businesses as well as employment-related adult education programs. RBEG funds can be used for start-up and working capital loans, building and plant renovations, transportation improvements, project planning and other business needs. More information about USDA’s Recovery Act efforts is available at http://www.usda.gov/recovery. More information about USDA Rural Development Programs in Colorado is available at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/co.

The Forest Service announced the selection of Scott Snelson to serve as the district ranger on the Aspen and Sopris Ranger Districts of the White River National Forest. Scott Snelson currently lives in Sitka, Alaska, where he serves as the forest staff officer for Fish, Watershed and Soils on the Tongass National Forest. In this capacity, he oversees these programs for the nation’s largest national forest, guiding resource protection and restoration for the 17 million acre temperate rainforest. He is expected to report for his new assignment on the White River on March 29.

Snelson grew up in central Minnesota, where he lived to camp, hike, hunt and fish. Snelson began his land management career as a farm hand on his uncle’s dairy farm in northern Wisconsin, where he spent his summers helping his uncle scratch out a living from the rocky loam landscape. Snelson spent 16 years in Montana where he earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Montana State University in biological sciences and where he worked as a U.S. Forest Service trail crew foreman in the Bob Marshal Wilderness and as a firefighter. Snelson worked for the state of Montana as a fisheries biologist, restoration ecologist and watershed coordinator before returning to the U.S. Forest Service as the forest aquatic ecologist for the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota, which includes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Snelson’s wife, Heidi, is a Rocky Mountain native and currently serves special needs children as a para-professional with the Sitka School District. The couple have two daughters, the oldest is a forestry student at the University of Montana in Missoula, and the youngest is a junior in high school.

Snelson has been selected to fill the position vacated by Irene Davidson who left the Aspen an

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