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Republican businessman Walker Stapleton, a candidate for the office of Colorado state treasurer, will be in Glenwood Springs on March 3 for a “meet and greet” event.Stapleton, a fourth generation Coloradan, is CEO of a real estate firm operating in Colorado and California, and holds investments in land, retail and residential projects.He is aiming to unseat the incumbent, Democrat Cary Kennedy, in the November general election. Two other men, J.J. Ament and Ali Hasan, also are in the race for the Republican nomination.The meet and greet will be at the Village Inn, 102 W. Sixth St., Glenwood Springs, and can be reached at 945-9275 for more information.

Colorado West Regional Mental Health Inc. has been recognized by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare as the winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence in Community Grassroots Advocacy. Colorado West Regional Mental Health is being acknowledged for this innovative and effective advocacy program to retire debt, remain open and provide outstanding services to those in need in their community.In 2004, Colorado West Regional Mental Health Center took on a $10 million debt to build a new psychiatric hospital after three other hospitals closed their psychiatric wings, leaving no psychiatric hospital capacity in western Colorado. The debt on the new facility, however, was consuming all the financial resources of Colorado West, and the entire system was facing foreclosure and bankruptcy. The organization closure would result in some 13,000 individuals having nowhere to go for mental health and addiction treatment services and more than 400 staff losing jobs.Colorado West Regional Mental Health will continue to support its mission, to support individuals living with mental illness and addiction disorders and their families, to receive exceptional services, to reach for their dreams and to strengthen community relations.

In an effort to help the area’s homeless community, EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. donated $10,000 to Colorado Baptist General Convention’s Feed My Sheep Ministry, a program devoted to caring for and housing of the homeless. With the homeless population in Colorado recently reaching 15,000 people, Feed My Sheep’s winter Overnight Program protects Garfield County and the Roaring Fork Valley’s less fortunate during the coldest months of the year by offering a safe and warm shelter, as well as substance abuse counseling. In 2009, Feed My Sheep rescued 288 homeless people.”We feel blessed to have received such a generous donation,” said Kenneth Williams, director of Feed My Sheep. “It is support like EnCana’s that allows us to continue to prevent crisis situations for our local homeless population.”



The Rifle Police department reported Tuesday that they are seeking information related to the robbery of the Rifle Checker Auto Parts, located at 645 Wapiti Court.Rifle Police were notified of the armed robbery just after 8 p.m., Monday night. The suspect had already left the scene, and officers were unable to locate a suspect.It was reported that a male wearing dark-colored clothing and a dark scarf covering his face entered the business, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect then fled the business with an undetermined amount of money. The investigation is ongoing, and Rifle Police ask that anyone with information about the suspect’s identity to contact authorities at (970) 665-6500.


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