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The annual Burning Mountain Festival opens today with a Carnival at Elk Creek Elementary. This is the first time the festival has ever had a carnival.

The carnival opens at 5 p.m. and runs until dusk.

The festival runs through Sunday. See Friday’s Post Independent for more on the festival.



People with business at the Garfield County Courthouse on Thursday, July 15, will be asked to participate in a program designed to help ensure the Colorado Judicial Branch is providing the best possible service to the public.

Throughout the day, court employees will ask people exiting the courthouse in Glenwood Springs to fill out brief, anonymous survey forms – in English or in Spanish – asking about their experiences as jurors, parties to a case or as recipients of other Judicial Branch services.



Attorneys, law enforcement officers and anyone else who does business with the courts also will be encouraged to participate.

Data from survey responses will be used to measure public opinion about access to and fairness of the courts. People will be asked whether they had problems finding the court building and parking, whether they could easily understand the forms they needed, whether they felt safe in the building and other related questions.

The survey forms also will ask people whether their case was handled in a fair manner, whether the judge or magistrate listened to them and had all the necessary information before making a decision, and whether they were treated with courtesy, understood what was happening in their case and were given clear information about the next step in their case.

In Fiscal Year 2009, Colorado’s Ninth Judicial District saw 2,875 district-court cases filed, 2,058 of which were in Garfield County; and 12,367 county-court cases filed, 8,505 of which were in Garfield County.

Colorado Mountain College Theatre will compete at the Colorado Community Theatre Coalition Festival in Boulder on July 17. The coalition is a nonprofit group of community theater companies that work to enrich community theater in Colorado. This year’s festival takes place at the Nomad Theatre in Boulder July 15-17.

Presenting companies must begin their production confined within a 100-square-foot “box” (with all actors, set, props, etc.). The actors have 10 minutes to set the stage and be ready to perform, finish the performance within 60 minutes, and have just 10 additional minutes to get everything back inside the “box.”

The winning play from this state festival will compete at the regional level and could advance to the national and international competition.

A past award-winner at the festival, this year CMC Theatre will present “Wildwood Park,” written by Doug Wright, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning author of “I Am My Own Wife.” Wendy Moore will direct the play, with Gary Ketzenbarger as Dr. Simian and fellow CMC Theatre veteran Cindy Hines as Ms. Haviland.

For more information about the festival, visit http://www.cctcfestival.com.


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