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Ballot drop-off locations will be open today from 8 a. m. until 5 p. m. at the following locations: Carbondale Town Hall, the Garfield County Courthouse, New Castle Town Hall, Silt Town Hall, the Rifle branch office of the county clerk and Parachute Town Hall.

Two county clerk’s office locations, at the main county courthouse in Glenwood Springs and at the branch office in Rifle, will be open from 7 a. m. until 7 p. m. Unaffiliated voters are not eligible to vote in the primaries, but they are allowed to affiliate with a major party up until 7 p. m. today, and vote in that party’s primary.

In order to change their affiliation, unaffiliated voters must go to either of the county clerk’s offices, in Rifle or Glenwood Springs, to fill out the proper forms and pick up a ballot.



Mountain Valley Developmental Services announced today that it has received a $10,000 Daniels Fund grant to support its Early Intervention Program.

The Early Intervention Program provides assistance to families with children who are demonstrating a developmental delay or who have an established condition. Services are provided to children from birth to 3 years of age. Families participating in this program receive therapy service provision and coordination, necessary instruction, referral to appropriate services in the community or access to inclusion within community based playgroups or classes. As children approach age 3, Mountain Valley offers a significant amount of transitional support as they enter preschool. Through case management, an Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) is created to identify family priorities, coordinate resources, and ensure entitlements while promoting the development of every child. All assistance is provided at no charge to the family.



The grant will be used to pay therapists for their providers so that the program can continue operating without a waiting list in the vast catchment area served (Lake, Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties). Mountain Valley is currently funded to serve 65 children through the Early Intervention Program. In the 2009-2010 program year, 262 children and families were served.

For more information about Mountain Valley Developmental Services, please call 945-2306 or visit http://www.mtnvalley.org.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and its Threat Assessment Group (TAG) specialists will be holding community education sessions on local gang issues over the next two weeks. The first will be this Thursday, Aug. 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Office Annex, 106 County Road 333-A in Rifle (just south of the Garfield County Regional Airport off Airport Road/County Road 352). The second will be next Thursday, Aug. 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road.

The presentations will cover what TAG is and does; why kids join gangs; identification of symbols, signs, graffiti and tattoos; and recent gang activity and associated impacts in the local area. There will be a follow-up question and answer session for concerned citizens, parents, guardians and teachers.

These educational sessions are open to the public and are free-of-charge. Similar events have been highly beneficial in helping citizens better understand current gang trends and how to best address the threats in their neighborhoods, schools and communities.

For more information, please contact TAG Deputy James Miller at 945-0453 or jmiller@garcosheriff.com.


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