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LIFT-UP, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing essential humanitarian assistance in the communities it serves, has been awarded a $30,000 grant by the Aspen Community Foundation.

“I am pleased and honored to report that LIFT-UP has been awarded a grant of $30,000 by Aspen Community Foundation,” Mike Powell, executive director of LIFT-UP announced today.

Powell, said the money will be used to provide ongoing assistance to families in need in our local communities from Aspen to Parachute.

Demand at LIFT-UP’s six area food pantries has continued to be much higher for the past two years due to local economic conditions. Through the end of August, about 17,000 clients have been served, receiving more than 20,000 bags of groceries, about 10 percent more than last year at this time. 2009 saw a 300 percent increase in services over 2008. The Extended Table Soup Kitchen has served 8,500 meals so far this year, on pace with last year’s attendance.

The grant from Aspen Community Foundation will give LIFT-UP additional resources to provide food and other essential services for families in need.

Based in Aspen and Glenwood Springs, the Aspen Community Foundation serves the extended Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys and directs a collection of funds created by individuals, families, nonprofits, businesses and the Community Foundation itself for charitable purposes.

For more information, visit http://www.aspencommunityfoundation.org, or call 970-925-9300.

Smoke from a prescribed fire southwest of Basalt may be visible from surrounding communities today. The 100-acre East Sopris Prescribed Fire is planned for 3 miles southwest of Basalt in the Light Hill area between Basalt and Snowmass.

Smoke may be visible south of Basalt including along Highway 82 toward Aspen.

The prescribed burn will occur on lands administrated by the Bureau of Land Management. The fire is being conducted to improve wildlife habitat and reduce fuel loads in the area. Reducing fuel loads increases safety for the public and firefighters. Fire officials are mainly targeting mountain shrubs, such as oak brush.

This fire is a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Lower Colorado Habitat Partnership Program. The Light Hill area is one of only five big game wintering areas in the Roaring Fork Valley. Improved wildlife habitat here may help alleviate wildlife conflicts on private land.

The fire will only be ignited if it falls within the prescribed conditions for a safe and effective fire. Fire crews work directly with the National Weather Service as well as take frequent weather readings before and during the burning. If conditions begin to fall outside of the prescribed conditions, the burning will be called off. More than 25 firefighters will be on hand to manage the fire. Additional resources, including fire engines, are available should they be needed.

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