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The first small shipments of 2010-2011 flu vaccine have already arrived at Garfield County Public Health. This year’s flu shot will protect against three different flu viruses including the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season. Yearly flu vaccination should begin in September, or as soon as vaccine is available, and continue throughout the influenza season into December, January and beyond. This is because the timing and duration of flu seasons vary. Getting vaccinated now ensures protection throughout the flu season. While flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later.

Garfield County Public Health has begun to receive flu vaccine and will receive more over the next few weeks. Public Health will be vaccinating seniors with this initial shipment, providing flu shots at senior lunch sites throughout Garfield County during the month of September. In October, the county plans to have scheduled walk-in flu clinics open to the public. These clinics will be advertised once they have been confirmed and enough vaccine has been received. Garfield County flu shots will be $20 for adults and $10 for kids. For those who prefer an alternative to a flu shot, the FluMist (a nasal spray) will also be available for $25 for adults and $10 for kids. For more information please contact Garfield County Public Health at (970) 945-6614 in Glenwood Springs or (970) 625-5200 in Rifle.

Candidates for local and state offices will be participating in a candidates forum sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors on Wednesday, Sept. 15, starting at 1 p.m. in the auditorium at the CMC West Garfield Campus in Rifle. This event is open to the public.

Candidate forum participants include: Garfield County Commissioner District 1 – incumbent Tresi Houpt and challenger Tom Jankovsky; Garfield County Assessor – incumbent John Gorman and challenger Jim Yellico; Garfield County Sheriff – incumbent Lou Vallario and challenger Tom Dalessandri; House District 57 – incumbent Randy Baumgardner and challenger Steve Ivancie; House District 61 – incumbent Kathleen Curry and challengers Luke Korkowski and Roger Wilson.

The Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors, which was originally chartered in 1957, currently has a membership of more than 200 individual Realtors who work in 60 offices throughout Garfield County from Parachute to Redstone.

The popular Hanging Lake Trail will be closed the weekend of Sept. 17-19 for trail maintenance.

Members of two volunteer organizations, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (a statewide organization) and Carbondale-based Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, will be working with native stone to construct rock steps along sections of the trail and to reconstruct stone retaining walls at several of the switchbacks. This work is intended to stabilize the trail tread and manage the movement of water across the trail surface. Experienced crew leaders trained by the two organizations will be supervising the project. The crews will be working with heavy tools to move and position large pieces of rock needed to build the steps and retaining walls. This work would pose a considerable safety threat to hikers trying to pass through the several project sites along the trail.

Individuals interested in volunteering in support of the Hanging Lake Trail Project should contact Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado by going to their website at http://www.voc.org or by calling (303) 715-1010, ext. 112. Volunteers must preregister for this project to ensure adequate quantities of tools and supplies.

To provide a staging area for the project and parking for the estimated 75 volunteers working on the project, the Hanging Lake Rest Area will be closed for the duration of the project as well. This closure does not include the Glenwood Canyon bike path, which will remain open to bicycle traffic passing through the Hanging Lake Rest Area.

Motorists on Highway 82 can expect delays during the coming weeks in the upvalley lanes of the Shale Bluffs area as the Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Rocksolid Solutions begin work on a project to mitigate the potential for rockfall. The specific location for this work – and resulting travel impacts – is from mile marker 35 to 36, just upvalley from the intersection of Brush Creek Road. The work is scheduled for completion by the end of November.

To complete the work, a daily right-lane closure will be in place along eastbound (upvalley) Highway 82 at this location. The lane closure will not be in place during peak commute hours of 6-9 a.m., but will be set up Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 or 7 p.m., as well as some Saturdays. Motorists should expect stops and delays lasting up to 15 minutes.

For information on other CDOT projects, call 511 or visit CDOT’s traveler information website at http://www.cotrip.org.

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