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Reconstruction and repair work on the Hanging Lake Trail is nearing completion for this year, and there will be a final helicopter airlift operation, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 21.

According to Forest Service project manager Ed Carlson, “We have two main tasks to complete at this point. Our contractor needs to place the rock screens to complete the debris flow structures at the east end of the Hanging Lake boardwalk. We then need to fly out all of the remaining tools and supplies. If things go well and the weather cooperates, we should be able to get this done in one day.”

Due to the helicopter operations, the Hanging Lake rest area will be closed at 5 p.m. today and reopen sometime in the afternoon on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The Hanging Lake Trail will be closed all day on Tuesday. Helicopter operations will begin at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday and are expected to last much of the day. The Glenwood Canyon Bike Path will remain open, although there will be intermittent closures when the helicopter is working in the vicinity of the parking lot and bike path. People using the bike path are asked to cooperate with traffic control personnel stationed along the path.

Mesa State College recently unveiled a plaque naming the Williams Lecture Hall in recognition of the support Williams has given to the college in general and, specifically to MSC students in the form of scholarships. Room 104 in the new classroom building was the room designated.

Williams has pledged up to $150,000 over five years to fund scholarships for up to six students a year. The students must be enrolled in the landman/energy program and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. Each scholarship is for $5,000 each school year. Students are required to submit an essay on utilizing leadership skills, and all are interviewed by a selection committee that includes three Williams officials.

Four $5,000 scholarships were awarded for the 2010-2011 academic year. They went to Traci Van Loan, a Grand Junction senior; Khloe Burge and Kayla Haynes, Fort Collins sophomores; and Jeff Zimmerman, a Rifle sophomore.

Williams is an integrated natural gas company focused on exploration and production, midstream gathering and processing, and interstate natural gas transportation primarily in the Rocky Mountains, Gulf Coast, Pacific Northwest, Eastern Seaboard and the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania.

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