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A search began Monday for a missing and endangered adult male in Rifle.

The Rifle Police Department was advised of the situation shortly after noon on Monday, according to a Garfield County Sheriff’s Office press release.

After further investigation the Rifle Police Department requested the assistance of the Rifle Fire Protection District, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, and Garfield County Search and Rescue Inc., and they begin to search the Palomino Park area at the Rifle City line.

At 6 p.m. this evening the search was suspended, and it is expected to resume tomorrow morning.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) will postpone its popular Town to Town Tour – originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22 – due to a lack of snow on the lower section of the Rio Grande Trail.

To ensure the “highest-quality event possible” for Nordic enthusiasts, the RFOV board of directors and the event organizing committee decided to postpone the third annual tour to Saturday, Feb. 19, according to RFOV Executive Director David Hamilton.

“We have the planning in place, and with a lot of encouragement from the community we’ve decided to go forward with the event in February,” Hamilton said.

This is the third year for the Town to Town Tour, a 19-mile cross-country ski and snowshoe tour from Aspen to Basalt along the Rio Grande Trail. It is a fundraiser for RFOV, a nonprofit that conducts trail-building and conservation projects on the valley’s public lands.

The tour will start at 10 a.m. at the Rio Grande Plaza in Aspen and finish in downtown Basalt with an end-of-tour party hosted by RFOV and local Basalt restaurants. Participants can start in either Aspen or at the mid-way station in Woody Creek, where snacks and beverages will be served.

All levels and ages are encouraged to participate in what is the only long-distance, non-competitive Nordic event of the year. Early registration fees (before 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18) are $30 for individuals and $45 for families/partners, and $40 for individuals and $65 for families/partners on the day of the event. To register or volunteer, go to http://www.rfov.org, e-mail rfov@sopris.net, or call 927-8241.

All college- and university-bound students and their parents – not just those planning on attending Colorado Mountain College – need to know the most current information available on financial aid.

To learn about financial aid application procedures, deadline requirements and types of assistance available for 2011-12, attend one of Colorado Mountain College’s financial aid seminars coming to your community. For more information, contact Deb Cutter in Glenwood Springs at (970) 947-8358.

The dates, times and locations of the informative sessions are:

Wednesday, Jan. 19

Salida High School, 6 p.m.

Basalt High School, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

Glenwood Springs High School, 6:30 p.m.

Coal Ridge High School, 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 27

Grand Valley High School, 6 p.m.

Roaring Fork High School, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 2

Eagle Valley High School, 6 p.m.

DENVER – New members have been added to the state Transportation Commission’s Standing Committee on Efficiency and Accountability. The committee was formed last year and is charged with seeking new ways to maximize the efficiency of the department to allow increased investment in the transportation system over the short, medium, and long term.

One transportation commissioner serves on the committee and other members are appointed by the CDOT executive director, including representatives from within CDOT and citizens from outside state government that represent various transportation interests.

Citizen reappointments:

Maribeth Lewis-Baker, Free Ride Transit System, Breckenridge (2010 committee chair)

Debra Baskett, city and county of Broomfield (2010 vice chair)

Cliff Davidson, North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization

Jeff Keller, Asphalt Paving Co.

Daniel Owens, Operating Engineers Union

Stephanie Thomas, Colorado Environmental Coalition

John C. Rich, Jackson County commissioner

Bob Sakaguchi, Jacobs Engineering

Bill Weidenaar, Regional Transportation District

Jeanne Erickson, Transportation Commission

T.K. Gwin, Division of Aeronautics

Heidi Bimmerle, Division of Human Resources and Administration

Patrick Byrne, Office of Financial Management and Budget

Dave Childs, Division of Highway Maintenance and Operations

Solomon Haile, Division of Engineering

Jennifer Finch, Division of Transportation Development

Mickey Ferrell, Office of Government Relations

Casey Tighe, Division of Audit

Members serve one year terms lasting a calendar year. The committee produces a report of their activities annually. The 2010 report is being finalized and will be posted on http://www.coloradodot.info.

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