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The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is taking a poll over the weekend to select a theme for the 2011 Strawberry Days Festival.

Fans of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Facebook page contributed ideas. Now a poll is being taken to select among three finalist themes:

• Life is Just a Bowl Full of Berries

• Life’s a Beach – Along the Roaring Fork River

• There’s No Place Like Home

Vote for your favorite theme via the Facebook poll at facebook.com/gwschamber or at strawberrydaysfestival.com.

The deadline to vote is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 7.

This year’s Strawberry Days will be June 17, 18 and 19, and will be the 114th annual festival.

The festival is adding a “soft opening” at noon on Friday this year, a renovated FamilyFest area, and a farmers market to this mix.

The U.S. Forest Service has completed a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Snowmass Ski Area Summer Bike Trails proposal and is opening it to public review and comment.

The EA analyzes and discloses the effects of a proposal to construct three new summer-use trails at Snowmass, including two biking trails and a multi-use trail. The trails were proposed by the Aspen Skiing Co., which holds a special use permit to operate Snowmass.

The EA is available on-line for public review at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver/projects. Comments on the draft EA must be submitted in writing and will be accepted through April 4, 2011. Written comments must be submitted via mail, email, fax, or in person (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays) to: Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor, c/o Jim Stark, 806 W. Hallam, Aspen, CO 81611, FAX (970) 925-5277. Electronic comments must be submitted to comments-rocky-mountain-white-river-westzone@fs.fed.us. For appeal eligibility, comments must have an identifiable name attached or verification of identity will be required.

High Country Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) offers free tax help for taxpayers who qualify through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs .

RSVP volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS to help with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, we offer free electronic filing (e-filing).

The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally, $49,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns.

The TCE Program provides free tax help to people age 60 and older. Trained volunteers provide free tax counseling and basic income tax return preparation for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

Call (970) 384-8740 to make an appointment before April 8. RSVP is a sponsored program of Colorado Mountain College.

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