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The Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comments on the National Speleological Society’s permit application to lead tours to three BLM-managed caves in Garfield and Eagle counties during the group’s annual convention, to be held July 16 to 24, 2011, in Glenwood Springs.

The proposal requests BLM allow 12 visits per cave, with no more than five people per visit.

An approved leader for each tour will ensure the cave visitors follow the latest protocols for decontaminating gear to reduce the risk of spreading white-nose syndrome – a fungus deadly to bats – into Colorado.

BLM will consider public comments in an environmental assessment of the group’s special recreation permit application. Public comments will be most helpful if received by April 18.

The application and additional information is available at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/crvfo.html, at the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office at 2300 River Frontage Road in Silt, or by calling 876-9000.

Ahead of the upcoming budget debate in the General Assembly, Colorado’s House and Senate Democrats are teaming up this Saturday to host a “Budget Listening Tour” in 12 different communities across the state.

The tour includes stops in Glenwood Springs and Eagle, with meetings hosted by state Rep. Roger Wilson, D-Glenwood Springs, and Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon.

The Eagle meeting is set for 10-11:30 a.m. at the Eagle County Building, 590 Broadway.

The Glenwood Springs meeting is set for 1-2:30 p.m. at the Garfield County Administration Building, 108 8th St.

The “Budget Listening Tour” is an opportunity for Coloradans to provide feedback and share their ideas, concerns, and suggestions about the state’s budget situation.

Local residents with questions about the effects of radiation from Japan may call the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for information at a toll-free number, 1-877-462-2911.

Agency staff will be available to answer questions from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Information also is available on the department’s website under the Hot Topics section, which can be found at http://www.cdphe.state.co.us, or at http://www.colorado.gov/cohealth.

SILT, Colorado – The Silt Board of Trustees once again has a full board after appointing Silt resident Teresa L. Breslin to fill the seat vacated by Joe Sos in January.

Breslin, 51 and a five-year resident of Silt, said she felt it was time to do her civic duty and apply for the position. She was appointed to the seat on Feb. 28.

“I think it’s important, as a person who lives here. It’s easy to sit there and let everyone else do the work, but people need to get involved in their towns,” Breslin said.

Breslin works part time as a bookkeeper for two local companies and works part-time for Vista Chevrolet in Glenwood Springs. She is not related to New Castle Mayor Frank Breslin.

“I like the direction Silt is going in, and I would like to see it continue that way,” Breslin said.

Her term runs to the next town election, in April 2012. Shewas the only person to apply for the seat.

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association invites interested food vendors, farmers market vendors and artisans to apply for the 114th annual Strawberry Days to be held June 17, 18 and 19. Food and farmers market applications are available at strawberrydaysfestival.com or by calling the chamber at (970) 945-6589. Interested artisans may apply at zapplication.org. The application deadline has been extended to March 31.

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