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Electronica jamband the Disco Biscuits will be the headlining musical act for the inaugural EMU Eco Music Festival in Snowmass Village. The festival, which spotlights live music and environmental-friendly exhibitions, is set for June 30 through July 3; the Disco Biscuits perform on July 2.

Also on the bill for EMU are Colorado jamgrass band Leftover Salmon, rockers Tea Leaf Green, DJ RJD2, Georgia’s Perpetual Groove and more. The event opens June 30 with a free concert by British jazz-groove band, the New Mastersounds.

The Disco Biscuits, a quartet from Philadelphia, will be making only their second appearance in the Aspen/Snowmass area, and their first since 2002. It is also the band’s first outdoor show in the mountains in a decade. The Disco Biscuit’s latest release was 2010’s “Planet Anthem”; their next album, “Otherwise Law Abiding Citizens,” is due out this summer.

For further information on the EMU festival, go to emufestival.com.

Skies turned noticeably hazy over Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley Wednesday morning. Large fires burning in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico were to blame, according to an alert issued by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Winds were out of the southeast at about 16 mph at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport by late Wednesday morning, bringing the smell of smoke over the Continental Divide and shrouding the peaks surrounding Aspen in haze.

According to The Associated Press, two wildfires along the Colorado-New Mexico border have scorched 20 square miles. Both fires were burning in sparsely populated areas Wednesday morning. A blaze started by lightning in New Mexico southeast of Trinidad, Colo., last week has grown to nearly 6,900 acres, with about 320 of those acres in New Mexico. That fire was about 15 percent contained.

A second fire at Purgatoire River Canyon northeast of Trinidad has burned about 6,100 acres along steep, rocky terrain. That fire is about 10 percent contained. Four-hundred firefighters are battling both blazes.

Continued discussions regarding funding for the Fourth of July fireworks and a possible relaxation of the city’s woodstove ban top tonight’s Glenwood Springs City Council agenda.

Council issued a $9,000 matching challenge in an effort to raise half the $18,000 cost to put on the holiday fireworks display through private donations.

As of Wednesday, the tally was $7,720, according to Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association officials who are helping to spearhead the fundraising effort.

Council is set to decide tonight whether to make up the difference.

Council will also be discussing whether to lift the city’s ban on new, EPA-certified wood stoves and other solid fuel burning devices. As it stands, only owners of houses and commercial buildings with woodstoves that existed before the ban went into effect in the mid-1990s are allowed to upgrade to newer stoves.

Also on the agenda for tonight’s meeting will be a discussion about possible impacts to the city from the new River Edge Project at Cattle Creek, which is currently before Garfield County officials; and a conceptual review for a new bank building at 2014 Grand Avenue.

The regular session begins tonight at 7 p.m., and will be preceded by a 5 p.m. work session on the city’s inclusionary housing requirements and a 6 p.m. work session with the airport board. The city council meeting takes place at Glenwood Springs City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St.

In March 12’s article, “Two Glenwood students are selected as Boettcher scholars,” we got a couple of details wrong. Walter Gorra is actually 17 years old and is one of the Glenwood Springs High School valedictorians as well as a Boettcher Scholar. The Post Independent regrets the error.

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