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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The 25th annual Issues and Answers Forum in advance of the 2011 election is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Glenwood Springs City Hall. Invited to participate are candidates running for three Roaring Fork School Board seats and four Colorado Mountain College trustee seats. Since no official committees have been formed in opposition to the Roaring Fork School District ballot question 3E, a representative from the committee in support will give a brief statement and participate in the question and answer portion. Representatives for the committees in favor of and in opposition to the statewide Proposition 103 have also been invited. The public is invited to attend, and the forum will be broadcast live on Cable Channel 10. Ron Milhorn, news director of Colorado West Broadcasting/KMTS Radio, will moderate. A media panel will submit questions, and questions from the audience will be accepted. League of Women Voters format will be used. The event is hosted by the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and co-sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Cable Channel 10, Colorado West Broadcasting (KMTS) and State Farm Insurance agents Jeff Leonard and Dee McCown.

Today is the deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 1 election, which will be conducted only as a mail-in ballot election. Ballots will be mailed on or after Oct. 11, and there will be no polling places open on Election Day.On the ballot are school board candidates, Colorado Mountain College trustee candidates, school district mill levy questions and a statewide school funding measure.Voters can register until 5 p.m. today at the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s offices in Glenwood Springs or Rifle, or online at http://www.garfield-county.com.

Aspen Times staff reportThe U.S. Bureau of Land Management is monitoring a small wildfire in the area of Wingo Junction, just north of Highway 82 at mile marker 27 in Snowmass Canyon.BLM spokesman David Boyd said what’s being called the “Wingo Fire” was likely started Saturday by lightning. It had grown to 6 acres as of Sunday at 7 p.m.The fire is not a threat to residential areas, and authorities are treating it in the manner of a prescribed burn, Boyd said.Five firefighters kept an eye on the slow-moving wildfire Sunday, he said. “It’s not a safe place to get into so we’re just going to let it bring natural benefits to our ecosystem.”Thus far, 2011 hasn’t been a severely dry year in northwest Colorado, Boyd said, explaining why the fire is not expected to expand significantly.”There’s no reason to throw a lot of resources into it,” he said. “If we need to use a helicopter, there might be one available Monday.”The Pitkin County Alert system notified those on its text-message list about the blaze at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Advocate Safehouse Project has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the Aspen Community Foundation, according to ASP executive director Julie Olson. Olson said the grant will be used for operational support.The grant from Aspen Community Foundation will give ASP additional resources to provide services to survivors of domestic and /or sexual violence in Garfield County. The Advocate Safehouse Project is the only program in Garfield County offering comprehensive and confidential services for survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence and their children. Additionally, the Advocate Safehouse Project provides educational outreach on “healthy relationships.”

Alpine Legal Services has been awarded a grant of $2,500 by The Colorado Bar Foundation, according to Jonathan Shamis, Alpine Legal Services executive director.The grant will support “The Sliding Scale Fee Program,” which is designed to meet the needs of people who are seeking an attorney for a civil law matter, are not indigent, but have been unable to retain private council due to economic constraints. While the economy continues to struggle, more and more people find themselves in difficult financial circumstances and in need of viable options for legal help.

Worried about the effect long-term illness can have on your estate, your home and your family?Join us for a free workshop at the Glenwood Springs Community Center on Oct. 4 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. featuring Elder Law Attorney Frank Danzo of Chayet & Danzo and Amy Fetterhoff, Edward Jones financial advisor and Glenwood Springs Chamber member. Refreshments will be served.RSVP to Allison, 928-0585, by Oct. 4

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