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CARBONDALE, Colorado – A public forum to discuss the recent issues related to school resource officers collaborating with federal immigration officials has been set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, at The Orchard Church in Carbondale.

The forum is being sponsored by the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) and the local student advocacy group, Asociacion de Jovenes Unidos en Accion, or Association of Youth United in Action (AJUA).

Recently, the organizations have criticized the practice of local school resource officers (SROs) working in partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Roaring Fork Valley.



“At this forum, students, families and town residents will share their personal stories of being impacted by ICE enforcement involving SROs, and the need to keep schools and immigration enforcement separate in order to create a more safe and welcoming environment for all students,” according to a press release from CIRC.

The groups have recently asked that the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 adopt a policy prohibiting SROs from also serving in the capacity of, or assisting in, federal immigration enforcement.



Invitations to attend the forum are being made to school district administrators, school board members, school principals and Carbondale town officials.

The Orchard (formerly the Church at Carbondale) is located at 110 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Beginning Monday, Oct. 10, the Forest Service will close the Deep Creek Overlook on the Coffee Pot Road so the safety fence at the site can be replaced.

Visitors can expect the Deep Creek Overlook to remain closed until Nov. 13, unless the fence replacement project is finished early.

The Deep Creek Overlook access road will also be closed during the construction period. Due to steep terrain and drop-offs surrounding the Overlook, all areas adjacent to the work site will be closed to public use for the safety of visitors and the work crew.

“The Deep Creek Overlook provides remarkable views of Deep Creek Canyon, 2,300 feet below as well as the grassland mesas, and red rock cliffs that define the Flat Tops Wilderness. The new fence being installed will enhance both the esthetics and safety of this treasured site,” said Deputy Eagle District Ranger Matt McCombs.

For information, contact Brenda Rebitzke at (970) 827-5151.

DENVER – In observance of Columbus Day, many state offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 10.

State driver’s license offices, the Department of Public Health and Environment’s vital records office, Colorado Parks and Wildlife service centers, and administrative offices for executive branch departments will be among the facilities closed Monday.

State troopers will be patrolling the highways and the Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be working as necessary.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia will launch a statewide listening tour this month to gain local insight and perspective on the critical issue of early childhood literacy in Colorado.

Community, foundation and education leaders will join Garcia on the Literacy Bus, which will visit 18 Colorado cities. The focus of the tour will be on hearing from local education and community leaders and parents on how to support their efforts on early literacy.

The tour will make two stops in Garfield County on Tuesday, Oct. 18. From noon to 1:30 p.m. it will be at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave., and from 2:30-3:30 p.m. it will be at Sopris Elementary School, 1150 Mount Sopris Drive in Glenwood Springs.

Both events will be an open conversation with educators, community leaders, teachers and parents. The objective is to exchange ideas and information on ways to ensure every third grade student reaches literacy proficiency.

“Gov. Hickenlooper and I share the belief that early literacy is one of the education cornerstones to building a strong workforce for Colorado’s future,” Garcia said. “We’re joining with communities across the state in a dialogue about what we can do to help ensure every child is a successful reader by the end of third grade.”

For more information, visit http://www.literacymatterscolorado.


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