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CARBONDALE, Colorado – The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) and the Asociacion de Jovenes Unidos en Accion (AJUA: Association of Youth United in Action) are holding a public forum to address the issue of collaboration between School Resource Officers (SRO) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Roaring Fork Valley from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. today at The Orchard Church, 110 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale.

This public forum will address community concerns with SRO and ICE collaboration in public schools. 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. The focus is on crafting the best policy for the Roaring Fork Valley Schools.

AJUA and CIRC sent out invitations to school district administrators, Re-1 board members, Carbondale town officials, Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling, and all Re-1 school principals.



AJUA and CIRC has requested that the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 adopt a policy prohibiting school resource officers from also serving in the capacity of, or assisting in, federal immigration enforcement. School board members indicated that they would consider this proposal and would be meeting with chiefs of police and school administrators in order to gather more information and decide how to proceed.

SILT, Colorado – With weather conditions forecast to provide an ideal window for fall burning today, firefighters with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are planning two prescribed fires.



A 300-acre prescribed fire is planned south of Silt on lands managed by the Grand Mesa National Forest in the Reservoir Gulch/Mud Hill area near the Silt-Collbran Road. Firefighters previously burned a black-line around the perimeter of the planned prescribed fire area and will burn the interior. Smoke could be visible from Silt and Interstate 70.

A 150-acre burn on the Roan Plateau is also planned in the Grassy Gulch area in the East Fork Parachute Creek drainage. Firefighters will be burning a perimeter around the prescribed fire area in preparation to burn the interior on another day. Smoke will be visible from on top of the Roan and from State Highway 13.

“The weather has been hot and dry, which has helped dry the vegetation,” said Lathan Johnson, fuels management specialist. “But we’ve been waiting for the right day for acceptable smoke dispersal, and [today] looks good.” Both fires are being conducted to reduce hazardous build-up of vegetation and to improve wildlife habitat and ecosystem health.

The Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will hold a work day to help complete the new Upper Loop Wulfsohn Trail in Glenwood Springs. This loop, uphill of the main Wulfsohn Trail, traverses some fairly rough terrain and adds to the recreational opportunities for hikers and cyclists already accessing this open space.

RFOV and its project partners will provide the tools, leadership and dinner. The work day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday, Oct. 22. and includes free dinner for volunteers afterward. Although volunteers are encouraged to sign up (emailing rfov@sopris.net), pre-registration is not required. Park and meet at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, near the community garden. All participants must register and should leave their pets at home.


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