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BASALT, Colorado – GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will appear along with a group of Republican governors at a campaign event today at Basalt High School.

The Republican Governors Association is meeting in Aspen this week.

Doors open at 2 p.m., and the event is slated to start at 3:15 p.m.

Romney is coming to Basalt after appearing at a campaign event in Golden at 11:15 a.m.

The event is open to the public, but those attending are asked to sign up in advance at http://republicangovernors.eventbrite.com/

Slated to appear with Romney are Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Campers in the Aspen and Sopris ranger districts of the White River National Forest must use bear-proof food storage containers to avoid attracting hungry bears to camping areas.

This year’s drought conditions are expected to drive increasing bear activity as the animals look to put on pounds before going into hibernation.

Picnickers and campers must now store food, cooking equipment and utensils, and coolers in a closed and locked vehicle or in a bear box. Even soap, toothpaste, cooking oil, and dirty dishwater can attract a bear, and officials want to prevent bears from associating such odors with people.

The food storage order is intended to reduce human-bear conflicts, which can be dangerous for both species.

Penalties for violating the food storage order are fines of up to $5,000 for an individual or up to $10,000 for an organization, and up to six months in jail.

For more information, call the Aspen Ranger District at 925-3445 or the Sopris Ranger District at 963-2266, or visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver/.

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