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Post Independent/Kelley CoxRetired Glenwood Springs police Sgt. Tom McCorkle dishes up a hot-off-the-grill dog to Sgt. Levy Burris during the annual National Night Out barbecue in Glenwood Springs Wednesday evening. The event brings attention to child safety, as well as crime-prevention and drug awareness issues.
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Motorists should anticipate longer driving times into and through Glenwood Springs Monday through Friday, Aug. 15-19, while the Eighth Street-Midland Avenue intersection will be closed.Crews have been maintaining a temporary detour route along the intersections edge to connect Midland and Eighth during this summers reconstruction of the intersection. However, they occasionally have to close the intersection completely to accommodate the project. Next weeks closure will be for utility installation.The temporary detour is scheduled to reopen at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19.During the closure, commuters to or through Glenwood Springs should plan to use Exit 116, the main Glenwood interchange, and Grand Avenue. Access to the Community Center and the Glenwood Meadows construction site will be via Midland Avenue from the west Glenwood interchange. Devereux Road also can be used to gain access to Midland Avenue near the west Glenwood interchange. Midland Avenue will continue to be closed south of Eighth Street until the intersection project is complete. The project should be complete in early October.

The White River National Forest will restrict access on Forest Service roads in the West Divide Creek area starting Monday. Forest Service Road 800 will be closed east of the cow camp from 7:30 a.m. Monday through 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. In addition to being open on weekends, areas of FSR 800 northeast of Haystack Mountain will be accessible from the Haystack Gate area. Forest Service Road 800 east of the Ragged Mountain pipeline will be restricted from Aug. 24 to Oct. 11. It will be open on weekends from 3:30 pm. Friday through 7:30 a.m. Monday, with additional open periods Monday through Thursday from 6 -7 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Signs with maps will be posted in the area, or contact the Rifle Ranger District at 625-2371 for more information.

The first annual Kids Car Expo will be from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza at Aspen Highlands, in conjunction with the second annual Exotic Car Expo at Highlands. Kids 12 and under may bring Matchbox cars, remote-control cars and PowerWheels to display. Just come to the village at 9 a.m. to participate. The coolest wheels win prizes. Call 925-9010 with questions.



Rising Hearts Ranch, between New Castle and Silt, just east of Coal Ridge High School, will hold a National Cutting Horse Association & Western States Cutting Horse Association approved cutting Aug. 13-14.This competition originated when ranchers used horses to separate their cattle from the herd to brand and medicate their cattle. These skills grew into a competition where the rider and horse work harmoniously to keep the cow from joining the herd. After the rider cuts the cow from the herd, the rider depends solely on the horses ability to hold the cow in the middle of the arena without receiving cues from the rider. Horses will be on the grounds at 6 a.m., and the show starts at 8 a.m. both days.

The Defiance Community Players will conduct a free actors workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, in the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium. Auditions will follow from 1-5 p.m. Be prepared to sing and dance.There will also be auditions from 6-10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, and 6-10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the same location. Information: Eileen, 948-1692.


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