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A silent murder epidemic has been ravaging the northern Mexican cities of Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua. Over the past 10 years there have been over 400 unsolved murders of young women, most of whom worked in the maquilador industry. Ninety percent of the products produced in these maquiladora factories are sent to the United States and the companies involved are making huge profits as they operate free of the environmental and human rights constraints they would face if they operated in the U.S. As part of this campaign, Verónica Leyva, a maquiladora worker since the age of 14, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday at a free presentation at Yampa Mountain High School, 695 Red Mountain Drive in Glenwood Springs.

Garfield County has been designated as one of 13 counties in Colorado to participate in the Colorado Prevention Partners Project, a five-year federally funded grant, with a primary purpose of enhancing local substance abuse prevention projects. A letter that has been sent out by the state sponsors, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Department of Human Services. For more information on the letter or the project itself, go to http://captus.samhsa.gov/southwest/SWCPPRFPMtgs.cfm Interested citizens are invited to attend an informational meeting from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Garfield County Health and Human Services Community Training Room,195 W. 14th St., Rifle. Please RSVP by e-mail at lrenick@garfield-county.com or call 625-5282 ext. 111 or 945-9191 ext. 3037.

This is new course starts with Session 1, which will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Carbondale Town Hall. Learn how to perform pet first aid, perform rescue breathing and CPR. Cost is $30 for ages 8 and up, which includes a first aid kit and manual. Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 4. Call Woodsie for details at 704-4116.



RFTA will be hosting a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the City Council Chambers at Glenwood Springs City Hall to inform the public on planned bus routing changes. The City of Glenwood Springs Transportation Department is coordinating with RFTA to service the Community Center and Glenwood Meadows. RFTA will have a new Park and Ride opening on Wulfsohn Road by Thanksgiving.RFTA will have a new Park and Ride opening on Wulfsohn Road by Thanksgiving.


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