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Hunter education classes on tapThe big-game hunting season is right around the corner, and a number of hunter-education classes are scheduled for August.Two classes will be taught in Glenwood Springs. The first is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6-7. No preregistration is required. The second session is taught in Spanish only and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 13-14. Preregistration is required by calling Jos at 719-544-1922.Both sessions will be held at the Re-1 School District Building, 1405 Grand Ave. Classes are also available in Silt and Basalt. The Silt class is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 20-21at the Silt fire station. Preregistration is required by calling Jim Builteman, 625-9533. The Basalt class runs from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 22-26 at the Basalt Middle School. Preregister by calling Colorado Mountain College at 925-7740.The cost is $10.Information: http://www.wildlife.state.co.us.Runoff starts July 30The annual Mt. Sopris Runoff is back for another round Saturday, July 30.The race leads runners from the 7-Eleven in Basalt to Sopris Park in Carbondale where Mountain Fair will be in full swing.The 16.5-mile course ascends roughly 1,500 feet on West Sopris Creek Road, then descends 1,800 feet on Prince Creek Road into Carbondale. Race-day registration begins at 7:15 a.m. at the Basalt 7-Eleven, and the race starts promptly at 8 a.m.Preregistration forms are available starting Friday at Ute Mountaineer in Aspen, Ajax Bike and Sport in Basalt and Carbondale, and Summit Canyon Mountaineering in Glenwood Springs. The entry fee is $22 ($24 on race day) and includes a Sopris Runoff T-shirt and refreshments at the finish line. A free shuttle is available at 11:15 a.m. to return runners to Basalt. Information: Bruce Grabow, 927-4135.To submit information, or a picture of your recent big catch, for the Outdoors page, e-mail outdoors@postindependent.com or fax to 945-4487.


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