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Outdoors Briefs

Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Roaring Fork Watershed Collaborative and Roaring Fork Conservancy are hosting a candidate forum on water for Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield county commissioner candidates. The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Third Street Center, 520 Third St., Carbondale, in the Calaway Room. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyne Heldman will be moderating the forum. Learn from the candidates their views on local watershed and river issues and how, if elected, they will work to protect the Roaring Fork Watershed. This will also be aired live on KDNK Radio 88.1, 88.3 and 88.5 FM in the Roaring Fork Valley and at KDNK.org. Partners include: Roaring Fork Conservancy, Roaring Fork Sierra Club, Ferdinand Hayden Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the Western Rivers Institute.

Because of receding water conditions, all boat ramps will be closed at Vega State Park, which is located in the Collbran area, on Monday, Oct.1. This is one month earlier than originally scheduled. Hand launching of watercraft will still be allowed until the reservoir freezes. It is advised that boaters call the park for the current status of the boat ramps prior to coming as water fluctuation may require closure before Oct. 1.

Join staff from Roaring Fork Conservancy for a hike up Hunter Creek enjoying the fall colors and learning about the importance the riparian habitat along the creek. The event takes place from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. Meet at the lower Hunter Creek trailhead off Lone Pine Road in Aspen.Staff will discuss how a complicated system of diversions to Front Range cities affect the creek’s flow and some history of the area. This easy to moderate hike gains approximately 800 feet over a few miles. This free event is underwritten by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails. Registration is required at http://www.roaringfork. org/events. Call (970) 927-1290 with questions.

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