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Outdoors Briefs

The Colorado Division of Wildlife seeks applicants for two vacant landowner positions on the Lower Colorado River Habitat Partnership Program committee.The HPP was authorized by the state Legislature to help reduce crop, rangeland forage, and fence conflicts between big game animals and livestock. The program’s goal is to find and help fund conflict resolution measures by developing partnerships between landowners, land managers, sportsmen, DOW representatives, and members of the general public.The Lower Colorado River HPP represents interests from Rifle east to Vail Pass, and from Aspen north to the Flat Tops Wilderness. Landowners from Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Aspen, Vail, Eagle, and surrounding areas are eligible and encouraged to apply.HPP committees are allocated 5 percent of the big game license revenues in their area to assist in accomplishing committee goals. In the past three years, the Lower Colorado River HPP has allocated more than $400,000 to projects. Major projects include water developments, fence repair and construction, weed control and habitat improvement projects. The committee generally meets six to eight times per year to discuss proposals.For more information, contact the DOW Glenwood Springs office at 947-2920. Landowners interested in serving on the committee should submit a letter of interest by 5 p.m. Friday to Pat Tucker, DOW area wildlife manager, 50633 Highway 6 & 24, Glenwood Springs, 81601.

The Porcupine Loop mountain bike race will be Sunday, July 31, in conjunction with the Carbondale Mountain Fair. The race starts at Sopris Park behind the stage at 8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.Information: Alejo, 948-6478.

Basalt Half-Marathon setThe 29th annual Basalt Half-Marathon is Saturday, Aug. 20. Runners can register for the race online at http://www.active.com or pick up entry forms from the Basalt office of Mason & Morse Real Estate or at local athletic stores.The race begins at the base of Ruedi Dam, continues down Frying Pan Road, then curls back to the finish line at Basalt Middle School. Proceeds from the event benefit the Basalt Lions Club scholarship fund.Information: Ron Lund, 927-3524.

The 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.Registration forms are now available 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.

Each Friday the Carbondale Recreation Department offers all-day Outdoor Club outings for ages 8 and older. The registration deadline is the Wednesday prior to the tripThe schedule is as follows:• July 29, Water World trip, $40• Aug. 5, rafting and Hot Springs, $40• Aug. 12, horseback riding and Marble adventure, $35• Aug. 19, camping trip, $20• Aug. 26, Last Day of Freedom Trip – hike and ARC, $20

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