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Speaker covering Roaring Fork water issues attracts a crowd

CMC CornerRenelle Lott

Standing-room-only attendance at the first in a speaker series on water issues affecting the Roaring Fork valley was a welcome sight to the American Leadership Forum and Colorado Mountain College.Abbie Dickinson, CMC’s Spring Valley Campus coordinator of student life, graduated in last year’s ALF class.”The turnout was really exciting for us,” Dickinson said. “I think people feel like they know they need to know more about water issues, and they don’t have to know about water issues in order to come.”CMC sponsors the series and provides guides to help people understand the issues. ALF’s next Waterwise Wednesday will be Feb. 16 or Feb. 23, followed by one in March and April.Nordic race series seeks boostThe Leadville Loppet 22K and 44K Nordic races start promptly at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, on CMC’s Timberline Campus soccer field. This popular cross country ski series, planned in part by Colorado Mountain College students, is seeking to boost itself to national status in just its second year. Organizers of the Leadville Loppet would like to qualify racers for the renowned American Birkebeiner Nordic Race in Wisconsin. In its first year, the Leadville Loppet attracted 89 entrants, more than twice as many racers in the first year of the Birkebeiner race, which expects to host 9,000 entrants this year. CMC students work as course stewards, first aid personnel and hospitality couriers, and ski area operations students groom the snowy trail with two college-owned Snowcats. To register, call (719) 486-4288, or click on http://www.loppet.mineralbelttrail.com. The last day for preregistration is Feb. 17. Spots available for nurse aide courseThere are only 10 spots in CMC’s upcoming certified nurse aide course at Spring Valley Campus. The class starts March 1 and runs through April 29. The five-credit course costs $205 for in-district tuition, plus the textbook. Lectures run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Tuesdays and 4-8:20 p.m. Fridays. Clinicals are from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays and 4-8:50 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call Barbara Gugelman at 947-8232.Say yes to your sweet toothCMC’s Mini-College invites you to the second Chocolate Extravaganza fund-raiser at the Glenwood Center from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday. Between enjoying sumptuous desserts, attendees can participate in a raffle and bid on more than 100 silent auction items, including golf and football passes as well as savings bonds and restaurant certificates. Proceeds offer Mini-College students tuition assistance and staff development.Renelle Lott writes a CMC column for the Post Independent. If you have questions, please call the CMC Public Info Office, 947-8363.Renelle Lott writes a CMC column for the Post Independent. If you have questions, please call the CMC Public Info Office, 947-8363.


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