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The Garfield County Regional Airport needs volunteers to help with the 2006 annual Air Fair on Friday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug. 5. Volunteers are needed to help set up Friday beginning at 2 p.m. and work a variety of hours during the Air Fair on Friday 4-11 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers at the free air fair receive a $10 meal ticket and free T-shirt! To join in the fun call the Rifle Jet Center at 625-4833 and ask for Alanna.

The Roaring Fork Group of the Sierra Club is hosting its annual Potluck Picnic in the Park from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Sopris Park in Carbondale. Live music from the Timberline bluegrass group will be featured. Soft drinks and wonderful microbrews will be provided by the Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. Please bring a dish to share to this social gathering with opportunity to meet your local members and leaders of the Roaring Fork Group. It is open to Sierra Club members, potential members and their friends. Please call 947-9613 for further information.

Rifle High School will begin new student registration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2. Birth certificate and immunization records are required. Call 625-7765 to schedule an appointment.



Garfield County Fair Parade applications are now available for the annual parade, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, with the theme It aint just cows n cookin. Application deadline is today. $25/entry, $5/horseback rider. Info/registration: riflechamber.com for parade entry forms, 625-2085, ext. 2.

The Rocky Mountain Smiths is the arts guild for the artistic blacksmiths across the state of Colorado. Its an organization dedicated to the art of blacksmithing. An annual event is held at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale. The four demonstrators this year are Peter Ross from Silver City, N.C., Brad and Chad Gunter from Tieras, N.M., Shan Sutherland from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Corrina Mensoff from Atlanta.The event will take place Aug. 3-5. One must become an RMS member to be involved in the event, but that invitation is open to all, not just professional smiths. Forging demonstrations as well as a forging competition will be taking place as well as a gallery open for display of work done by Rocky Mountain Smiths members as well as our guest demonstrators. Participants in the event are allowed to participate in open forge in the evenings, allowing a chance to hone their own blacksmithing skills.



Wal-Mart is hosting a back-to-school teachers appreciation event in recognition of their efforts at 8 a.m. today in its Glenwood Springs store. Local teachers receive free gifts and refreshments as they shop for back-to-school supplies. Call 945-5336 for more information.

The Rifle High School Class of 1986 is celebrating their 20th reunion Friday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug. 5. If you have not been contacted, please call 625-9334, or e-mail riflehigh1986@hotmail.com for more information.

Kids of all ages are invited to join Silts Heyday Parade on Saturday, Aug. 5. Decorate your bikes, wagons and scooters and join in on the fun. Silts Heyday is Saturday, Aug. 5, at Veterans Memorial Park in Silt. The theme this year is Celebrate Family! The grand marshals will be Silts families (old and new). If you are interested in being one of the grand marshals, please contact Peggy Swank at 876-5861 or Ricky McLaughlin at 876-2993.A pancake breakfast starts things off at 9:30 a.m. at the gazebo, followed by arts and crafts booths, the parade, beer booth, vintage base ball, entertainment and contests.Organizers are also looking for local talent to perform at the Heyday this year. If you are interested, please contact Peggy Swank at 876-5861.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is taking public comments regarding revisions to management plans for deer and elk on the Grand Mesa. These management plans, called Data Analysis Unit (or DAU) plans, contain population estimates and set goals for male-female ratios within populations. DAU 12, the deer unit under consideration, covers the north side of the Grand Mesa (Game Management Units 41, 42 and 421), while DAU 14, the elk unit, (GMUs 41, 411, 42, 421, 52 and 521) covers all of the Grand Mesa. To aid the public in discussion, several management alternatives will be presented at the public meeting to be held at 7 p.m. today at the Rifle Fire Protection District in Rifle.

Ironbridge Club and Mountain Community hosts a picnic by the river from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5. The event features burgers, bratwurst, hot dogs and refreshments in a river setting. Attendees will see the recently released river homesites at Ironbridge. Tours of the golf course will also be available. Bring the family and BYOR (bring your own rod). For further information, call 945-4300.

Fly-fishing for everyone! Bring your rod and come learn about the world-class fly-fishing on the Roaring Fork River near Carbondale at 6 p.m. Aug. 2. Avid angler Rick Lofaro, of the Roaring Fork Conservancy, will lead the one-hour introduction to fly-fishing at Blue Creek Ranch. Please dress appropriately; the event will happen rain or shine. It is free and open to the public. However, space is limited, and reservations and a fishing license are required. Please call 927-1290 to register. Sponsored by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails and the Roaring Fork Conservancy.


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