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The West Garfield County Landfill will be closed Wednesday, July 4, to observe Independence Day. The landfill will reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 5. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days per week.

The Glenwood Springs Saturday Farmers Market, offering fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, melons, honey and all natural meats, is held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through mid-November at its new location at the Rite Aid parking lot. For more information, call 876-2857.

Crab lovers, unite! The Crab Fest 2007 from 5 p.m. June 29 at The Miners Claim Restaurant in Silt includes 11⁄2 pounds Alaskan king crab, corn cob, jumbo baked potato, crab corn chowder, and warm lava cake dessert. Reservations are required. Preselling tickets at The Miners Claim Restaurant, 740 Main Street. For more information, call 876-5372.

Alpine Legal Services presents the Do it Yourself Divorce Class, from 1-4 p.m. July 19, at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs. Attendees will be provided with all of the necessary documentation required to complete your divorce process along with all of the necessary information about how to manage your case start to finish. A small donation is requested for this service, but no one will be denied services for lack of ability to pay.This clinic is supported by grants from Aspen Valley Community Foundation. For further information, please contact the Glenwood office at 945-8858.

The Johnny O. Band will perform a benefit concert with all proceeds benefiting LIFT-UP at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Miners Claim Restaurant in Silt. Cover charge includes hor doeuvres. Doors open at 8 p.m. Seating is limited. The concert will kick off LIFT-UPs annual Christmas in July campaign. Contact LuAnne Herman at 625-2757 for more information.

The 3rd Street Studio, 110 E. Third St., Ste. #201 in Rifle will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Meet the instructors and participate in free introductory half-hour classes every hour on the hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.Every visitor will receive one free class coupon. Goodies will be served!

Join staff and board members from Roaring Fork Conservancy at 7 p.m. July 3 for this guided walk around Old Pond Park and the future River Center site. Learn about the parks past transformation, current wildlife residents, and future plans to bring a river education facility to the Roaring Fork Valley. Meet at the large picnic table by the river at Old Pond Park. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is encouraged but not required. Please call Roaring Fork Conservancy at 927-1290 or visit for more information.

Glenwood Springs artist Annette Roberts-Gray will talk about In Memory: A Reminder of Individual Sacrifice and the Cost of War, her 21⁄2-year project to commemorate the U.S. soldiers who lost their lives in the invasion and occupation of Iraq, at noon today, June 29, on KDNKs Valley Voices with Amy Marsh.A recent news video by South Carolina reporter Will Frampton, who interviewed Annette for the second part of his two-part series, The Art of War, can be seen on the Internet at

Roaring Fork Conservancy invites all photographers to enter the 2007 Roaring Fork Watershed Photography Competition. Categories include amateur category and professional photographers. Organizers are looking for striking digital images of the rivers, streams, and wetlands of the Fryingpan, Crystal and Roaring Fork rivers and their tributaries. Entry deadline is Dec. 31, 2007. For more information and contest rules, visit

A 30th high school reunion for the Glenwood Springs class of 1977 will be held July 6-8. Please go to to sign up for the events, or call Corinne Diemoz-DeRaddo at 970-379-7088 for more information.Look forward to seeing all of you there.

The next community conversation meeting with the Department of Justice has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at the Garfield Re-2 Learning Opportunities Center in Rifle. Refreshments will be served.

The Hogback Hustle, a 5K walk/run, starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14. The event begins at the New Castle Family Fitness Center and ends at the Burning Mountain Park on Main Street. The Hustle is the first of four races in the Colorado River Valley Race Series, and is a benefit for the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. The race starts at the New Castle Family Fitness Center parking lot, winds around Castle Valley Boulevard to Seventh Street, back to Main Street and finishes at Burning Mountain Park in downtown New Castle. Water will be provided at the finish line and at one aid station midway. Breakfast will be available courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 221 after the race.Runners will be asked to line up at the start line first and walkers will be asked to line up toward the back. All participants will begin at the same time. Results will be posted and prizes will be distributed as soon as all participants have crossed the finish line.Registration forms can be found on-line at more information, contact Eileen Wysocki at 984-9705

A new event for the Burning Mountain Festival involves the Colorado River. Join other kayakers and rafters July 21 for kayak and raft race at the river park in Coal Ridge Park across the highway from the town of New Castle. The novice race begins at 2 p.m., and the advanced race starts at 2:45 p.m.The raft race begins at 3:30 p.m., also at Coal Ridge Park. Awards for both the kayak and river raft races will be presented at the Burning Mountain Park stage at 6:45 p.m. July 21.For more information, contact King Lloyd at 384-6439.

Explore the Roaring Fork Valley from the rivers perspective on a scenic float this summer. Join Roaring Fork Conservancy and Whitewater Rafting for an evening float trip from 4 to 7 p.m. July 5, or July 12. This educational and scenic float on the lower Roaring Fork River is guided by a Roaring Fork Conservancy naturalist and designed for individuals and families ages eight and up. Spaces limited. Reservations required by calling Whitewater Rafting at 945-8477. For more information, visit or call 927-1290. Sponsored by Roaring Fork Conservancy and Whitewater Rafting LLC.

Preschool storytime at the Rifle Branch Library will be canceled July 4-5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The library will be closed July 4th and resume regular hours July 5.

Fire restrictions on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Managements Glenwood Springs Field Office began June 23. The Glenwood Springs Field Office includes BLM lands within Eagle and Garfield counties as well as a small amount of land within Pitkin County and southern Routt County.BLM will be enforcing temporary restrictions of: campfires only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (fire pans are not acceptable); no smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation; no use of explosive materials; no welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame; and no operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark-arresting device properly installed and in working order.Fireworks are never allowed on federal lands.The same restrictions are in effect for lands administered by the BLM Grand Junction Field Office. Mesa, Garfield and Pitkin counties have also enacted fire bans.Restrictions will be in place until further notice. Violation of federal fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $100,000 or imprisonment for not more than 12 months or both.For more information about fire restrictions on federal lands, log on to or call (970) 947-2800.

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