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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 http://www.roaringfork.org/2007photo.

A 30th high school reunion for the Glenwood Springs class of 1977 will be held July 6-8. Please go to http://www.gshs77.com 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 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 http://www.newcastlechamber.org.For more information, contact Eileen Wysocki at 984-9705.Community conversation meetingThe 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.Burning Mountain Kayak & Raft racesA 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.Glenwood PDs magic campaignThe Glenwood Springs Police Department Crime Prevention and Youth Activities Programs will sponsor Magic! Magic! Magic ! show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 915 Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. Local businesses and resident will be contacted by phone to purchase childrens and senior citizens tickets, or advertising posters for the program in the upcoming weeks.For more information, call the Glenwood Springs Police Department 384-6500 and speak to Officer Margaret Wierenga or Carol Davis.



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.

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.



The Glenwood Springs Police Department Crime Prevention and Youth Activities Programs will sponsor Magic! Magic! Magic ! show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 915 Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. Local businesses and resident will be contacted by phone to purchase childrens and senior citizens tickets, or advertising posters for the program in the upcoming weeks.For more information, call the Glenwood Springs Police Department 384-6500 and speak to Officer Margaret Wierenga or Carol Davis.

The family of Walter Benskin are asking for help in searching for his remains. Anyone wishing to help do a grid search of the area on Thursday through Saturday should contact Sgt. Anthony Mazzola at the Rio Blanco County Sheriffs office at 970-878-9620 or Cindy with Texas Equusearch at 1-281-830-0381.Search and rescue dogs and their handlers would greatly aid with the search.Walter Benskin went elk hunting in Meeker on Ripple Creek Pass, October 25, 2006 when two feet of snow covered the area. Benskin has not been seen since.This will be their last attempt at trying to bring home their loved one and bring closure to the family for a very devastating time in their lives.

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.

Friends of the Missouri Heights Schoolhouse are hosting an annual potluck dinner from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at the Missouri Heights Schoolhouse, 498 102 Road, featuring music, entertainment, food and the chance to get to know your neighbors. Donations are welcome. Call 963-7447 or 963-2180 for more information.

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 http://www.roaringfork.org/events for more information.

An invitation to all artists! The registration form for the 2007 Fall Art Festival, to be held Sept. 26-30, has been sent out to artists. The form and registration fees are due by Thursday, August 23. No late registration will be accepted.If you did not receive your registration form and would like to enter the Fall Art Festival, you may pick up a registration form at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, the Artist Mercantile, the Main Street Gallery, and other Chambers, art stores and galleries throughout the valley, by mail at P.O. Box 64, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602, by calling Portia Griefenberg, 945-0393, or by e-mailing gsag@rof.net.

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.

There will be Old-Time Acoustic Music Jam on Thursday July 5, 7 to10 p.m. at The Summit Coffee House, 730 Grand Ave. Glenwood Springs. The Last Minute String Band will host an informal night of acoustic, Old-Time music. All acoustic pickers welcome. Chord charts provided. Should be a fun night for players and listeners. It’s a free event.


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