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Benefit for Dawn Ryden SundayThere will be a fundraising benefit to help Dawn Ryden, 38, of New Castle, from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday at Butch’s Smokehouse and Sports Bar in West Glenwood.Ryden was involved in a three-car accident on Jan. 29, after swerving to miss a dead elk on Interstate 70 between New Castle and Silt. She suffered multiple serious injuries and was released from Valley View Hospital on Feb. 16.The benefit will include a Mexican buffet with a silent auction beginning at 2 p.m. Live music will start at 4 p.m. and a Texas hold ’em poker game at 6 p.m. Butch’s Smokehouse and Sports Bar is the former Marshall Dillon’s restaurant at 1st Choice Inns.A bank account fund has also been set up for Ryden at Wells Fargo bank and donations may be made at any branch.Fundraisers for injured studentYampah Mountain High School are planning two fundraisers to help fellow student Amanda Armijo, who was injured during a school rock climbing trip to Moab last November. A student concert is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, March 17 at the Blue Acacia Theater, and a student Climb-A-Thon is planned for 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the CMC climbing wall.Pledges and donations can be made to the Amanda Armijo Medical Fund, and dropped off at Yampah Mountain High School or any Alpine Bank. Contact Mike Podmore at 945-9463, ext. 110.Fishing closuresYearly spring fishing closures on local waters go into effect March 15 and run through May 15. During this spawning period, rainbow trout tend to congregate at the confluences of several tributaries along the Colorado and the Roaring Fork rivers, giving fishermen an unfair advantage. These fishing closures, which have been in effect since the spring of 2001, are aimed at protecting spawning rainbow trout. The closures ban fishing on:The Roaring Fork River, 50 yards upstream and downstream of the confluences with Four Mile Creek and Three Mile Creek, as well as for a half mile up those creeks. These same areas are closed in the fall to protect spawning brown trout.The Colorado River, 50 yards upstream and downstream of the confluences with Grizzly Creek, No Name Creek and Canyon Creek, as well as a half mile up those creeks. These same areas are closed in the fall to protect spawning brown trout.Violators can expect a minimum $68 fine for fishing in the closures.Basalt Town Council candidate forumThe Basalt Chamber of Commerce would like to invite the public to attend the 2006 Basalt Town Council Candidate Forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Basalt Middle School, located at 51 School St.Make the voting process easier – meet the candidates and learn how they feel on issues affecting Basalt. A moderator will ask the panel a set of questions, giving each candidate a set time for their answer. The public will have an opportunity to submit questions. Daddy-daughter danceCome boogie down at a DJ’d dance party with good ol’ dad, step-dad, grandpa or guardian, at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 18. There will be refreshments, corsages and photos. The dance is at the Sopris Rooms in the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Sign up at the Community Center or call 384-6301.Early blood drawValley View Hospital and Glenwood Medical Associates are offering an early blood drawing opportunity for people unable to make the health fair. Predraw will be offered from 7-9 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Glenwood Medical Associates. Valley View Hospital Health Fairs with free screenings and educational booths will be held from 7-9 a.m., Saturday, April 22, at Riverside Middle School, New Castle; and from 7-9 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Glenwood Medical Associates. Blood draws require fasting for 12 hours before screening.Diabetics should not fast. Please drink water and continue to take prescribed medications as directed.’You Can’t Take It With You’Glenwood Springs High School will present the three-act play “You Can’t Take It With You” at 7 p.m. March 16, 17 and 18 at the GSHS Auditorium. Tickets are available only at the door. The community is invited to come see the eccentric Sycamore family in an explosive and laugh-out-loud comedy filled with fun for the whole family. The ensemble cast features 19 student actors and is directed by Bob Willey and produced by Gayla Rowe. For questions, call 384-5583.Deb Stewart RoastYou are cordially invited to attend a Retirement/Happy Birthday Roast for Deb Stewart, from 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Center in the Lucy Huntley Senior Center, 1402 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs. Come prepared to share your stories and memories.


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