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Law enforcement agencies across the state will be increasing DUI patrols, saturation patrols and conducting sobriety checkpoints to keep impaired drivers off state roadways and reservoirs during the long Fourth of July weekend, announced the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Forty-four local agencies, Colorado State Parks and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) will participate in the increased enforcement period as part of the Heat Is On campaign, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 3, and ending at 3 a.m. Monday, July 7.

The town of Basalt will host Colorado State Representative Kathleen Curry at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at the Basalt Town Hall, 101 Midland Ave., for a legislative update and Town Hall Meeting. Representative Kathleen Curry represents the House District 61, which includes Hinsdale, Gunnison, Pitkin, Eagle, and Garfield Counties. Representative Curry serves as the Chair of the Agricultural, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee and is a member of the Local Government Committee.The regularly scheduled Basalt Town Council Meeting will be held immediately following, commencing at 6 p.m.

A free health care seminar, Colorado Health Care Reform: Whats the Employer Response? will be presented from 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at the Aspen Glen Club, 0545 Bald Eagle Way in Carbondale. It is sponsored by the Roaring Fork Valley Community Health Plan and Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Rifle Chambers.Participants will review legislative proposals and recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform, and give organizers feedback to take back to the Capitol. The latest survey technology will capture opinions for on-the-spot sharing and discussion. Ralph Pollock and Amy Fletcher of the Business Health Forum in Denver will lead the discussion. RSVP by calling the Carbondale Chamber at 963-1890 or e-mailing chamber@carbondale.com.



This educational and scenic float from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, on the lower Roaring Fork River is guided by a Roaring Fork Conservancy naturalist. Plan on wildlife, learning and fun. This mellow trip is designed for individuals and families ages 8 and up. Spaces limited. Reservations required by calling Whitewater Rafting at 945-8477. Check in at 3:15 p.m. at Whitewater Rafting.For more information, visit http://www.coloradowhitewaterrafting.com or call 927-1290. Sponsored by Roaring Fork Conservancy and Whitewater Rafting LLC.

The fifth annual Classic Car Show will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, and will include a free barbecue for car show owners at Viccos Charcoal Burger Drive in, with a cruise of downtown Glenwood Springs to follow.Car show registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Ninth and Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs.The car show opens at 9 a.m. to the public. There is no admission fee. The award ceremony and group photo will be held at 3 p.m. A free family movie will be shown at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Springs Theatre on Grand Avenue, The Italian Job with Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland and Mark Walberg.To register a car or for more information, phone Dennis at The Flower Mart, 945-5971.



Winning Auditions Master Class with New York Casting Director David Petro will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 25, at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen. It is open to young performers through adults. Contact Marisa at 925-9313 ext. 3 to register. Class size limited.

The annual Mountain Fair Cake Contest will be held Sunday, July 27. Bakers, bring your cakes to the judging tent located on the west side of Sopris Park. Drop off cakes, tortes and exotics between 10 and 10:45 a.m. Each person may enter one cake in each category. All bakers receive a special gift and the top three bakers in each category receive ribbons and cash prizes. Slices are sold to the public after the judging and the proceeds benefit the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. For more information, call Stacy at 927-9903.

This week on Comcast 20, Sopris County will feature several local tourist attractions, including whitewater rafting, the Carbondale Rodeo and the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Sopris County airs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at 7 and 8 a.m.; and 5 and 6 p.m.


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