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Community news & notes

High Country RSVP offers a program for senior and disabled tax assistance, serving those in Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle, and Parachute, and relies on volunteers to be tax counselors for this very important program. Volunteers are needed, particularly in the Carbondale and Rifle area. Training is provided, and each volunteer must pass a test required by the IRS. RSVP provides plenty of help to pass the test. Qualifications? Willingness and some love for numbers, plus a desire to work with seniors and those in need. Training will be held Jan. 7 and 8 at the Blake CMC Campus, 1402 Blake (behind the Glenwood Springs City Market) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The time commitment from each volunteer is variable, based volunteers time schedules in February, March, and April; but generally takes about four hours a week, but can be more or less depending on the volunteer. Please contact RSVP at 947-8462 or

Alpine Bank New Castle will be hosting an open house/business after hours from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the bank located at 810 Castle Valley Boulevard. Hors doeuvres will be catered by Pattis Main Street Coffee House.The Alpine Bank staff encourages their loyal customers to spend the evening or just a few minutes at the bank.

Scott Webb, 17 years old and a student of Rifle High School, was in a rollover accident recently, while visiting his father in Utah. Scotts seatbelt was severed in half and he flew through the front windshield of the truck and landed on his head. He is at University Hospital in Utah with broken cheek bones, nose and chin; and broken vertebrae in his upper back.The family has been in Utah since Wednesday, staying at the Ronald McDonald house, but have to apply to stay there on a daily basis. Funding is needed for food and lodging. If you or someone you know can help this family, please call Rebecca Hale at 625-4301.

It is not too late to protect against flu. Garfield County Public Health will be providing flu shots from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at two locations:Glenwood Springs Mall – 51027 Highway 6; and Rifle Health and Human Services Building – 195 W 14th St. For more information, please call the Public Health Department in Rifle at 625-5200 or Glenwood Springs at 945-6614.

Eighth Street, between Main Street and Colorado Avenue in Carbondale, will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 and Wednesday, Dec. 10 for Xcel Energys undergrounding project. For questions, call 963-1307.

The deadline for the Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors Holiday Toy Drive, benefiting the families of deployed soldiers from Fort Carson, is Tuesday, Dec. 9. Please bring new, unwrapped gifts ages infant to 16, gift cards or checks made payable to Operation Vacation to Vicki Lee Green Realtors, 930 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs; Mason & Morse, 0290 Highway 133, Carbondale; or Real Estate Out West, little yellow building across from Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle.

The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation is inviting the community to a larger Celebration of Giving this year at 5 p.m. Dec. 17, at the Grand Ballroom in the Hotel Jerome in Aspen. Please note we are asking attendees to bring non-perishable food items, diapers, and new unwrapped toys, which will be distributed to local nonprofits. RSVP to

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