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Small business owners, farmers and ranchers can learn about two U.S. Department of Agriculture clean energy grant and loan programs at a series of upcoming workshops. The grants and loans can help pay for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installations on the production side of farms and ranches and for small businesses.An overview workshop will be held from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The basics of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Grant and Loan Program, and the Value-Added Agricultural Production Grant Program will be explained.Property owners must fill out the grant application themselves, and the grants are judged in a national competition. To help local farmers, ranchers and small business owners fill out competitive applications, follow-up workshops will be held in April.The grant application workshop for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency program will be held from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.The grant application workshop for the Value-Added Ag Production program will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.For more information and to RSVP for the March 31 overview workshop, visit http://www.CleanEnergyEconomy.net.

The first annual Duke Earl Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament will be held with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Sunday, April 19. The tournament is poker style with a 7 a.m. check-in. Entry fee includes 18 holes of golf and lunch.Duke Earl was the Rifle High School golf coach and the assistant golf pro at Rifle Creek Golf Course for the last several years. A silent auction will be held before and after rounds. Proceeds will go to scholarship fund and the Duke Earl family.Call Rifle Creek Gof course at 625-1093 to enter.No handicaps required, and no golfing ability required.For those who do not wish to golf but would like to participate, there will be a nominal fee for lunch, which will be served approximately 1:30 p.m. Please call the number above for reservations.

Volunteers are needed to help from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, (National Citizenship Day), at Glenwood Springs Middle School, 120 Soccer Field Road, Glenwood Springs. This is a free citizenship workshop for lawful permanent residents eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship Volunteers are needed to help applicants fill out N-400 forms; make copies of applicants documents; and help people throughout the day of the workshop to explain the process and answer questions.For more information, call 319-1677.



The Glenwood Springs Ladies Golf Club is extending an open invitation to all lady golfers interested in playing in its 2009 season opener, for the Mixer nine-hole scramble, April 25 at Glenwood Springs Golf Course. Lunch is included in the entry fee, and the action kicks off with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Participation does not require membership to the GSLGC.To sign up, call the Glenwood Springs Golf Course pro shop at 945-7086 or e-mail gslgc@aol.com.

Bring your rod and learn about the world-class fly fishing on the Roaring Fork River. from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 8. Local fly fishing guide, Cam Scott, from the Taylor Creek Fly Shop will lead this free two-hour introduction to fly fishing at Old Pond Park. The program will include an overview of practical entomology, reading the water, and a casting tune-up. Taylor Creek Fly Shop will provide fly rods and reels for instruction. Please dress appropriately; the event will happen rain or shine. This event is part of Roaring Fork Conservancys 2009 Watershed Explorations and is sponsored by Taylor Creek Fly Shop and Roaring Fork Conservancy. Space is limited, and reservations are required at http://www.roaringfork.org/events.


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