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The Town is accepting pro and con statements regarding the ballot issue of imposing a town accommodations lodging tax. Copies of the ballot issue are available at Town Hall. The issue proposes a 2.5 percent tax on lodging for less than 30 days, and the estimated $18,000-$20,000 amount for 2005, the first full fiscal year, would be dedicated for economic development, community enhancements and town marketing.

Only signed comments filed by persons eligible to vote in the Town of New Castle will be accepted. Signed comments must address the specific ballot questions and include commentor’s address. Comments will be accepted by the Town Clerk, 450 W. Main St., P.O. Box 90, New Castle until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20. All comments will be summarized by the Town Clerk, printed, and mailed to all registered voters in the Town of New Castle.

The proposal is on the mail-in ballot that must be received at Town Hall by April 6. Any ballots must be delivered inside Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and cannot be left in Town Hall’s outside utility payment drop box.



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There will be a candidate’s forum hosted by the New Castle Chamber on Friday, March 19, at the New Castle Community Center. Plan to attend so you can be well informed and make intelligent decisions on the ballots. There are three seats to be decided for four-year terms. Write-in candidates can be filed with the town clerk by March 16. Do your civic duty and vote.



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Have you wondered what Poker Run is? Well, to participate in the Rifle Snowmobile Club’s 11th Annual Poker Run, snowmobilers buy hands, draw cards at the start and subsequent stations, and the riders with the best poker hands win. Snowmobilers show up at Station 1 at the bottom of the hill at Coulter Mesa, which is above Spruce Tree Campground, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, and proceed to each station on the 30-mile loop. The last hands have to be in by 2:30 p.m. at Corral Park at the top of Little Box Canyon. First prize is $500. Proceeds go into grooming of the snowmobile trails. Please call Jim or Sharon Yoast at 876-2426 for more details.

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If you would like to sign up your energetic 5- to 12-year-old kids for soccer, the deadline is Feb. 20. Games will be played on Saturdays in March and April. Please call the New Castle Recreation Department at 984-3352. The fee for the soccer league is $40 for in-town children, and $45 for out-of-town children. Coaches and volunteers are needed.

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Burning Mountain Festival Co-Chairs Judy Gordon and Karen Wood want You! to be one of the much-sought-after volunteers for the 2004 Burning Mountain Festival, attend an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Apple Tree Community Room in Apple Tree Mall. There are lots of jobs on a variety of levels to get anyone involved in this great down-home happening.

Kay Vasilakis’ column, New Castle News, appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308.


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