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FORT CARSON UNITHONORED BY new Marble Tourism AssociationThe newly formed Marble Tourism Association has partnered with the 891st Troop Command Battalion of the Colorado Army National Guard to provide lodging for troops in the 220th Military Police Company. These troops were called up in January and have been stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, since. Although initial orders had the company returning to the United States by October, the continuing mission in Iraq will keep them there until sometime in 2004. Lodges, B&Bs and cabins in the Marble area are each donating several nights lodging to welcome the soldiers back from the front and offer a peaceful respite for them and their families. Anyone wishing to contribute to the 220th MP Company should contact Kimberlee at Holiday PickupThe city of Rifle will not be picking up trash on Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25, and New Years Day, Thursday, Jan. 1. The city will pick up Thursdays trash on Friday, Dec. 26, and Jan. 2. Osteoporosis lecture opens seriesAs part of its Winter Public Lecture Series, The Given Institute is bringing doctors and researchers from across the country to Aspen, to talk about the latest discoveries, and their impacts on personal health care. On Jan. 8, 2004, the first speaker will be Stan Gertzbein, MD, who will speak on, Straightening the Spine: New Strategies for Osteoporosis. Gertzbein is a professor and orthopedic surgeon at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Lectures will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Given Institute, 100 E. Francis Street, Aspen. Smooth holiday sailing on Highway 82Ames Construction Inc. is not scheduled to perform work on Highway 82 in Snowmass Canyon from Dec. 21-28, except for drilling operations off-road. Project working hours the following week are scheduled from 7 a.m. through 6:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except New Year’s Day. CMC Student Art show approachesThe 4th annual CMC Student Art Show opens with a catered reception, Jan. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Aspen Campus Gallery at the Aspen Business Center. Featured works will include ceramics, drawings, paintings, glass and photography.Sound of Music tripAnyone who would like to join a bus trip to Grand Junction on Jan. 10 to see the Cabaret Dinner Theaters production of The Sound of Music should contact Mary at (970) 920-5432 or Theo Bird at 704-1572. The cost of $34 per person covers transportation plus the show and meal. RSVP by Dec. 31.

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