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Colorado wildfire that burned 23 homes was human-caused

April 22, 2018 — COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Investigators say a fire that burned 23 homes and more than 65 square miles (168 sq. kilometers) in southern Colorado was human-caused. El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder says he thinks the fire could have been started by a discarded

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Aspen’s Maroon Bells bus service ready for another green breakthrough

April 21, 2018 — The Aspen area might be on the verge of another environmental breakthrough at the Maroon Bells. For 40 years, local governments and the U.S. Forest Service have teamed to restrict access for private vehicles in favor of bus service during summers on Maroon Creek Road.

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Longtime Carbondale band teacher passing the baton

April 21, 2018 — Editor's note: This story is being republished with permission from The Sopris Sun, Carbondale's nonprofit community newspaper. Mark Gray got his nickname a couple of years into his 17-year career in music education. The day after a group of students had collapsed a table by

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Mountain Family Column: The importance of healthy vision

April 21, 2018 — At Mountain Family Health Centers, we focus on medical, behavioral and dental health. Another important aspect of health is vision. The month of May is designated as Healthy Vision Month, so Mountain Family would like to share some information about keeping your windows to the

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5Point scholarship fund helps Roaring Fork Valley students achieve their dreams

April 21, 2018 — Dreams can come true. That's been the experience of Roaring Fork Valley students for the past nine years, thanks to 5Point Adventure Film Festival's Dream Project. The scholarship program awards $1,500 each to students who propose projects that embody the festival's guiding principles: respect, commitment,

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Organizers cancel Fort Collins river cleanup, blame new regulations

April 21, 2018 — FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Organizers of a river cleanup say they called off the project due to new requirements in a Colorado city intended to protect volunteers from waste along the shores. The Coloradoan reports that Fort Collins officials this spring began requiring more

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Aspen students march to protest gun violence

April 21, 2018 — A host of Aspen teenagers and community members — several doting umbrellas and sporting ski pants — braved the elements Friday morning to join thousands of students nationwide in a march and protest against gun violence. The most recent wave of national walkouts hit extra

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Some Colorado teachers vote to strike; state could step in

April 20, 2018 — PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A nationwide wave of teacher unrest spread to the southern Colorado city of Pueblo on Friday, as educators voted overwhelmingly to strike for better pay. A walkout could not start at least until May while the state decides whether to intervene,

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Community Briefs

April 20, 2018 — AARP Driver Safety for 50+ Classes The AARP Driver Safety Class, directed towards drivers 50 and over, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, and Thursday, April 26, at the CMC Glenwood Center, 1402 Blake Ave. The class covers the

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Volunteer in Silt for all-day trail project May 5

April 20, 2018 — Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is starting off its 23rd project season on May 5 next to the Colorado River in Silt and needs volunteers to help out. No experience is necessary — the project is open to anyone who wants to get involved. Volunteers will

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Sextiped Valley column: Trusting the Untrustworthy

April 20, 2018 — Yet again, we've learned of several popular brands of pet food recalled after testing positive for sodium pentobarbital — the drug used for euthanasia (humane death) of pets by veterinarians and shelters. All these brands are made by companies owned by Smuckers — that's right,

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Glenwood Springs City Council tackles homeless camp safety concerns

April 20, 2018 — By the time a scheduled Thursday night Glenwood Springs City Council discussion around safety concerns involving the proliferation of homeless camps along the hillsides above town rolled around, most of the people who came to talk about the issue had left. The meeting ran late,

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5Point film festival provides opportunities for education

April 20, 2018 — 5Point Adventure Film Festival is full of what some might call "adventure porn." The films are saturated with outdoor scenes and stories of people who have embraced and been shaped by their outdoor experiences. But the event is equally about awareness and activism. The festival's

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Scott Mercier: Why do we ride? That’s a fine question

April 20, 2018 — Over the coming months and years, I'll be sharing my thoughts on all things bike-related. It will include stories about rides, people, races and places. I love riding bikes — I hate fixing them — but I love riding them! If you're reading this column

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Carbondale runner defies blindness to finish second Boston Marathon

April 20, 2018 — Pete Fowler might have been among the more nervous runners at the Boston Marathon on Monday, even though he wasn't officially competing. The Carbondale resident is a relative newbie at the distance, yet it was his job to guide Kyle Coon to the finish, helping

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Crews make progress against fire near I-70 at Fruita

April 20, 2018 — GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — Authorities say fire crews are making progress fighting a wildfire that has burned 220 acres near Interstate 70 in western Colorado. The fire started Wednesday night on an island in the Colorado River and spread Thursday after winds picked up. The Mesa

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Crime Briefs: Wheels of justice finally catch up with domestic violence suspect

April 20, 2018 — A 25-year-old male is finally scheduled to appear in court Monday for a domestic violence and drunk driving charge that occurred more than two years ago. According to court affidavits, the night of March 10, 2016, Carbondale Police received a domestic disturbance call from a

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180 years of love: Three Rifle family couples celebrate their 60th anniversaries

April 20, 2018 — Love isn't something that you say, it's something that you do. That's the feeling of Kay (Johnson) and Richard (Dick) Morgan of Rifle who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this year. Kay's sister, Carla (Johnson) Bernklau and Paul Bernklau married just six short days

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Robinson, nephew of Mitt Romney, fails to make Colorado GOP guv primary

April 20, 2018 — DENVER (AP) — Businessman Doug Robinson, a nephew of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, failed to qualify for Colorado's Republican gubernatorial primary ballot, a state official announced Friday.Meanwhile, current Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne was cleared Friday by state election officials to be on the Democratic

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Craig Police, school district investigating threat made on high school by two students

April 20, 2018 — Editor's note: This story has been updated CRAIG — The Craig Police Department increased its presence at Moffat County High School on Thursday morning after learning two students were allegedly planning a school shooting. "The police department will continue to investigate, but there is no

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