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Ursa completes highway cleanup

Ursa Resources and its contractors participated in a highway cleanup effort in late September. The group, which totaled 59 people, cleaned up a total of 2 miles on each side of Interstate 70 at the Parachute exit. The effort was part of the adopt-a-highway project.

Silt man appointed to judicial performance commission

Phil Walter of Silt has been appointed to the Ninth Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission.

Walter, who was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in late September, will serve as an attorney effective Dec. 1 through Nov. 30, 2019.

Commissions on judicial performance were created in 1988 by the Colorado General Assembly for the purpose of providing voters with fair, responsible and constructive evaluations of judges and justices seeking retention. The results also provide judges with information to help improve their professional skills as judicial officers.

There is one commission in each of the 22 judicial districts and one state commission and each commission consists of 10 volunteer citizen members: six non-attorneys and four attorneys. District commissions evaluate the performance of county and district court judges in their judicial district during the judge’s current term of office, which is the past two years for new (provisional) judges, the past four years for county court judges, and the past six years for district court judges.

Commissioners serve a four-year term with a maximum of two terms served. If the initial appointment is to fill a vacancy, the commissioner is eligible to serve the balance of that term plus two full terms. The state commission promulgates the rules governing commissions on judicial performance and evaluates the Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges.

Storybook character pumpkin decorating contest

The Rifle Branch Library is sponsoring a pumpkin decorating contest. All are challenged to decorate a pumpkin as a favorite children’s book character using paper, glue, paint, markers, pipe cleaners, fabric or any other craft items to decorate your pumpkin, but no carving.

Pumpkins must be delivered to the library by Friday, Oct. 23. Pumpkins will be displayed in the library through Halloween, and the winners will be announced on Friday, Oct. 30. For full details, call 970-625-3471.

Food drive for LIFT-UP at Niemann’s Pumpkin Patch

Bring a nonperishable food item for LIFT-UP to Niemann’s Pumpkin Patch Sept. 26-27, Oct. 2-4, Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30- 31 and receive an extra ticket for the popular PumpKinators. There are more than a dozen fun activities for the entire family including hay rides, straw mountain, straw maze and the new pumpkin shot-put.

Pick out a special pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Local Girl Scouts will be selling refreshments as a fundraiser, and craft vendors will be selling goods on Oct. 24-25. Cost is free for 2 and under; $5 for 3-5; $8 for 6-59; and $7 for seniors (60 and older).

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