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Spanish Storytime

The Silt Branch Library offers Spanish Storytime for children ages 3-6. This eight-week program will run through July 30. Stories, songs, and activities will explore camping and the outdoors. This program will be held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 970-876-5500.

Celsea Clingan named to Hofstra Spring 2015 dean’s list

Celsea Clingan of Rifle excelled during the Spring 2015 semester, achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 to earn a spot on the dean’s list.

Summer youth art classes in New Castle

The New Castle Recreation Department will offer Mighty Makers Youth Art Classes for ages 8-14 from June 10 to July 16, in partnership with local art educator Lynne Cassidy. The classes will be held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at The OZ Artists’ Workshop in downtown New Castle from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Children in the Mini Mosaics class on June 10 and 11 will create using glass, ceramics and collected objects. A Paint, Print and Stamp Party will be held June 17-18; Mixed Medium Mania on June 24 and 25; Cardboard Creations on July 1 and 2; Recycle Art Designs on July 8 and 9; and Marble Mazes on July 15 and 16. The fee is $45 per class and includes art supplies. Preregistration one week prior to the class is required and can be done online at

BLM seeks comment on natural gas development

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on an oil and gas development proposal west of De Beque.

Black Hills Plateau Production’s De Beque Southwest Master Development Plan proposes up to 104 horizontal wells on 13 new well pads over the next three to five years. Black Hills estimates that this project could produce up to 988 billion cubic feet of natural gas over the 20-year life of the project.

The project area is accessed via Mesa County V.2 Road. The project boundary includes approximately 32,600 acres of federal and private lands. The BLM is asking the public to identify comments, concerns and issues before the agency begins drafting the environmental assessment of this proposal. Copies of the proposal and maps are available for review at the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office and online at

Comments will be most helpful if received by July 6. Written comments and questions should be directed to the Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, 81652 or submitted electronically to

Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment — including your personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time. While people may ask the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the agency cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

Silt Heyday

Silt Heyday will take place again this year at Stoney Ridge Park. This year we celebrate 100 years of Silt. There will be a town-sponsored concert on Friday, July 31; breakfast, parade, food, craft vendors, and free music at Stoney Ridge, and additional events at the Silt Historical Park on Saturday, Aug. 1; and the Heyday Hobble 5K and the Heyday Car show on Sunday, Aug. 2. Tickets for the Friday concert and booth, parade, Hobble and car show forms are available at under the tab for special events, or during normal business hours at the town of Silt office. For more information, call 970-876-5861.

Kids’ Theatrical Camp in Rifle to put on ‘Aladdin’

Secret Identity Productions will present “Aladdin the Musical” this summer at the New Ute Events Center in Rifle.

This will be a Kids’ Theatrical Camp for the month of July. Forty students ages 8-14 will spend four weeks building sets and costumes and learning dance, singing and acting to put on the performance at the end of the camp.

For information on how to be a sponsor or how to sign your child up for the camp, contact Brett Lark with Secret Identity Productions at 970-379-5161.

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