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Bobby Julich improved three places during the third stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré cycling race on Wednesday, moving up to 24th overall. Julich, a Glenwood Springs graduate, is now 3 minutes and 4 seconds behind overall leader Alexandre Vinokourov.Julich finished the 40.7K time trial third stage in a time of 55:10, good enough for 28th in the stage. Stage four will take place today with a 197K ride.The Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, an seven-stage race concluding on June 17, is held in the Dauphiné region of France and considered an important warm-up race for the Tour de France.

Coal Ridge cheerleaders and their coach, Jill Morgan, will host a cheerleading mini clinic on Mondays starting in July. For 5- to 8-year-olds, classes will be held from 6-7 p.m. For ages 9-12, classes will go from 6-7:30 p.m. at Coal Ridge High School. Girls will be participating in the Silt Hey Days and the Burning Mountain Festival Parade. The cost is $50 for ages 5-8 and $55 for 9-12. The price includes uniform and poms.Sign-ups will take place today at 6 p.m. at the Community Center in New Castle and Thursday at 6 p.m. at Veterans Park in Silt. Information: Michelle, 948-5914.

Basalt Recreation and Aspen Elks Lodge is pleased to offer the Valley Softball Clinic with softball coaching great Judi Garman. The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and will include pizza lunch. Coaches and players are encouraged to attend. The clinic is free for Basalt Recreation players and coaches. The registration deadline is today. Information, call 927-8214.



The Rifle Branch Library is sponsoring a free bowling event for teens from 2-4 p.m. on Friday at the Rifle Fireside Lanes. All teens going into seventh to 12th grades are welcome to join the fun as part of the Rifle Branch Library’s Teen Reads program. Stop by the library or call 625-3471 for more information.


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