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Habitat for Humanity’s Roaring Fork Valley chapter will hold two meetings next month for potential applicants for the home it is building.Habitat will select a family to help build a single-family home in the Cleveland Place Subdivision in Carbondale. Families must live or work between Aspen and Parachute to be eligible.Applications will be available at informational meetings in Rifle on Monday, Feb. 12 and in Carbondale on Thursday, Feb. 15. The meeting in Rifle will be at the RE-2 school district administration building, 839 Whiteriver Ave. The meeting in Carbondale will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Days Inn, 950 Cowen Drive.Habitat will look at four factors to select a family: the suitability of existing housing, a household income between $20,000 and $40,000, the willingness to put sweat equity into the construction of the home and legal residency in the U.S.A family will be selected in late May. Habitat for Humanity will start construction of the house in summer 2007. This will be the fifth project for the organization in the Roaring Fork Valley.For more information about obtaining an application, volunteering, or donating money or construction materials, call 945-7733 or e-mail habitatRFV@gmail.com.

A partner in a proposal to operate a tourist train in Glenwood Springs says the city’s latest plans for extending a downtown street derailed the plan.Kip Wheeler of Aspen said a proposed relocation of tracks downtown to save the city money on extending Eighth Street precluded operating the train there.”We were very close to signing a lease with RFTA when all of this sort of unraveled,” Wheeler said.The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority owns the rail corridor running south from Union Pacific’s east-west line running through Glenwood. The city has been talking with UP about shifting tracks in its wye intersection area downtown so the city can extend Eighth Street without having to build an underpass.Wheeler said that would eliminate a freight depot the tourist train proponents had hoped to use, forcing the train to stop farther from downtown and creating parking problems.Train backers realized city officials “had no vision for an excursion train in the future,” he said.City manager Jeff Hecksel said the city’s plans for the area may have been one factor in doing in the tourist train idea, but he thinks there were others as well. He didn’t think backers had accounted for the need for parking, rest rooms and other passenger accommodations.Wheeler called city officials “somewhat pompous when it came down to a discussion of shared parking in that area.”Hecksel said the city openly discussed the possibility of the city sharing parking with the train operation.”The way I look at it is, we were trying to be helpful,” he said. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

The owner of the dog that attacked a 2-year-old Singletree girl had the dog destroyed.Donna Griffin of Singletree confirmed she recently put Max, a Labrador-retriever mix, to sleep. She still faces charges of owning a dangerous dog and owning a vicious dog after Max attacked Zoie Palmer on July 21. The girl suffered multiple cuts to her face and has undergone several surgeries. Griffin refused to answer any other questions about her dog or the case. Shortly after the charges were filed, she refused an offer from the District Attorney’s office that she plead guilty to the charge of owning a dangerous dog. A call to her attorney, Terry O’Connor, was not returned Friday.Following the attack, Max was put in the custody of the Eagle County Animal Shelter. Natalie Duck, director of the animal shelter, would not say when Max was put to sleep, but noted the dog had behaved well with other dogs at the shelter.The Eagle County District Attorney’s Office recommended Max be put to sleep. District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said his office is still pursuing the charges against Griffin. The fact the dog is gone doesn’t affect the case, he said. (Vail Daily)

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