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Road crews will be performing maintenance work on Snowmass Creek Road from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 5-8.The maintenance will include grading and ditch work early in the week, followed by dust control on Thursday. For more information, call Pitkin County Public Works at 920-5390.

Energy expert Brian Weller will speak this week about sustainable living and energy independence.The talk, titled “Energy Security: Preparing Our Communities for the End of Cheap Oil,” is from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Roaring Fork High School, 180 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale. A $5 donation is requested, but not required. The event is sponsored by the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, the town of Carbondale, Solar Energy International and Sustainable Settings.Weller will also lead two identical seminars expounding on the June 9 talk. The seminars are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 10 and 11 at Roaring Fork High School. The cost is $35, and participants should bring their own lunches.To sign up for a seminar or for more information, call CORE at 963-5657.

The Carbondale Music and Lobster Fest will feature numerous local bands, samplings from area restaurants and fresh lobster from Maine on June 23-24.Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, June 23, live musicians will play on the main stage and KUUR Your Radio 96.7 FM will broadcast live from the event. There will be prize giveaways as well. About 20 local bands and 30 solo artists will perform.The lobster is brought fresh from Maine and cooked at the event, which goes until 9 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 24. To get a lobster, tickets need to be pre-purchased by June 16. Tickets are $30, and include the lobster and a drink.For more information or to buy tickets, call 704-4116.

DURANGO (AP) – Oprah Winfrey took a train ride, high-fived a fan despite her bodyguard’s objections and sent residents scrambling for their phones to call in sightings during a stop here.Winfrey, who visited the Navajo Nation in Arizona this week to gather footage for her show, was in Durango Thursday visiting her former chef, Palace Restaurant owner Paul Gelose.She traveled with a camera crew, fueling speculation that Durango may appear on her show.During her visit, she took a short ride on the steam-powered Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.Fort Lewis College senior Sandy Shibly spotted her outside the train station and asked the talk-show host, magazine founder, actress and producer for a high-five.”Her bodyguard said ‘no, no, no,”‘ Shibly said. “But I said, ‘Oprah said I could.’ So I got a high-five from Oprah. Not many people can say that.”


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