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Hospital blood drive is Nov. 18

Aspen Valley Hospital will hold a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in a mobile blood-donor van in the hospital parking lot.

Giving a pint of blood takes 30 to 40 minutes, and no appointment is necessary. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health (no infections or colds). It is recommended that donors drink plenty of fluids the day before, and eat a normal meal four to six hours prior to donating. Donors of all blood types are needed.

The AVH blood drive is held in conjunction with St. Mary's Regional Blood Bank. For more information, call the Donor Center at St. Mary's Hospital at 970-244-2555.

Air quality now online

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The city of Aspen's air-quality monitoring program data is now live on the web. This allows real-time access to information such as PM10, ozone and PM2.5 levels.

"This is significant good news because when there are regional air-quality events such as forest fires or dust storms, people can go directly to our website to decide if the air quality is good enough to ride up the pass or hike up Aspen Mountain," said Jannette Whitcomb, senior environmental health specialist for the city. "Two summers ago we had several air-quality events that created poor air quality in Aspen. Many people called us asking whether or not to go hiking or biking. Our new website will help them make better decisions."

The new page is available at http://www.aspenpitkin.com/Departments/Environmental-Health/Air-Quality-Outdoors/Current-Air-Quality/.

Carbondale

Town honored for its bike-friendliness

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the town of Carbondale with a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community award, joining 325 other communities from across the United States.

"Visionary community leaders are recognizing the real-time and long term impact that a culture of bicycling can create," said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. "We applaud the town of Carbondale for investing in a more sustainable future for their town and a healthier future for their residents who live there. The Gold Level award that is being bestowed upon Carbondale recognizes their commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies."