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Buddy Program gathering tonightThe Roaring Fork Valley’s Buddy Program will hold a public gathering tonight at the Dogwood Grill in Basalt to introduce local citizens to the program and to its national consultant, Susan G. Weinberger.The party will run from 5 to 7 p.m., and will feature a talk by Weinberger, author of the new book “Mentoring a Movement/My Personal Journey,” which focuses on the Aspen Buddy Program, among others.The Dogwood Grill is in the Riverside Plaza on Two Rivers Road. The Buddy Program can be reached at 925-5717 or 927-1001.Basalt resident vying for judge’s seatTwo county judges are among three candidates to replace District Judge Richard Hart, who is retiring at the end of this month.The candidates are: Frederick W. Gannett of Basalt, who is now the county court judge in Eagle County. Russell H. Granger of Georgetown, who is now the county court judge in Clear Creek County. David C. Lugert of Eagle, an attorney in private practice and former Eagle County prosecutor who was an analyst for newspapers and television during the Kobe Bryant criminal case.Gov. Bill Owens will pick Hart’s replacement. He has until March 21 to make his decision. Whoever replaces Hart will face retention elections every four years, but judicial recalls are rare in Colorado, and most judges work until they decide to retire. (Vail Daily)Spill closes I-70 access ramp near SiltBarrels of roofing adhesive fell off a truck and spilled onto an on-ramp of Interstate 70 near Silt, temporarily closing access to eastbound I-70 Monday.The accident resulted in a bright-orange adhesive compound running off the ramp and into a gully. The cleanup was trickier because the compound heats up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit when mixed with water, said Silt police chief Paul Taylor. A white adhesive compound also spilled onto the roadway but didn’t come in contact with the orange compound, he said. The compounds are designed to react when mixed together.Ecos, a Carbondale-based environmental cleanup company, was called in to clean up the spill. Ben Cartwright, the company’s general manager, said he expected the work to be finished by today.The spill occurred when a Summit Roofing pickup truck pulled onto the on-ramp around 9:15 a.m. Monday. Several barrels came off because they weren’t properly secured to the truck, Taylor said.Police cited driver Antonio Medina-Plaza, 42, of Carbondale with spilling the load onto the highway. The company will be responsible for the cost of the cleanup, Taylor said.Cartwright said that while the adhesive “reacts with stuff really easily,” it is less of a problem as it dries out, so Monday’s cleanup was fairly simple.Taylor said the spill was “not a good one” but could have been worse. “There’s a lot more hazardous stuff traveling up and down here [on I-70] than that,” he said.A Colorado State Patrol hazardous-materials unit also responded to Monday’s spill.


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