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Basalt to celebrate Flag DayBasalt will celebrate Flag Day with a fried chicken dinner, live music, historical tours and a flag lowering ceremony Wednesday, June 14 at Lion’s Park.The Basalt Regional Heritage Society, Mason and Morse of Basalt, and the Basalt Chamber of Commerce are presenting the annual event.Dinner will be served from 5:30-7 p.m., while The Frying Pan Bluegrass Band entertains. Basalt native and author Earl Elmont, who has written detailed histories of the town and the Fryingpan Valley, will lead historic tours of downtown starting at 6 p.m. at Alpine Bank. Longtime Basalt residents Nancy and Dwight Maurin will also lead downtown tours. Caley and Liz Gredig will give a 6 p.m. tour of Fairview Cemetery. People who are interested should drive through the cemetery and park at the circle.The focal point of the evening will happen at 7 p.m., with the lowering of the flag and playing of taps. Retired Lt. Col. Dick Merritt of the U.S. Marine Corps will present the ceremony, along with the Pan and Fork 4-H Club and Troop 265 of the Girl Scouts of Basalt.Proceeds will go to Basalt Regional Historical Society programs. For more information or to volunteer, call 927-4693.Garco community corrections center moves forwardGarfield County is moving ahead with a community corrections center that officials hope to open next year.County commissioners on Monday approved a $1.41 million design/build contract with Iowa-based Oakview Construction and Kansas-based Archetype for the project.The building is scheduled to open in March.The 10,000-square-foot structure will be on county land near the county airport outside Rifle.It will be able to accommodate 60 inmates and 38 staff. However, initially it will house only 35 people, based on currently available state funding to operate the facility, County Commissioner John Martin said. The program now is available only to male offenders, but the building will allow for 10 females, as well.Community corrections is a residential alternative to prison for qualifying offenders. They receive life skills training, employment support, and drug and alcohol treatment. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)Memorial set for missing Vail climberThe family of lost climber and Vail resident Sue Nott plan to celebrate her life Sunday. The day will mark a week since a search on Alaska’s Mount Foraker for her and climbing partner Karen McNeill ended unsuccessfully.”The family of Sue H. Nott would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to all of the kind and supportive friends – both locally and throughout the world – who have conveyed their concern, love and admiration for Sue and her climbing partner, Karen McNeill, throughout this most difficult of times,” according to a statement the Nott family released Monday.Nott, 36, and McNeill, 37, who lived in Canmore, Alberta, left base camp May 12, and two days later began climbing the Infinite Spur route to the south summit of Alaska’s 17,400-foot Mount Foraker.The two experienced climbers said they would return to base camp within 10 to 14 days. The search began June 1. Rescuers scaled down their effort Sunday, shifting from a rescue to body recovery after determining Nott and McNeill likely ran out of the fuel they needed to melt snow into water, said Kris Fister, a spokeswoman for the Denali National Park and Preserve. (Vail Daily)


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