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MEEKER The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council will meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in Meeker at the Fairfield Center, 200 Main St.

The meeting is open to the public. Northwest RAC is one of three advisory councils to BLM Colorado. It’s composed of 15 members appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, representing a broad range of public land interests, including environmental, local government and commercial activity. The Northwest RAC advises the Grand Junction, White River, Little Snake, Kremmling and Glenwood Springs BLM field offices. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

EL JEBEL The Mount Sopris Conservation District will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the El Jebel Community Center. Ditch Etiquette 101 is aimed at new land owners who may have questions about irrigation water rights and how to prepare their ditches and maintain them through the growing season.Speakers include Scot Dodero, manager of the West Divide Water Conservancy District; Judy Sappington, a water engineer with the Division of Water Resources; Jason Peel, an irrigation water management specialist with the National Resource Conservation Service, and Don Smith, president of the Mount Sopris Conservation District board of directors.For more information, call the NRCS office, 945-5494, ext. 101. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)



EAGLE COUNTY A man returned an undamaged parking boot to an apartment manager after he removed it so that he could drive his SUV, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.Lake Creek Village management placed a boot on the man’s car April 26 because someone parked it on the grass. They later found the boot and the car missing. The man returned the boot the next day, management told police. He removed it so that he could drive his Chevrolet Blazer, he said. The man was not charged. (Vail Daily)

EAGLE COUNTY While millions across the country are turned away from English classes because of a lack of space, local language classes are meeting demand in Eagle County, officials say.Enrollment has been steady, said Peggy Curry, dean of the Vail/Eagle Valley Campus in Edwards. At the campus, 576 students are enrolled in English-as-a-second-language classes this spring. There were 610 last spring and 568 in spring of 2005.Few students are turned away because of full classes, Curry said.According to a study of 176 English-as-a-second-language providers across the country by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, more than half had waiting lists. Some waits were as long as three years. (Vail Daily)


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