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ASPEN ” The Pitkin County Homeless Coalition is look­ing for volunteers.

Volunteers will staff a new day center at the Schultz Health and Human Services building next to Aspen Valley Hospital, or help at the temporary homeless shelter at St. Mary Catholic Church, which is open Nov. 19 to March 31.

Day center staff is looking for volunteers twice daily to transport meals from the hospital and pro­vide other support. The night shelter needs two vol­unteers from 8-10 nightly.

“This is an opportunity for citizens who want to make a difference in someone’s life to really step a little bit out of their own comfort zones to help cre­ate a safe place for the homeless in Aspen,” said Brad Osborn of The Right Door.

Homeless coalition officials will train volun­teers at any of four training sessions, coalition offi­cials said.

Contact Susan Kempton at susank@therightdoor.org, or call 925- 2662 for more information.

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ASPEN ” A documentary about the 10th Mountain Divi­sion’s exploits in World War II, “The Last Ridge: The Uphill Battles of the 10th Mountain Division,” will be screened at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Wheeler Opera House.

The free screening is being co-hosted by the Aspen Historical Society and the Roaring Fork Valley Veterans group, and will be followed by a talk by the film’s producer, Abbie Kealy, and a reception in the Wheeler lobby.

The film is narrated by Scott Simon, host of National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition” Satur­day show, and tells the tale of how the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division accomplished what no others could do. After more than 15,000 troops had been lost trying to reach German forces entrenched in the mountains of northern Italy, the soldiers of the 10th scaled the mountain stronghold, defeated the Germans and turned the tide of the war.

In the process, the soldiers of the 10th revolu­tionized wintertime mountain warfare abroad, transformed winter sports at home and inspired an entire generation of soldiers.

For more information, call Kip Hubbard at 925­3721, ext. 105.

RIFLE ” An energy executive promised Wednesday that his company won’t force an undesirable drilling site on residents of the Rifle Village South subdivi­sion.

Ken Leis, director of land for Laramie Energy II LLC, was responding to concerns from some resi­dents about the proximity of a possible well pad site to the subdivision, which is southwest of town and has about 100 homes.

“We certainly never had any intentions of going in there and running over people and saying, ‘You guys don’t have a choice,'” Leis said in an inter­view.

Laramie has applied to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to drill from a well pad near the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Some residents of the nearby subdivision fear the noise, traffic, air pollution and other impacts the drilling could have on their neighborhood.

Garfield County commissioners plan to consider Dec. 3 whether to ask for a COGCC hearing on Laramie’s proposal. (Glenwood Springs Post Inde­pendent)