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BASALT A midvalley chiropractor is joining the effort to get shoes on the feet of the people who need them the most.Scott Tesoro of Sopris Chiropractic is collecting new and gently worn shoes of all types in a collaboration with a relief organization called Soles4Souls. The organization provides shoes to the needy in the U.S. and around the world.Sopris Chiropractic will accept shoes though June 6 at its offices on the second flood of the Alpine Bank building in Willits and at 20 N. Fourth St. in Carbondale.Tesoro said he promotes a Healthy Foot Month each spring by offering a free foot, ankle, knee and hip evaluation, and he gives discounts on products and services. He wanted to expand the effort to help the needy with their foot issues and discovered Soles4Souls.The organization specializes on getting shoes to residents in areas hit by natural disasters.I just found out that Soles4Souls is making a big push to get shoes to the people of Myanmar devastated by the cyclone, Tesoro said. I think this is an important time for people to be informed of this organization and the work they are doing.Tesoro urged people to clean out their closets and donate unused shoes that are in good shape, (no smelly sneakers that you used to wear to the gym). New shoes also are accepted.

ASPEN Aspens municipal electric utility is the winner of the 2008 Wind Power Pioneer Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, the city announced Tuesday.Aspen Electric was one of 13 public power utilities from across the United States that were nominated for the award this year. The Department of Energy Wind Program will present the award on June 24 at the American Public Power Associations annual conference in New Orleans.The city utility was nominated for the recognition by the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, which is funded partly by the city and which has been working with the city on its wind program.According to the city, Aspen Electric has been a pioneer of renewable energy since 1885, when Aspen became the first Western city to light streets and homes with hydroelectric power. Today, the city of Aspen buys three times more wind power than any public utility in the country, with nearly $1 million in wind power per year.

CARBONDALE A celebration of the life of Barry Maggert, a Carbondale resident who died Thursday, May 8, will take place 4 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Aspen Glen clubhouse at 0545 Bald Eagle Way in Carbondale. There also will be an open house at Aspen Glen from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Barry would not want tears of sadness, so those who attend are asked to bring a story about Barry to share with tears of laughter.

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