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Challenge Aspen seeks helpASPEN Challenge Aspen is seeking volunteers to work from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 14.That day the nonprofit will be preparing its Alpine Tower High Ropes Course programs at Wilderness Ranch, located 17 miles up Frying Pan Road.Duties will include clearing and stacking fallen trees, creating trails, distributing, and raking ground cover, among other chores. The organization is asking that no children under 18 volunteer, because of safety concerns. Volunteers can get a ride to the ranch by meeting at the Basalt Park & Ride lot at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Challenge Aspen will provide lunch, water, and snacks.Volunteers should bring a personal water bottle, solid footwear (no sandals), work gloves, sunscreen, a hat, rain gear and fleece in case of inclement weather.For more information e-mail Sally OKeefe at or call 970-923-0578, ext. 209.Holy Cross elects board membersGLENWOOD SPRINGS Results of the Holy Cross Energy Board of Directors election, held June 6, have been released. Winning the northern district was George H. Shaeffer, who collected 1,925 votes. Opponent David S. Campbell brought in 958 votes. Lynn E. Dwyer won the western district race with 1,635 votes, while challenger James G. Snyder garnered 1,028 votes. The three-year terms begin June 18.Man suspected of using nail gun on co-workerGRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) A Grand Junction man is in jail after allegedly using a nail gun to shoot a co-worker up to 20 times.Police say most of the attack June 4 was captured on a surveillance video of a home improvement store in Grand Junction. Police say the video shows 27-year-old Jacob Bertrand spraying lacquer thinner on the neck, shoulder and back of a male co-worker, throwing a trash can at him before shooting him in the chest with the nail gun, and at least once on the left side of his nose.Police say the victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.Bertrand was arrested Tuesday and was at the Mesa County jail on $25,000 bond. Bertrand faces charges of menacing, reckless endangerment and second-degree assault. No home phone number was listed for Bertrand and a jail official said he could not say whether he had an attorney.Colorado-grown tomatoes safeLAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Food and Drug Administration says Colorado-grown tomatoes are not associated with a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 167 people in 17 states since April.So far two people in Colorado have been sickened.But state Commissioner of Agriculture John Stulp says tomatoes harvested in Colorado have been cleared of any connection with the outbreak.The FDA recommends staying away from raw red Roma, red plum and red round tomatoes unless they are from states like Colorado that have been ruled safe.Cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes and tomatoes with the vine still attached are not believed to be connected to the outbreak.

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