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CARBONDALE – GrassRoots Community Television will hold its Carbondale Launch Party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at Carnahan’s Tavern, located at 403 Main St. in Carbondale.

On tap will be $1 Flying Dog beer, live music and food from Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli.

The party is a celebration of GrassRoots Community TV programming in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs on cable channel 82 and on free TV throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Channel 82 debuts today.



The station will also have a booth at Saturday’s Dandelion Day in Sopris Park in Carbondale.

For more details call (970) 925-8000.




GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) will host a trail workday Saturday on the Scout and Forest Hollow trails in Glenwood Springs.

The 2.5-mile Scout Trail on the east side of Glenwood Springs is popular among hikers and mountain bikers, and the Forest Hollow Trail is a mountain biking favorite that contours the west end of the Glenwood Canyon before connecting with the Scout Trail above the city.

RFOV and its project partners will perform trail maintenance over the entire length of these trails. Volunteers will focus on correcting erosion problems, re-establishing trail width and trimming back encroaching vegetation.

RFOV and its project partners – the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, National Forest Foundation and Summit Canyon Mountaineering – will provide the tools, materials, leadership, and some rewards, including a dinner, at the end of the day.

To volunteer, visit http://www.rfov.org, e-mail rfov@sopris.net, or call (970) 927-8241.

CARBONDALE – The Carbondale Environmental Board and Roaring Fork Conservancy for the Crystal River Cleanup will be held Saturday.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Sopris Park in Carbondale. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Volunteers are advised to dress appropriately by wearing long pants, layers, hats, sunscreen and gloves. Prizes will be awarded for the Best of Trash, Most Toxic, Most Useful, and Most Unusual Trash.

For more information visit http://www.roaringfork.org/events, or call Steve at (970) 963-8465.

ASPEN – The city of Aspen will hold its annual Arbor Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at Paepcke Park.

Activities include free trees for city of Aspen residents, tree raffles, community forest updates, bucket truck rides for kids, informational booths, including mountain pine beetle information

A number of native trees will be available during the give-away. Proof of residency can be accomplished with one of the following: Colorado driver’s license showing a local address, a voter registration card or a utility billing statement. One tree per household, please.

For additional information contact the Parks Department at (970) 920-5120.

ASPEN – Kate M. Lang, acting associate administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration, will join 130 airport officials from across the state at the Colorado Airport Operators Association spring conference this week in Aspen.

“It’s exciting for us to be hosting this conference in Aspen,” said Aspen/Pitkin County Airport Director Jim Elwood in a press release. “As airport operators, we need opportunities for ‘face time’ with each other and officials like Ms. Lang to discuss airport issues of regional and national significance.”

The three-day conference begins today and runs through Friday at the Aspen Meadows. Highlights of the agenda for regional airport officials include: “Things You Should Know But Are Afraid to Ask About the Environment,” “Everything You Want to Know About Air Space” and discussions about airport security, among other topics.

The CAOA serves the common interests of the owners, operators and users of the 79 public-use airports in Colorado, providing a unified voice for airport operators to state and federal agencies, and Congress. It’s also a forum for the exchange of ideas, methods and experiences among airport operators.

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