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News in Brief

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Pitkin County commissioners agreed Tuesday to allocate another $20,000 from revenues generated by the Healthy Communities Fund tax to replenish the county’s Emergency Assistance Fund.

The $20,000 allocated to the emergency fund to start the year has already been used up, helping struggling county residents pay for rent, utilities, medical expenses and the like. Joblessness is driving the need, according to Mitzi Ledingham, deputy director of Health and Human Services in the county.

The additional allocation comes from reserves built up by the Healthy Communities Fund, which is supported by a property tax and helps support various health and human service programs and nonprofits.

ASPEN – The Spring Board Donor Advised Fund of Aspen Community Foundation, a volunteer board of young adults, is now accepting grant applications for the 2010 grant cycle.

Spring Board grants are available to nonprofit organizations that enrich community life in the greater Roaring Fork Valley. The board will give preference to innovative projects that involve youth or young adults and support Spring Board’s mission. The maximum grant request considered is $5,000.

Spring Board will review each grant application and ask the finalists to give a presentation in early July.

To download the grant application, visit Applicants seeking more information can contact Laura Makar at or (970) 300-4989.

During last year’s grant cycle Spring Board concentrated on granting to nonprofits in need of emergency funding. This year that is not Spring Board’s focus.

CARBONDALE – The Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA) is seeking volunteers in the local riding community to help with the Bureau of Land Management’s annual Prince Creek Cleanup from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Organized by Carbondale residents Roz and Tom Turnbull, the cleanup occurs along Prince Creek Road and on the BLM’s Crown area, as well.

Volunteers will meet and sign in at 8:30 a.m. at McIntyre’s Red Barn at 1625 County Road 111 (Prince Creek Road), about 1.5 miles from Highway 133. Volunteers should come dressed in long pants and sturdy work shoes and bring leather gloves and a shovel or rake if possible. Trash bags will be provided, and the BLM will haul out the rubbish.

For more information about the cleanup, call the Turnbulls at (970) 963-2888. For further details about RFMBA, visit