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BASALT – The Eagle County weed manager will meet Wednesday with concerned citizens to discuss spraying herbicides on weeds along the lower Fryingpan River and in other areas.

The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. at the Basalt Public Library. Jerome Osentowski, founder of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, sought the meeting. He wants biological controls used to reduce thistles, along with hand pulling or cutting. Osentowski is concerned about the environmental affects of herbicide use.

Tom Girard, who is in charge of Eagle County’s weed management efforts, agreed to hold the meeting and consider alternatives to spot spraying of weeds.

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – Destination Hotels and Resorts has signed a contract to take over management of The Villas at the Snowmass Club, the company announced Monday.

Destination Hotels and Resorts already had a strong presence in the upper Roaring Fork Valley. It manages The Gant in Aspen and numerous properties in Snowmass Village, including Top of the Village Condominiums and the Stonebridge Inn.

The Villas at the Snowmass Club is a 78-unit project located on the golf course.

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Destination Hotels and Resorts touts itself as the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the United States, with more than 30 luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers.

RIFLE, Colo. – The Colorado Division of Wildlife will hold a public meeting in Rifle this month to discuss fish management strategies at the Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap reservoirs.

The meeting will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the South Event Hall at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. The two reservoirs are by Rifle and Silt, but they are popular with Roaring Fork Valley residents.

Aquatic biologists and wildlife managers with the state are scheduled to attend the meeting. They are seeking input from the public on fish management issues.

“Illicit introductions of fish species and other factors have changed the fisheries over time,” the wildlife division said in a statement. “This meeting will explain how the fisheries of both waters have changed, and share results of angler creel surveys completed in 2009 and 2010.”

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