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Bird news

Folks who know a sandhill crane when they see one report that a pair was hanging out at River Valley Ranch a few days ago. How they arrived at RVR is anyone’s guess, as their migratory flyway is generally over west Texas and the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, western Kansas and Nebraska, and into the Dakotas. On a related note, a guy who doesn’t know much about birds reports he saw a “crane like” bird take off from near Fred Williams’s house at Euclid and Weant, barely clear the phone wire at the southeast corner of Sopris Park, and flap is way west. He said he’d never seen a crane or heron (not that he can tell the difference) inside the town limits before.

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New GarCo manager

Garfield County has a new county manager. He’s Kevin Batchelder, who the county commissioners appointed to the post on Dec. 21. Batchelder served as deputy county manager since April 2014, and has been acting county manager since July 1. Batchelder said, “My emphasis moving forward will be to provide excellent customer service and continual improvement in the provision of public services. We have a lot on our plate, and with the support of our elected officials, our management team and dedicated staff, we are poised to accomplish all of the county’s goals on behalf of Garfield County communities. I look forward to working with the Board of County Commissioners to advance its priorities in services, and in making Garfield County a ­­­better place to live, work and visit.” Batchelder has worked in public administration for 26 years, including 18 years as the chief administrative officer for municipalities, both metropolitan and rural.

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Wait until Monday

The Garfield County dump near Rifle will be closed on Dec. 24-25, as will Garfield County offices.

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Alpine Bank gives

As of Nov. 30, Alpine Bank has donated $746,485 to Colorado non-profit groups and projects through funds generated from its Loyalty Debit Card program, according to a press release. For every transaction completed with a Loyalty Debit Card, Alpine Bank donates 10 cents to benefit non-profit organizations and community projects within each card’s respective focus and customer’s geographical location.

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Roll ’em

Aspen Film is accepting submissions for the 25th annual Aspen Shortsfest through Dec. 31. For details, go to

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911 calls

Here are the Carbondale Fire District’s 911 calls for Dec. 13-19:

• Medical emergencies (5);

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• Trauma emergencies (2);

• Motor vehicle accidents (4);

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• Fire alarm responses (2);

• Carbon monoxide alarm response (1);

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• Citizen assist (1);

• Request for assistance from the town of Carbondale (1).

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They say it’s your birthday

Folks celebrating their birthday this week include: Emma Danciger and Greg “DJ Phathead” Benson (Dec. 26); Chip Bishop (Dec. 28); Randy Schutt, Sue Edelstein, Nick Walgren and Mark Gray (Dec. 29); and Beymar Silva (Dec. 30).

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Published in The Sopris Sun on December 24, 2015.