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What’s your superpower?
Local nonprofit VOICES aims to amplify community voices, empowering participants through a variety of art forms. The organization’s latest achievement features 10 seniors from Bridges High School that produced a short film in collaboration with 5Point Adventure Film Festival. The video is hosted on YouTube with the title “5Point Film VOICES Youth Project.”

Business for the Arts Awards
Carbondale Clay Center was honored among 12 others by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts. For its “vital role in the Roaring Fork Valley as a supportive and healing place to build community,” the local nonprofit was recognized as having “gone above and beyond to support the arts and creative industries.” All honorees will be celebrated with a virtual banquet on Mar. 9, 2021.

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Finish what your started
Have you earned college credits but have no degree? Colorado Mountain College is offering a new scholarship to help you finish what you started. Students taking 12 credits or more may receive up to $500 per semester. To learn more, schedule an appointment with a CMC counselor at Colorado Mtn.edu/Finish.

That bites
Due to budget cuts, the Garfield County Sheriff’s office is phasing out its animal control program beginning Dec. 27. The department will continue to handle bites, animal cruelty and other emergencies, but will not deal in lost and found pets, strays or wandering livestock.

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CO-OP seeks membership
The Colorado Outdoor Partnership (CO-OP) will play a leading role in the Colorado Outdoor Regional Partnerships Initiative created by Governor Polis through executive order on Oct. 30. The Department of Natural Resources, in consultation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the CO-OP, is tasked with establishing a state-level vision for balancing recreation and conservation and to ensure equitable and sustainable access to outdoor recreation. Organizations wishing to join the CO-OP must apply by Jan. 7. More information is at copartnership.org.

Tanner Rollyson receives support
On Dec. 21st, Carbondale-native Tanner Rollyson, 33-year-old son of Sopris Sun photographer Sue Rollyson, suffered a seizure while at work. It was discovered that he has a brain tumor the size of a ping-pong ball and, unfortunately, the incident occurred before his date of eligibility for work insurance. The family has nearly reached a fundraising goal of $20,000 to help with the expenses for his surgery on Jan. 8. You can contribute by visiting the “Help Tanner with Medical Costs for Brain Tumor” page at GoFundMe.com, through Venmo to @Rianna-Briggs or PayPal to Rianna.briggs@outlook.com

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GarCo facility goes solar
The Garfield County Road and Bridge building near Cattle Creek is now powered by a new 25-kilowatt rooftop photovoltaic array, providing roughly 95 percent of its electricity for an estimated savings of $12,000 annually. This facility houses the county’s District 1 operations, including maintenance of county roads from South Canyon to Carbondale, as well as storage of equipment and materials. Holy Cross Energy (HCE) and Clean Energy Economy for the Region assisted with the project which will receive an $18,500 rebate from HCE.

The Sun Does Shine
Colorado Mountain College’s selection for 2021’s Common Reader is “The Sun Does Shine” by Anthony Ray Hinton. Hinton spent 30 years in solitary confinement on death row for crimes he did not commit. His memoir tells of perseverance and triumph over injustice, addressing racial inequality and the need for criminal justice reform. Books are available at local bookstores, libraries, some CMC locations and online. The annual author talk will be streamed through the college’s website on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25.

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The Heat is On
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies are teaming up again for New Year’s Eve DUI enforcement. CDOT and Lyft are also working together to offer free or discounted rides. More information is at GiftofLyft.com. Meanwhile, with COVID on the rise, state officials urge people to refrain from gathering with anyone outside of their immediate household.

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