Roaring Fork Liquors owner Ken Robinson has announced that all gross profits from today’s “Black Friday” sales will be donated to Lift Up.
Lift Up food pantries have served over 6,500 families in 2013 from Aspen to Parachute. The current economic climate has seen the numbers swell and more people are using the services of this nonprofit organization.
“I know that so many of our neighbors are in some dire economic circumstances,” said Robinson in a press release. “This will be the third Black Friday that we’ve done this because it’s the right thing to do. I encourage everyone that can, to give to a charity of their choice. Whether it’s to Lift Up through us or by other means, please help your less fortunate neighbors.”
Roaring Fork Liquors is open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., and is located in the Roaring Fork Marketplace next to Wal-Mart in Glenwood Springs.
The Pitkin County Solid Waste Center and city of Aspen Environmental Health Department are encouraging citizens to recycle old, broken strands of holiday lighting.
They’ve initiated a new recycling option by providing 90-gallon recycling bins to accept holiday strand lights. Effective immediately, this free service will be available year round at the Rio Grande Recycling Center in Aspen; Basalt Recycling Center on Midland Avenue; and the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center off of Highway 82.
“There are a number of reasons why recycling old holiday lights is a good idea,” said city of Aspen environmental health specialist Liz O’Connell in a press release. “Holiday lights contain plastic, copper and glass, which are all highly reusable materials. Old, defective holiday lights can be dangerous because their incandescent bulbs get hot, and combined with stripped wiring, can be a fire hazard.”
The holiday light recycling bins are intended to collect holiday lights only. Compact florescent bulbs or tubes should not be dropped off in those bins but can be accepted for recycling at the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center. Holiday light strands must be removed from bags or other containers, and all tinsel and ornaments must be removed before dropping them at recycling bins.
Smoke may be visible north of El Jebel this winter as crews from Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management begin burning slash piles generated from a Bureau of Land Management fuels reduction project.
Firefighters from the upper Colorado unit will burn piles when weather conditions are favorable to lift smoke out of the area and moisture in adjacent vegetation is at acceptable levels to prevent spreading. Burning could begin as early as next week and potentially continue through March.
“We typically want about 3 inches of snow on the ground before we ignite slash piles,” said BLM fuels specialist Rusty Stark in a press release. “We currently have about 700 piles to burn.”
Crews thinned pinyon pine and juniper trees near Catherine Store Road and Panorama Drive last year to reduce the risk of wildfires entering private property from BLM land, and provide for firefighter and public safety. The slash piles were stacked to cure so they could be burned at a later date.
Smoke from the Panorama area may be seen for short periods from Carbondale, El Jebel and Basalt. Some drift smoke could affect homeowners for a short period of time.
Anyone with health conditions who may be affected by short durations of smoke should contact Stark at 970 876-9030.