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Summit County representatives hold public meeting on wildfire risk and property insurance

The Summit Association of Realtors will host a free lunch and joint town hall discussion with local Colorado Rep. Millie Hamner and Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs on Friday, Sept. 12, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Frisco Day Lodge tubing hill.

The community discussion will focus on issues related to homeowner difficulties with maintaining or obtaining property insurance in Summit due to perceived wildfire risk. The group also will discuss defensible space mitigation and confusion among homeowners as to the conflicting differences between what local fire departments and insurance companies consider defensible space. Participants will include local fire departments, insurance companies and Bobbie Baca with the Colorado Division of Insurance.

YOU CAN JAM

Canning and pickling food have increased in popularity as more people join the modern sustainable agriculture movement and try to eat locally.

Colorado Mountain College Culinary Kitchen in Breckenridge will host three hands-on food preservation workshops, starting Monday, Sept 8, with a session that includes making salsa or spaghetti sauce, or both.

Each workshop in the series starts at 5:30 p.m., lasts about three hours and costs $20. Those who sign up for all three workshops will receive $10 off. Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Call (970) 668-5703 to RSVP, pay with card and reserve one of the limited spots. For more information, contact Jenny Hammock at jenny@highcountryconservation.org.

NO SWAN SONG FOR THIS RIVER

Righting the Swan River after mining operations turned it upside-down continues with project partners Trout Unlimited, the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, The Blue River Watershed Group and Summit County Open Space and Trails.

The group will host a volunteer day Saturday, Sept. 13, as part of an effort to rehabilitate the Swan to pre-mining days.

Volunteers should bring snacks, lunch, water, sunglasses, long pants, layers and work gloves and expect to plant trees, roll rocks, spread grass seed and enjoy streamside beer and soft drinks.

From Highway 9, turn east at Tiger Road and go up the road to the parking lot to meet at 9 a.m. The work day, which will end around 1 p.m., is a no-pet event. Contact Friends of the Dillon Ranger District or visit FDRD.org to sign up.

GUIDE PARKS AND WILDLIFE

Hunting, fishing and off-highway vehicle regulations are on the agenda when the citizen group that guides Colorado Parks and Wildlife meets in Glenwood Springs next week.

The 11 members, who are appointed by the governor to regulate and set policies for Colorado’s state parks and wildlife programs, also will discuss wildlife management strategies and the Colorado Water Plan.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Ramada Inn at 124 W. Sixth St., and should finish shortly after noon on Friday, Sept. 12. The commission also will hold public meetings in Burlington in November and Colorado Springs in December.

For more information, visit cpw.state.co.us.

COLORADANS WANT CLEANER AIR

Colorado environmental organizations presented 189,286 public comments from Coloradans supporting carbon pollution limits to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet on Wednesday.

The comments come from Colorado citizens, including public health officials, business owners and local elected officials, supporting the EPA’s proposed rules to limit carbon pollution from power plants.

“As we approach the one-year anniversary of last fall’s historic flooding, we are reminded that these are the types of events that will become more frequent and severe if we fail to act,” said Kim Stevens, campaign director for Environment Colorado.

“The message is clear: Coloradans want cleaner air and less industrial carbon pollution,” she said. “They want action to protect their kids and their communities from the dangerous effects of climate change.”

HELP SUMMIT HUTS

Summit Huts Association is looking for volunteers to help ready the cabins for winter.

The organization will host volunteer work days at Janet’s Cabin Sept. 12, 13 and 14 and at Section House and Ken’s Cabin on Oct. 4.

Volunteer days include hard physical labor, including loading and unloading helicopter cargo nets, wood splitting and stacking, maintenance projects and cleaning. Janet’s Cabin volunteers must be prepared to hike or bike to the cabin, where they can spend Friday or Saturday, or both, nights. Dinner and breakfast will be provided.

For each day worked, volunteers earn a free night in the hutmaster’s quarters. Volunteers must reserve their space in advance. Visit summithuts.org for more information or email summithuts@colorado.net to sign up.

Send environmental news to Alli Langley at alangley@summitdaily.com.


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