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Westwater Canyon river rescue clinic set for April 22-24

The nonprofit Canyonlands Field Institute and Rachel Schmidt are holding a Westwater Canyon river rescue course April 22-24. It is open to the public.

Westwater Canyon is well known to water enthusiasts. It is a stretch of the Colorado River by the Utah border.

This course is offered to anyone in good physical condition with interest in learning and practicing techniques in accident prevention, preparedness and river rescue. 

Emphasis is placed on boat-based, in-flow rescue techniques for high-volume river flows as well as shore-based rope system techniques applicable to lower-volume river flows.

Learn knots, anchor systems, mechanical advantage rope systems (Z-drags and piggybacks), use of throw ropes, flipping and righting rafts and self-rescue swimming.

Discussions and demonstrations will cover trip leadership and rescue/evacuation plans specifically for Westwater Canyon (Class III and IV water). A full classroom day begins the course, followed by two full days and one night in Westwater Canyon.

Canyonlands Field Institute, based in Moab, Utah, has operated river rescue clinics since 1985. It provides staff, fully rigged boats, life jackets, dry bags, eating cups and utensils, safety/support materials and all meals (including snacks) from dinner on day one to lunch on day three. The cost is $300.

Schmidt works with Ceiba Expeditions, an international expedition company. She has guided on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon and the rivers of Utah’s Canyonlands as well as rivers in Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica and Zimbabwe.

For more information or to register, call Canyonlands Field Institute at (800) 860-5262 or visit

National Library Week events slated

SUMMIT COUNTY – All of Summit County’s libraries are celebrating National Library Week from April 6-12.

“Libraries are part of the American dream,” Joyce Dierauer, Summit County Library director said. “Whether you’re checking out the latest best-seller, researching your college term paper, getting homework help or using the Internet, the library has the resources to help you find what you’re looking for.”

This year, Summit County libraries will joint the American Library Association and encourage people to learn more about the range of new and traditional resources and the role of librarians. Activities will include a kid’s comedy show with juggler and magician Ann Lincoln, a giant crossword puzzle for adults, reading coupons, daily games and prizes.

Today, Lincoln will perform her show at 11 a.m. at the South Branch Library in Breckenridge; Wednesday, she will perform at noon at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne and at 3 p.m. at the Main Library in Frisco where librarians will host a book walk. Participants should bring a sack lunch to the North Branch Library event.

“National Library Week is a great time to see what’s new at your public library and how your librarian can direct you to the information you need when you need it,” Dierauer said.

Additionally, all Summit County libraries will host an amnesty week in which they will erase fines and lost book accounts if the patron brings in donations for the county food bank. Call the Main Branch at (970) 668-5555, South Branch at (970) 453-6098 and North Branch (970) 468-5887 to see which food items qualify.

The various contests will include a “Guess how Many Books in the Collection” and “Guess how Many Pieces of Candy in the Jar,” a Stump the Librarian contest to test the skills of local librarians, and at the North Branch, a balloon will be hidden in a book in the children’s area.

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