Briefs for Oct. 7

Candidate forum to be held Monday

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With the general election fast approaching, the Snake River Citizens Against Drugs is providing an opportunity for candidates and the voters to come together for an informational session. Accordingly, Snake River CAD has reached out to town, county and state candidates with an invitation to participate in a community forum" to be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, in the Devon Energy meeting room.

The 29 candidates who returned a positive response will be available to answer questions on a variety of issues in a forum format for citizens of the Baggs, Dixon and Savery areas. The formal forum will be followed by an open question-answer session and a pie social. "All community residents need to take this opportunity to meet the candidates. This is our chance to talk to and listen to those that will be making decisions about our community," said Christy Stocks, CAD chairman.

Hospice and palliative care celebrated today

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, set for Saturday, is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world.

This year's theme, "Access to Care for All," highlights the fact that everyone has a right to high-quality, end-of-life care but that more needs to be done to enable everyone to access it.

The three aims of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day are: to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care throughout the world by creating opportunities to speak out about the issues; to raise awareness and understanding of the needs -- medical, social, practical and their families'; and to raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services around the world.

For more information or to get involved, call Hospice and Palliative Care of Northwest Colorado at 879-1632.

BLM seeks comments on drilling proposal

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment analyzing the impact of the ExxonMobile Piceance Development Project 15 miles west of Meeker.

ExxonMobile proposes expanding their natural gas drilling activities in the 28,800-acre area by up to 120 new multi-pad wells, each with as many as nine wells per pad, as well as a new gas plant, pipelines and infrastructure.

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