Jul 10, 2013 4:13 PM by Juice Godfrey

Environmental groups oppose alabaster mining

CARBONDALE, Colo. (AP) - A Carbondale environmental group and a Denver law firm are appealing a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to permit alabaster mining in Avalanche Creek south of Carbondale.

The appeal filed Monday challenges Forest Service approvals issued in May that were based on an 1872 mining law.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent says opponents claim the law now bars mining minerals used for artwork, which is a major mine attraction.


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Falcon school fights to save student's life

FALCON- Aden Knar, a third grade student at Falcon Virtual Academy, is in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant. His school, Falcon Virtual Academy, will host a bone marrow donor drive tomorrow to help find a match Aden. Knar, 10, was diagnosed at age 4 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and entered remission in 2008. In November 2013, the Knar family learned that the leukemia had returned, and is now isolated in his bone marrow. In an outreach of support, Falcon Virtual Academy hosted a bone marrow donor drive in January, and will be hosting another tomorrow from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 6113 Constitution Ave., directly west of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. "We wanted to reach out to the family again," said Jodi Fletcher, assistant principal. Fletcher explained that more than 250 people participated in the January drive, and she hopes to have similar numbers April 19. The money from a bake sale at the drive, and a portion of the proceeds raised from a spring formal...

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