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Special to the Daily Ben Knight's "The Hatch," focuses on the importance of insects to the ecosystem in Colorado's Black Canyon of the Gunnison. "The Hatch" will be shown at a film festival this weekend in Beaver Creek.

EAGLE COUNTY The Nov. 1 election in Eagle County will be done only by mail.Ballots will be mailed between Oct. 7 and Oct. 17 to everyone on the countys active voter lists. Ballots the Post Office cant deliver will be returned to the Clerk and Recorders office in Eagle. Voters who do not receive ballots can call the clerks office. Requests for absentee ballots can be picked up at the clerks offices in Avon, Eagle and El Jebel or online at eaglecounty.us/clerk. Spanish translations are also available. Completed ballots must be returned to the Clerk and Recorders office no later than 7 p.m. on Nov. 1. Voters can return their ballots by mail, or bring them to one of the three clerks offices. All offices are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day.The last day to register to vote this falls election is Oct. 3. Voters who are already registered but have moved or changed mailing addresses must update their records by Oct. 3. For more information call 328-8728.

BEAVER CREEK – Sustainability and survival are the themes of the 2005 Beaver Creek Film Festival at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek, Friday and Saturday.An assortment of films from the Telluride MOUNTAINFILM Festival will be shown. Adventure, wildlife and conservation are among the subjects represented in over 10 hours of screenings and 30 films. The two-day event will be hosted by Telluride poet and author Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.Filmmaker Carol L. Fleisher, who has won two Emmy Awards and a CableAce Award for best documentary, will discuss her film, “Papa Bear,” which features New Hampshire naturalist Ben Kilham, who studies orphaned black bears. Telluride filmmaker Ben Knight will talk about “The Hatch,” which chronicles the insect hatch in Colorado’s Black Canyon of the Gunnison.The award-winning documentary, “Daughters of Everest,” will be among the featured films of the festival. The documentary follows the first-ever expedition of Sherpa women to climb Mount Everest.

Actress Kristin Scott Thomas narrates “The Monkey Prince,” the latest film from filmmaker Frederic Fougea. The film shows the family and territorial wars of two families of monkeys.Admission to the festival films is $25 for an all-weekend screening pass or $8 for each two-hour screening session. The Kick-Off Reception at the Beaver Creek Chop House on Friday is $35 and the Filmmaker Picnic and Hike on Saturday is $20. For reservations or more information, please call the Vail Symposium at 970-476-0954 or visit, http://www.vailsymposium.org.

EAGLE COUNTY – The Eagle County Master Gardener Program is holding a bulb sale and fund-raiser through Sept. 22 to raise money for its outreach projects.There are four bulb collections offered, three of which are deer resistant. In conjunction with the sale, a free class – “Bulbs in the Rocky Mountain Garden,” is being offered at the Eagle Library, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sept. 22. The class is taught by Cheryl Phillips, owner of Earth Songs Gardening.The master gardener program is a part of the Colorado State University Extension, which conducts various classes throughout the year.For more information on the bulb sale or to sign up for the free class, contact the Eagle County Extension Office at 328-8630 or eagle@coop.ext.colostate.edu.

BEAVER CREEK – The Dusty Book Steakhouse & Saloon will donate all proceeds from dinner Wednesday night, and then match the amount, to multiple sclerosis programs at Edwards’ Heuga Center.The Heuga Center is a national nonprofit organization that tries to help multiple sclerosis sufferers remain active. For more information call The Heuga Center at 926-1290 or the Dusty Boot Saloon, 748-1146.Vail, Colorado