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News in Brief

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – A trail connection from the city of Aspen’s sidewalk system to Pitkin County’s East of Aspen Trail has been completed.

The connector, at three-quarters of a mile, is an 8-foot-wide asphalt multi-use trail along Highway 82 and continues on to become a 6-foot-wide soft surface trail along Stillwater Drive, the city said in a news release.

“Completing this trail was an essential piece of making the Aspen trail system contiguous and user-friendly,” said Austin Weiss, city trails coordinator. “Not only is it seamless, but it’s beautiful. Someone can ride all the way from Aspen almost all the way to the Difficult Campground and never have to worry about traffic.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Anderson Park, 1101 E. Cooper Ave., next to the Cooper Avenue bridge. City and county officials and employees will be celebrating with food and drink. The public is invited.

The city’s Open Space and Trails Board had identified the trail linkage as one of its highest connection priorities. It provides a link straight from town to the James H. Smith and Northstar open space parcels.

ASPEN – The summer deadline is approaching for Aspen Valley Hospital employees and individuals pursuing health careers to apply for Aspen Valley Medical Foundation scholarships for the fall semester. Applications must be submitted by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

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The scholarship program provides assistance with tuition and other expenses for undergraduate or graduate degree programs, conferences, workshops, seminars and trainings for Roaring Fork Valley residents.

“So far this year the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation has helped 34 individuals with scholarships to pursue health careers,” said Cristina Gair, AVMF program officer.

Applications are reviewed for consideration by AVMF’s education committee. In 2010 the AVMF awarded $80,000 to health care professionals for educational opportunities.

Interested applicants should go to avmfaspen.org and download an application. If you have questions, call Cristina Gair at (970) 544-7375 or email cgair@avmfaspen.org.

ASPEN – The Aspen Hope Center was awarded a grant of $20,073 this week as part of a program funded by the Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Council and UnitedHealthcare.

The Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Program was established in August 2007 and funded with $7.5 million from UnitedHealthcare. The grants are being distributed over six years. The project has awarded grant recipients $5,000 to $50,000 to encourage their work. The grants support health information technology, facility improvement, equipment and training.

“As we continue toward our goal of providing access to high quality, affordable health care to all Coloradans, it is critical that we support our rural communities,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement. “These investments will have a significant impact on care and on people’s lives from Julesburg to Durango.”

The Aspen Hope Center opened its doors on June 1, 2010, serving 607 clients in its first year of operation, providing immediate crisis intervention and acting as a referral agency for mental-health services.

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