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Google survey coming to Aspen Times

On Wednesday, readers of The Aspen Times website will see a modest change. The Times has entered into an agreement with Google to include consumer surveys on the site.

The process is simple: When you click on an article, Google will ask you a basic question. There are no wrong answers. Two clicks, and you’re done for the next 24 hours. To be clear, you don’t have to answer a question every time you access an article. Just once a day.

In answer to why the Times is doing this, the reason is that unlike many other paid newspapers, we are structuring our website not to have a paywall and to remain available to all readers. In lieu of charging readers, we have chosen to partner with Google to help offset our costs.

Independence Pass

Weller lot to be closed for next seven weeks

The Weller Lake Trailhead parking lot will be closed for seven weeks effective immediately as part of the relocation and reconstruction of the Weller Trail Bridge, the U.S. Forest Service announced Monday.

The parking lot and new bridge are expected to open in September. The new bridge will be constructed adjacent to the parking lot. The parking lot is needed as staging for the project.

The existing bridge, one-quarter mile upstream, will remain open during the construction, but parking is extremely limited to a few spots along Highway 82.

Weller Lake Trail is about six miles east of Aspen.


City receives award for electricity plan

The city of Aspen has received an award from the Public Technology Institute for its Energy Assurance Plan, which provides an outline of how better to deal with electricity emergencies and outages.

The institute gave the city a Technology Solutions Award in the category of sustainability for population markets of fewer than 100,000. While Aspen already had an Emergency Response Plan, which addresses some aspects of electricity-service continuation, revisions were needed to create a strong Energy Assurance Plan, the city said in a statement.

Aspen Electric, the city’s electricity utility, serves more than 2,800 total electric customers and is responsible for providing them with reliable, efficient electricity. The award was presented in late June during an event in Alexandria, Va.

For a full list of winners, visit and click “2012-2013 Technology Solutions Awards.”

Rubey Park open house will be held on Wednesday

The city of Aspen’s Transportation Department wants public input on how to improve the Rubey Park transit center.

Riders, neighboring businesses and residents and other transportation users are invited to share their thoughts on the current conditions and needs of Rubey Park at a public open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the transit center at the corner of South Galena Street and Durant Avenue in Aspen. Comments and feedback will be used to help inform a design solution to improve the aging facility.

To provide feedback online, visit and click on “Rubey Park Remodel.”

El Jebel

New commissioner to meet residents Wednesday

New Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry will hold a meet-and-greet in El Jebel from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Los Cazadores restaurant.

Chandler-Henry was appointed last month to fill a vacancy. She was sworn in July 2. The Democrat replaces Jon Stavney, who resigned to take a position as Eagle town manager. Chandler-Henry was selected by a committee appointed by the Eagle County Democratic Party. Stavney was a Democrat, so the party picked his replacement.

Los Cazadores is in the El Jebel Plaza next to Breakfast in America. The public is invited to tell Chandler- Henry about its concerns.


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