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Free documentary screening today at the Wheeler

Waste Free Roaring Fork, Aspen Sports and the Pitkin County Landfill will host a free screening of the documentary “Trashed: No Place for Waste,” starring Jeremy Irons. The screening will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Wheeler Opera House.

According to the movie’s website,, the film analyzes the causes and effects of the seemingly innocuous act of “taking out the garbage” while showcasing the individuals, activists, and corporate and advocacy groups working to effect change and reform the current model.

“We have very good waste-management practices in the valley,” said Jack Johnson, the head of Education and Outreach for the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center. “This movie shows how much waste we generate as a First World society. Though we deal with that very well locally, it raises awareness of how Third World countries deal with similar issues in different ways than we do.”

There also will be a free winter-sports equipment-recycling event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Thursday at Aspen Sports on Cooper Avenue, where people can drop off skis, boards and boots to be recycled. For more information, call 970-429-2885.

Help available for heating bills

Qualifying households still can apply for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program until April 30. It’s an annual program that runs November through April each winter with an increased maximum potential benefit of $1,300. The program is designed to aid in reducing household energy bills by paying a portion of the cost of home heating for qualifying, limited-income households. You also may request an application packet by calling HEAT help at 866-432-8435. Applications are due no later than April 30 and can be mailed to LEAP, P.O. Box 39200, Colorado Springs, CO 90949 or faxed to 719-633-9098.

Sign up for TSA PreCheck at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport

There’s still time to enroll in the TSA PreCheck program to ease security-checkpoint hassles. Local background checks continue this week until Friday. Go to to begin the enrollment process, and make an appointment to visit the airport this week and complete the procedure. The cost is $85 for five years of PreCheck access.

Registration available for Pitkin County Alerts

Anyone can sign up to receive critical emergency information about severe weather, wildfire threats, traffic delays, road closures and more. It’s free to sign up, and people can receive Pitkin County alerts in real time directly to landlines, cellphones and email. Date charges may apply. Sign up at http://www.pitkin


Casa Tua to hold fireworks show

Aspen’s Special Events Department has issued a neighbor notification for a fireworks event Saturday.

The private event will be hosted by Casa Tua Aspen, which is promoting it as an end-of-season celebration. The current schedule calls for a 9:30 to 9:45 p.m. fireworks display on Aspen Mountain. In the notice, the host urges neighbors to keep pets inside during the show.

For event information, contact Patsy Kurkulis at 970-274-0043 or Mark Yaeger at 828-406-5250.

— Compiled by staff writers Karl Herchenroeder and Michael McLaughlin

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