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Legislators to be quizzed about water billsAn organization that’s trying to raise awareness in the Roaring Fork Valley about water issues will quiz three state legislators Thursday about water bills that came up this year.The American Leadership Forum is hosting a meeting with state Reps. Kathleen Curry and Al White and state Sen. Jack Taylor.Taylor sponsored a controversial bill that tried to limit the amount of water that could be appropriated for something like a kayak park. The bill died but the issue is expected to be resurrected in the next session.Two other pieces of legislation that had local ties were the passing of a bill that allows for the leasing of water during times of drought and a bill that created roundtable groups to negotiate Colorado River water compacts. The meeting is from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Glenwood Community Center. The public is welcome.

Hybrid buses get the nodAspen will order three more hybrid buses for its in-town fleet at a cost of $1.8 million, the City Council agreed Tuesday.The city needs to expand its fleet in order to serve its Burlingame Ranch housing, which will be under construction this year, and various other housing developments along the Highway 82 corridor west of town. It will be a new city bus route.The city’s other option, conventional diesel buses, would be considerably cheaper – about $1 million for three of the vehicles.The hybrids run on a combination of diesel fuel and battery power, providing a quieter and more environmentally friendly operation.The new buses are due for delivery in early 2007, but the first of Aspen’s hybrid buses is scheduled to arrive in September, along with three of the buses for use in the valley by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.

Have you seen a moose?Wildlife watchers in the western half of the state can help the Colorado Division of Wildlife track moose by reporting any sightings to a local DOW office.Moose were transplanted in northern Colorado in the 1970s and in southwest Colorado in 1992. Since then, the population has increased steadily. But because the moose are solitary animals and spread out over wide areas, it is difficult for wildlife managers to track their progress. They are most interested in learning about populations in the southern and central mountains and in the Grand Mesa area.Moose have recently been released on Grand Mesa and are fitted with radio collars, enabling DOW staff to track them remotely. But wildlife managers still want to know where people see the animals. Moose are found most commonly in wetlands and thickly forested areas. If you spot a moose while you are out hiking, fishing or sightseeing, take some notes if possible. Here is the information wildlife managers need: location, GPS coordinates if possible, type of terrain, number of animals, color, gender, if they are adults or juveniles, if any have radio collars on their necks, if any have ear tags. For those carrying binoculars, try to spot the number on the ear tag.To report a sighting, call one of these DOW offices: Grand Junction, (970) 255-6100; Monte Vista, (719) 587-6900; Gunnison, (970) 641-7060; Montrose, (970) 252-6000; Durango, (970) 247-0855.

Victim of a theft? Call policeAspen police are asking anyone who has been the victim of a theft to call them.A man who was arrested recently for allegedly violating his parole on a burglary conviction had numerous items in his residence that may have been stolen, Investigator Chris Womack said. The items include tools, “tons of sunglasses” and artwork.Anyone who suspects they have had items stolen from their homes or vehicles is asked to call 920-5400.