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News in Brief

The exit and entrance ramps on Interstate 70 at Hanging Lake will be temporarily closed, starting today, while Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance crews mill and pave the section of I-70 at mile marker 125 – just west of the Hanging Lake Tunnel.That section was damaged by a rock slide in Glenwood Canyon last November. Work in the canyon will be a brief, two-day operation but will require temporary closures of the ramps to the Hanging Lake Rest Area at exit 125. Today, crews will mill and pave the eastbound lanes during daylight hours; motorists will encounter single-lane traffic and a morning closure of the eastbound off-ramp to the rest area for about two hours.On Thursday, the westbound lanes will be milled and paved, causing single-lane closures with an afternoon, two-hour closure of the westbound I-70 on-ramp (from the Hanging Lake Rest Area).

The little-publicized unofficial opening of the Aspen Ideas Festival comes Thursday, when a panel of three theater experts provides a behind-the-scenes look at the decisions and work that goes into a major production.As part of the run-up to next week’s visit by The Shakespeare Theatre, Julia Hansen, former president of the Drama League of New York; Mike Curry, production manger at The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, D.C.; and Jef Hall-Flavin, associate director of The Shakespeare Theatre, will hold a discussion titled “The Art of Making Theatre.”The panel is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at Paepcke Auditorium. There is no charge for admission. The Shakespeare Theatre’s performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is scheduled for July 6-10 at the Aspen Community Theater.For tickets to the shows, call 920-5770. For reservations to the masters sessions on acting on July 2 (adults) and July 6 (children) taught by members of The Shakespeare Theatre, call 1-877-487-8849 or e-mail education@shakespearedc.org.

A project that has created an uproar in a neighborhood of Missouri Heights appears headed toward approval by the Eagle County commissioners.The board didn’t take formal action Tuesday on an application by Alexander and Laura Kim for a home business, but two of the three commissioners indicated they will approve the structure with conditions, according to commission Chairman Arn Menconi.The Kims want to build a home with a commercial kitchen for a catering business about one mile north of El Jebel in the Mountain Meadow Ranch subdivision.Neighbors have objected that the proposed structure was too ugly to be located at the entrance to Missouri Heights. Some claimed in a public hearing that it wouldn’t even fit in at the various business parks in Basalt.The public hearing was held in El Jebel. The commissioners reconvened to discuss the project at the county seat in Eagle.Menconi said he and Commissioner Peter Runyon indicated they could support the project if there were strict limits on hours of operation, there was an annual review of a special-use permit for the home business, there was adequate landscaping to shield the structure, and there was an understanding that the permit for the catering business would disappear if the property is sold.Commissioner Tom Stone didn’t think the conditions went far enough, according to Menconi. A formal vote was delayed until next week.

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