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An early morning fire Tuesday caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to a home on Red Mountain.

Firefighters received the call at 3:15 a.m. They found the residence at 120 Red Mountain Road and an attached caretaker unit filled with smoke.

The building’s occupant had been spraying the blaze with a garden hose and “likely prevented the fire from spreading,” according to a statement from the Aspen Fire Protection District. The fire was contained in about 20 minutes.

One firefighter suffered a slight hand injury, said Fire Chief Darryl Grob. He would not comment on what sparked the fire but said the cause could be revealed today.

Aspen and Pitkin County will look into including Highway 82 over Independence Pass in the Top of the Rockies National Scenic Byway.

Local officials expressed concern Tuesday, though, about the ramifications of the designation. The spectacular pass may deserve recognition, but not if it creates pressure to widen narrow sections of the pass or keep it open in the winter, said Mayor Helen Klanderud.

Drawing increased traffic over the pass, given the white-knuckle nature of the drive, was also a concern, but no one seemed sure whether that would be the result of designating it as a scenic byway.

“Would it lead the wrong people ” that flatlander ” up there?” mused Jack Hatfield, a Pitkin County commissioner. Motorists who don’t know what they’re getting themselves into could decide to drive over the dicey pass because it’s mapped as a scenic byway, Hatfield said.

Currently, the official byway ends in Twin Lakes, right before westbound motorists head up the 12,095-foot pass toward Aspen.

“I do want to see it designated for what it is,” Klanderud said. “It is truly one of the most spectacular drives in the state of Colorado.”

The Federal Communication Commission has ordered the following changes to the Pitkin County Translator system:

– KVOV (Colorado Public Radio) can now be found in Aspen at 102.7FM.

– KVRV ” The River ” is off the Pitkin County translator system until further notice.

The translator department will work to restore KVRV on another frequency, according to a news release from Pitkin County. The FCC licensing process could take up to a year.

Contact Renee with the Pitkin County FM and TV Translator Department at (970) 920-5395 with any questions or concerns.


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