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Three arrested for burglary; another soughtA man and two juveniles have been arrested in connection with the burglary of an Aspen restaurant last month, and police are seeking another man who allegedly also took part.Carlos Henriquez Guevara, 20, of El Jebel, and one of the underage suspects were arrested Wednesday night. The other juvenile was arrested Thursday morning.Javier Ernesto Carrasco, 23, remains at large, police officer Eric Ross of the Aspen Police Department said.The four allegedly jimmied some windows and a rear door to get into Jimmy’s Restaurant early on June 20. They took several thousand dollars in cash, along with checks, receipts, a stereo and several bottles of liquor, Ross said.The cash has not been found, but the stereo and most of the liquor has been recovered.Guevara and one of the juveniles are charged with second-degree burglary and felony theft. The other juvenile is charged with felony theft. Carrasco is wanted on two charges of burglary and one count of felony theft.Guevara remained in Pitkin County Jail yesterday on $10,000 bond. He and one of the underage suspects made their first court appearances Thursday afternoon.
Lawmakers to stump for TABOR reformColorado state Sen. Ken Gordon and state Rep. Kathleen Curry, both Democrats, will be at the Sardy House today to speak about and raise money in support of Referendums C and D, scheduled to be on the state ballot in November.The two referenda are aimed at reforming the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR law, which limits the government’s ability to raise tax rates.Referendum C asks voters to temporarily override the existing TABOR tax-limiting formula, allowing the state to keep and spend revenues collected over the amount allowed by TABOR over the next five years.Referendum D asks voters to approve the sale of bonds for such programs as transportation, educational construction projects, higher education and pensions for emergency personnel.Gordon, representing District 35, is the Senate majority leader, and Curry is a freshman representative elected last year to represent District 61 on the Western Slope, which includes the Roaring Fork River valley.The event will begin at 5 p.m. at the Sardy House, 128 E. Main St. in Aspen.
Copper Bowl closed to hikersThe replacement of snowmaking pipe on Aspen Mountain has forced the closure of Copper Bowl to hikers until further notice.Also, Bingo and Spar Gulch are closed Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hikers are welcome there on weekends, when there will be no construction.The Aspen Skiing Co. is suggesting hikers use the Ute Trail on the Gent’s Ridge side to access the mountain.
Lane closures in I-70 tunnelWork to upgrade the lighting in the No Name Tunnel on Interstate 70, east of Glenwood Springs, will mean lane closures and reduced speed limits until late this year.The lighting project will be complete by Dec. 1. Work hours are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with weekend work or extended hours on an as-needed basis. Reduced speed limits and single-lane closures will be in effect both eastbound and westbound throughout the duration of the project. Width restrictions will be in place during the construction – loads over 14 feet wide will not be permitted.
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