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The public is invited to join a free weed walk through Snowmass Village on Tuesday. The walk will include experts pointing out the weed species in this area that threaten native plants and should be killed.Anyone who would like to participate should meet in the village’s rodeo lot at 11 a.m., where they will board a bus for a tour through the town. The weed walk is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a free barbecue afterward.This event is sponsored by the Colorado Weed Management Association’s Invasive Ornamental Committee, and the town of Snowmass Village and Pitkin County Weed Advisory Board.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is seeking applications from landowners in the area that includes Aspen to help advise big-game issues.The wildlife division has two vacancies on the Lower Colorado River Habitat Partnership Program committee. The board tries to reduce crop, rangeland forage and fence conflicts between big game animals and livestock.Applicants can represent interests from Rifle to Vail Pass and from Aspen to the Flat Top Wilderness. The committee generally meets six to eight times per year to discuss proposals. An emphasis is on building partnerships between landowners, ranchers, sportsmen and the wildlife division.In the past three years, the program has allocated more than $400,000 to projects. Major projects include water developments, fence repair and construction, weed control and habitat improvement projects.For more information, contact the DOW Glenwood Springs office at (970) 947-2920. Landowners interested in serving on the committee should submit a letter of interest by 5 p.m. July 22 to Pat Tucker, DOW Area Wildlife Manager, 50633 Highway 6 & 24, Glenwood Springs, 81601.

Denver-based Colorado Baggage Co. has acquired The Baggage Claim and Pen Perfecto from the downtown Aspen store’s local owners, but it was a friendly takeover.Karen and Kent Woodard have sold the Galena Street business to longtime friend Pete Paradise, CEO and founder of Colorado Baggage.”We certainly want to keep the local flavor,” Paradise said Thursday.The new owners will keep the shop’s staff but expand its line of baggage and fine writing instruments. “We’re familiar with all the lines that are here – we buy many of the same lines,” Paradise said.After a planned remodeling of the shop, its name will change to reflect the new ownership. It will become the latest Colorado Baggage Co. outlet, joining 10 others around the state. Aspen will be the company’s first resort locale. Inside will be a Paradise Pen boutique; there are already 22 of them around the country.

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