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News in Brief

Malfunctioning plane lands safelyA United Express flight experiencing mechanical trouble returned to Sardy Field on Wednesday afternoon and landed without incident.Local emergency response teams were summoned to the runway about noon, just in case, when Flight 7055 reported trouble with its hydraulic system shortly after departing for Denver.The 37-seat DeHavilland DHC-8 turboprop touched down safely at 12:15 p.m. There were no injuries among the 29 passengers and crew, according to a news release issued by the airport. The aircraft was operated for United by Mesa Airlines.After the landing, passengers remained on the aircraft, which was towed off the runway to the passenger terminal.

Wednesday dinners canceledLow turnout has forced the Aspen Skiing Co. to cancel the remainder of its Wednesday sunset dinners at the Sundeck on Aspen Mountain.The event had featured live music and a chance to order dinner from the Sundeck menu or just kick back with a drink, but it faced stiff competition with everything else going on in Aspen during the summertime, said Jeff Hanle, Skico spokesman. Last night’s scheduled event did not take place.The Full-Moon Mountain Party at the Sundeck is still on for Friday night, however, and another is scheduled Aug. 19.

Wheeler’s top post attracts interestRoughly 100 people have applied for the executive director post at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House, according to Randy Ready, assistant city manager.The city is hoping to interview up to five candidates this week and next, he said.Former Director Nida Tautvydas resigned effective July 22 and the City Council has adopted a consultant’s recommendation to split the job into two positions – a director who acts as an ambassador to arts groups and an operations manager to oversee day-to-day operations and maintenance.The city hopes to have a new director on board by fall; the director will then help select the newly created post of operations manager.

Airport to take Burlingame dirtThe quandary over what to do with some 40,000 cubic yards of excess topsoil at Aspen’s Burlingame Ranch housing site has been resolved.The city has been letting dump trucks come get it for free but couldn’t expect to clear the site of that much excess dirt a truck at a time. The city’s golf course is taking some and the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport has offered to take the bulk of it, with one catch: The city has to transport it over, grade it and seed it at no charge to the airport. The dirt will be stockpiled for future use at the airport.The city’s parks fund will reimburse the housing fund $100,000 for the dirt going to the golf course, but the housing fund will have to shell out some $400,000 to haul the rest of the soil to the airport.

No phones, electricity at Public WorksNumerous departments of Pitkin County Public Works will be without phones or electricity on Friday.The departments include Road & Bridge, Assets, Project Management, Transportation, Land Management, Translator, Fleet, Open Space & Trails and Maintenance. The offices at 76 Service Center Road will remain open for customers. If the public needs to contact someone by telephone they are asked to call the administrative cell phone at 618-8529.

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