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Pitkin County commissioners are recruiting candidates for the Clerk and Recorder’s position being vacated by Silvia Davis who held the position for 19 years. Commissioners must appoint an individual to serve the remainder of the current term, ending in January 2007. The Clerk and Recorder’s office oversees elections, recording of real estate transactions, preparation of county commissioner minutes and record management, motor vehicle titles and registrations, liquor licenses and marriage licenses.”It won’t be easy to fill Silvia’s shoes,” said Board of County Commissioners Chairwoman Patti Clapper. “We’re looking for someone who has a strong desire for public service, who is also a good manager and highly organized.”The annual salary for the position, per the Colorado Revised Statutes, is $72,057.44 and applicants must be Pitkin County residents. Call 429-2791 for more information about qualifications for this position.To apply on line log on to, or apply in person or by mail at Pitkin County Human Resources, 530 East Main St. Suite 202, Aspen, CO 81611. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on August 12.

Wildland fires were burning on at least 3,715 acres in Colorado on Friday, according to the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center in Denver. The figure includes “wildland fire use fires,” which are managed for ecological restoration. At least 27 new fires were reported in the state on Thursday, burning a total of 795 acres. All were contained on initial attack. Listed below are some of the larger fires.Sager II FIreStarted: July 28Location: 5 miles east of Greystone in Moffat CountySize: 160 acresContainment: 100 percent containedDamage: noneOn scene: Four enginesCause: LightningCost: No cost availableCommissary fireStarted: July 22.Location: 22 miles west of Gunnison.Size: 127 acres.Containment: No estimate available, trying to use natural barriers.Damage: None. Commissary campground is closed due to proximity of fire and firefighters needing use of the area. Forest Service Road 721 is closed North of the Soap Creek Campground. Visitors to Soap Creek should watch out for firefighters and their equipment. No structures are threatened. Commisary campground is closed.On scene: 13 people, one helicopter.Cause: Lightning.Cost: No cost available.Pack Trail fireStarted: July 7.Location: 10 miles west of Meeker.Size: 3,248 acres.Containment: Fire is being managed for ecological restoration.Damage: None.On scene: 35 people, one helicopter.Cause: Lightning.Cost: $560,617.Buck Park 2 fireStarted: July 7Location: 25 miles west of Saguache in the Rio Grande National Forest.Size: 103 acres.Containment: Fire is being managed for ecological restoration.Damage: None.On Scene: 2 people.Cause: Lightning.Cost: $33,000.Benny fireStarted: July 20Location: 20 miles west of Saguache (near the Buck Park 2 Fire)Size: 77 acres.Containment: Fire is being managed for ecological restoration.Damage: None.On Scene: Fire is being managed jointly with the Buck Park 2 fire.Cause: Lightning.Cost: Joint cost with Buck Park 2 fire.

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