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Police now believe a 17-year-old Missouri Heights girl who has not been seen since Friday might have run away from home, her brother reported Tuesday.Dana Mytty was reported missing by her brother, Doug Mytty, who filed a missing persons report with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department before calling The Aspen Times on Monday to publicize the search for his sister.Mytty said Tuesday that, after talking with some of his sister’s friends, it now appears she was discussing the possibility of leaving the area because of anxiety about the upcoming school year.She was due to begin her junior year at Basalt High School next week but told friends she was afraid she would “get her ass kicked” if they went to school, Doug Mytty reported.Doug Mytty said his sister originally came from a small town in Minnesota and that she recently had visited family there. While there, she talked with a relative about living there should she decide to leave Colorado and was told it would be all right.Still, Doug Mytty said he remains concerned, partly because most of Dana’s clothes and other belongings are still at home in Missouri Heights.He said he is still searching for his sister and asked that anyone with any information about her call him at 704-1960.

A November ballot measure that would put funds toward the design and construction of an outdoor pool at the Aspen Recreation Center remains in limbo after the City Council was told Monday that ARC Advisory Committee members don’t necessarily favor the project.The council was scheduled to formally adopt a ballot measure asking voters to authorize the city to retain five years’ worth of excess property taxes for several purposes. One of them was the outdoor pool – an element that was envisioned when the ARC was constructed.Advisory group members, however, aren’t sure they want to lose the grassy space that currently exists and is accessible from the adjacent indoor pools, said City Manager Steve Barwick. The committee has also eyed that space to house future fitness equipment, the council was told.The council agreed to convene a special meeting at 4 p.m. Aug. 30 to wrestle with the pool issue and take final action on the ballot language, which is due at the county clerk’s office on Sept. 2.

The Aspen Art Museum’s request to place a trailer to house two offices on the museum property appeared headed for denial before the Aspen City Council agreed to continue the matter to its Sept. 12 meeting.The temporary-use permit for the trailer would allow the temporary structure for a year. The trailer, to be placed on the northwest corner of the museum building, would contain two offices while the museum finalizes plans to expand.Council members voiced concerns about how temporary the trailer would be and alluded to concerns about the museum’s future plans at the North Mill Street property, located on the Roaring Fork River. The city owns the building.”I do not like the precedent of putting a trailer on our city property … for a nebulous goal,” Councilman Jack Johnson said.Before the feisty debate was over, Councilman J.E. DeVilbiss had sharp words for Councilwoman Rachel Richards. “I resent that you want to have the last word on everything,” he said.Mayor Helen Klanderud, who was willing to support the museum’s request, halted that line of discussion and ultimately voiced displeasure over the need to rehash the trailer debate at a subsequent meeting.”I think it’s redundant and a waste of time to make everyone go through this again,” she said.