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News in Brief

City to ask for excess taxesAspen will ask city voters for permission to keep five years of excess property taxes to spend on various capital projects, including an outdoor pool of some sort.The City Council approved the ballot language Tuesday for the Nov. 1 election.The measure is expected to generate $2.5 million to $3 million over five years, to be allocated to the purchase of alternative-fuel buses, stormwater drainage improvements, sidewalk/trail improvements, and the design and construction of an outdoor pool at the Aspen Recreation Center.What that pool might look like was the topic of some debate last night. Council members wrestled with whether to call it a pool or group of “outdoor aquatic elements.””We don’t see the room for a big lap pool out there, or a diving well, or things like that,” said Scott Writer, chairman of the ARC Advisory Committee.”I don’t want two Jacuzzis and a waterfall. I think a pool is important,” countered Councilman Torre.Ultimately, the council agreed “pool” is an all-inclusive term that will accommodate whatever is designed for the grassy space outside the two indoor pools at the ARC.Authorities locate missing teenA missing 17-year-old Missouri Heights teen, Dana Mytty, has been located in Orono, Minn., according to a statement from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department.”Dana is safe and waiting to be reunited with her family,” stated a news release from the sheriff’s office.She reportedly was found after a “tipster” called the county’s Crime Stopper phone number on Aug. 28, leading to a search for Mytty in the communities of Spring Park, Minn., and Orono by the police departments in both towns.The Eagle County Sheriff’s Department is now reviewing the case to determine the amount of a reward that might be due to the tipster, who was not identified.Community picnic this afternoonThe annual Aspen Community Picnic will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today in Paepcke Park.Aspen City Council members will serve burgers and hot dogs, along with potato salad, watermelon, lemonade and iced tea. Elizabeth Willis will provide music. Local nonprofit groups will have information displays.Local photographer Dan Bayer will take the 2005 Community Portrait at 6:30 p.m. New babies born in 2005 and their parents will occupy the first spot sitting on the lawn. Next will be seniors 80 and older. Next, the old and the new will be arranged by decades according to the year they arrived in Aspen.Color 8-by-10 photos may be ordered on-site, with proceeds benefiting the Aspen Historical Society.In keeping with the new Canary Initiative, the city designates this year’s picnic as car-free. Alternate transportation attendees are eligible for prizes, including an iPod.For more information on the picnic, call 429-2093.