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News in Brief

A 43-year-old woman was found dead in her residence at the Beaumont Inn on Thursday.The woman’s name was not released pending notification of next of kin. Little was known about how she died. Dr. Steve Ayers, Pitkin County coroner, said his investigation was in its preliminary stages and he was not sure if foul play was involved.”There’s nothing obvious, one way or the other,” he said.An autopsy is scheduled.The woman was found at 11:15 a.m. by friends or neighbors who kicked down the door. She had been dead for some time.Aspen Valley Hospital owns the inn and uses it to house employees.

Aspen police are looking into a suspected burglary and theft at The Aspen Club early Wednesday, although not much information was being released.According to Assistant Police Chief Glenn Schaffer, someone apparently heaved a rock through a window at the club late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, “but we’re not sure they [the burglar or burglars] used that window to get in.” He said “some electronics” were taken and that a detective was working on the case as of Wednesday afternoon. He said more information would be available at a later time.

A significant pile of landscape-quality wood chips has accumulated at the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center, and officials there hope to pass them along to eager gardeners at no charge. “These are of higher quality than normal because local landscaping companies have been bringing us the chips they haven’t used this summer,” said Landfill Compliance and Outreach Coordinator Dylan Hoffman. “They are fairly consistent in size and color, and would make nice mulch and border material,” he said.During September and October, anyone interested may visit the Solid Waste Center at no charge and pick up as much of the material as they can haul away. For more information, call the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center at 923-3487

Utility work will reduce Horse Ranch Drive in Snowmass Village to one lane next week.Weitz Construction, the town’s contractor, will be cutting three trenches into the road. The project begins Monday; there will be one lane of traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.The cuts are to provide utility and water lines to the Snowmass entryway project. For more information, contact the town’s Public Works Department at 923-5110.

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