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News in Brief

An unidentified woman was missing Tuesday evening after she became separated from her boyfriend while hiking near Hunter Creek.Mountain Rescue Aspen teams were searching for her into the night. The two had apparently gotten lost in the area, a popular spot for hikers and mountain bikers, and separated. The boyfriend apparently alerted authorities.An emergency dispatcher said no one from the rescue group or the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office was available to comment Tuesday night.

An arrest warrant was filed Tuesday for a man who allegedly broke a youth’s jaw and stabbed another youth in the eye with a large file.Details were limited because the man has not been arrested. The incident occurred during a party several weeks ago at Dinkle Lake, a popular camping spot and an access point for hikers going up Mount Sopris.The man, described by Marie Munday of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office as a transient, is being sought for first- and second-degree assault.The youth who was injured in the eye was not seriously hurt, but the other victim’s jaw is still wired shut, Munday said.

A 1-cent sales tax slated for parks and recreation improvements throughout Rifle overwhelmingly passed, 878 to 370, in a municipal election Tuesday night.City officials and council members celebrated at the Brickyard Square restaurant after hearing the results shortly after 7 p.m.”This shows that we have a changing community that’s interested in improving our parks and recreation,” said a jubilant Mayor Keith Lambert. “This was a ballot issue that addressed a wide range of people, from youth to seniors. I think the voters are going to help us make a real difference in the community.”The passage of the sales tax means the Metropolitan Parks District will dissolve by Dec. 31, and a Parks and Recreation Commission will be formed on Jan. 1, which will oversee the funds and use them for projects such as upkeep of the public pool at Metro Park and various parks and recreation programs throughout the city.A mill levy currently on property owners by the Metro Parks District will cease, and all those who shop and use services in Rifle will pay a sales tax increase. The idea was Lambert’s; he served a number of years on the Metro Parks and Recreation Board.The Committee for Better Parks and Quality Recreation, which spearheaded the passage of the sales tax, has pledged that the funds will go strictly to improvements for parks and recreation.

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