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News in Brief

Removal of the Maroon Creek pedestrian bridge has been rescheduled to begin during the week of Sept. 26 instead of starting today, as originally expected.When crews are ready to load and haul away the bridge sections sometime in early October, it will require intermittent nighttime traffic stops on the adjacent highway bridge. Between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. on the yet-to-be-announced night, traffic will be stopped 12 times while pieces of the pedestrian bridge are loaded onto trailers.

Snowmass Village raised nearly $2,000 toward the Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts in New Orleans during last weekend’s 30th anniversary Snowmass Balloon Festival.Donations came from the sales of commemorative pins, posters and other hot-air balloon merchandise, along with cash donations directly to the Red Cross truck on site all day Saturday.The festival saw the largest turnout in its history, with an estimated 2,000 people attending the three days.Commemorative posters of the festival are still available for $10 at the town clerk’s office in the Snowmass Center. The proceeds will go to the Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts. (Buyers should bring the exact amount or write a check.)

The first of this year’s Aspen Youth Center educational series, a talk by author Rosalind Wiseman, will take place at the Aspen District Theater at 6 p.m. Thursday.Wiseman’s best-selling book, “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” was adapted to the silver screen last year as “Mean Girls.”According to a statement the youth center provided, “Wiseman cuts right through the hormone-riddled halls of junior high and offers parents and students alike real solutions to surviving cliques, gossip, boyfriends and other realities of adolescence.”Wiseman has been working with kids from Aspen and Basalt middle schools, and will be at a book signing starting at 5:30 p.m. today at Town Centre Booksellers in Basalt.The second event of the education series will be a talk on Oct. 19 by Martha Kaufeldt, author of “Begin with the Brain,” on how developmental changes in the brain affect learning and behavior among youths. She also will address the “impacts of violence in our society on development,” according to the youth center.Tickets to the events are $15 apiece, or $25 for both events.

The Aspen School District is inviting interested members of the community to a series of informational meetings on the Aspen School District ballot issues.The district is asking voters to approve two tax questions in November.One would authorize the sale of $33 million in bonds, with a repayment cost of up to $58.8 million, to pay for replacing the aging Aspen Middle School building and making repairs and upgrades to the Aspen Elementary School.The other question, a mill levy override, is intended to give the district an additional $700,000 a year in income for operating costs.The meetings will be: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Aspen Middle School 10 a.m. Sept. 29 at Aspen Middle School 10 a.m. Oct. 7 at Aspen Elementary School 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Aspen High School 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Aspen Elementary School 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at Aspen High School 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Aspen Middle SchoolThe election is Nov. 1.

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