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The driver of a dump truck had to be extricated after the vehicle rolled Thursday at a construction site on Upper Cattle Creek Road, according to the Basalt Fire Department.The accident occurred about 4:20 p.m., when the shoulder of a road to the construction site apparently collapsed, according to fire department spokesman Jerry Peetz. The site was near Spring Park Reservoir.The dump truck rolled onto the driver’s side, landing in an awkward position with the driver on the downhill side and resting against oak brush, Peetz said. The positioning didn’t allow the driver to exit the cab or risk moving much, according to Peetz. A crew from the fire department had to stabilize the vehicle before cutting off the back of the cab, cutting the seat and removing the driver.The driver was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. Peetz couldn’t disclose his condition because of state privacy laws.

Linda Gerdenich, director of community relations and communications for the city of Aspen, is stepping down to take a job in public relations with Aspen-based Sport Obermeyer.Her resignation is effective early next month.Gerdenich, in the city post for more than five years, has been involved in various local programs, including Sister Cities and the Aspen Youth Council. She also produced and hosted City Vues, airing on the community government TV channel.”I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the city,” she said.Her most memorable accomplishment she said, was coordinating the Olympic Torch Relay through Aspen in 2002 and being chosen as one of the torch bearers.

Aspen’s branch of Bath & Body Works is set to close at the end of this month, according to a representative at its parent company, Limited Brands.The shop of soaps and lotions will close on Sept. 30, vacating its location in the Bidwell building on the Cooper Avenue mall. The shop has been in Aspen since July 2000.The lease on the space is going to expire at the end of this month, and the company chose not to renew it, said Melissa Redecker, in media relations with Limited Brands. The company had no further comment about the closing of the store, she said.


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