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News in Brief

Aspen will stick to valet parking in the evenings after its lackluster debut during the daytime last summer, the City Council agreed Monday.A private contractor offered valet service on Hopkins Avenue, outside Caribou Alley, starting at 11 a.m. for the summer. Over 2 1/2 months, the service parked an average of four cars a day, according to Tim Ware, the city’s director of parking. The operation closed several spaces on Hopkins for staging and kept another 20 open in the Rio Grande parking garage to handle valet-parked cars.”The numbers just don’t justify it,” Councilwoman Rachel Richards said.The council decided to forgo the daytime service this winter and stick to the more successful evening operation, unless Ware and Jay’s Valet, which runs the service, can come up with a daytime plan for the winter that’s what Mayor Helen Klanderud termed “irresistible.”

Removal of the Maroon Creek pedestrian bridge is under way and will require nighttime closures of Highway 82 over the Maroon Creek gorge starting Monday.Crews are disassembling the 12 pieces of the steel pedestrian span and storing them temporarily in the Maroon Creek basin area below. The work requires intermittent closures of Chatfield Trail below the bridge.Crews plan to load and haul away the bridge sections during early morning hours – from 2:15 to 5 a.m. – beginning Oct. 3, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Depending on how many sections can be hauled away during this period, the process could continue on the early mornings of Oct. 4-7 and 10. This work could also be weather-dependent. During these hours, traffic will be stopped intermittently while the bridge pieces are loaded onto trailers. The 12 separate 14-by-84-foot sections will be hoisted into position and loaded on transport trailers located on the Maroon Creek bridge. The loads will prevent traffic from passing on the highway bridge possibly for up to 45 minutes per load.

The first Woody Creek community photo is being taken at 6:15 p.m. today at the Woody Creek Store. Anyone who lives in Woody Creek is encouraged to participate in the photo.The Aspen Historical Society is sponsoring the community photo and will keep it in its files. Call the historical society at 925-3721 for more information.

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