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The La Cocina restaurant property sold for $4 million, according to documents filed Friday with the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder.JW Ventures LCC purchased the Hopkins Avenue property from longtime La Cocina owners Nick and Sarah Lebby, who ran the popular restaurant for more than three decades. La Cocina was swamped with regulars who paid one last visit to the establishment in the weeks before it closed in September.Walt Harris, owner of local restaurant Syzygy, is among the investors in the property.Harris was not available Monday for comment on his plans for the space.

Pitkin County Road and Bridge crews are expected to finish work this week on West Sopris Creek Road, and turn their attention for the next couple of days to East Sopris Creek Road.The crews have been cleaning and installing culverts, and the work at times necessitates restriction of travel to one lane.The work is expected to be finished on Oct. 6. For information, call the Road & Bridge Department at 920-5390.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Vail Mountain Rescue Group have fielded many questions about the halting of the search for a missing hiker, Capt. Bill Kaufman said Monday. “After hundreds of members of trained search and rescue teams, hundreds of family, friends and concerned Coloradans scoured areas of significant probability that [Michelle] Vanek would be, but also remote areas of lesser possibility, it was determined that the search for Ms. Vanek would be suspended,” he said. Vanek, a 35-year-old mother of four from Lakewood in suburban Denver, was last seen just below the summit of the 14,005-foot Mount Of The Holy Cross on Sept. 24, when she became separated from her hiking partner, who had continued to the top of the peak.Professional rescue crews and volunteers looked for Vanek for eight days but found no trace of her. Saturday night, Kaufman said authorities had determined further searches were unlikely to locate Vanek. Vail Mountain Rescue Group will review its notes from the search to decide if any further efforts are necessary, Kaufman added. Anyone who wants to continue the search on their own should take the following steps, the sheriff’s office advised: Tell someone where you’re going, when you enter and your estimated return time, and any changes from your original plans. Searchers finding any signs of Vanek should notify the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office of the location and not disturb the scene. (From the Vail Daily)

As part of the continuing construction on the Town of Snowmass Community Pool, utility work will take place within the roadways in two locations this week, as well as the week of Oct. 10 through Oct. 14. Electric lines will be installed across Brush Creek Road near its intersection with Horse Ranch Drive. Single-lane closures will be in effect, and traffic control will be in place during construction. Contractors for Kinder Morgan will install a gasline along the shoulder of Horse Ranch Drive between Brush Creek Road and Rodeo Road. Limited lane closures will be in effect during this construction. Drivers are asked to use caution while traveling through these areas.

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