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News in Brief

Highway 82 over Independence Pass was closed for a few hours Wednesday after wet snow knocked down trees and at least one power pole, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.The route east of town isn’t closed for the season yet, though, said Greg Sullivan, CDOT maintenance supervisor. Crews were reporting about eight inches of snow on the pass Wednesday, while it drizzled in downtown Aspen.The 12,095-foot pass is scheduled to close for the winter on Nov. 7, unless weather conditions force CDOT to lock the gates early.”It could close at any time, but it’s not going to be today,” Sullivan said Wednesday.

The Snowmass Sun, GrassRoots TV and Anderson Ranch are sponsoring a free, public election forum on Snowmass Village ballot questions today.Mediators are Madeleine Osberger, editor and general manager of the Snowmass Sun, and Snowmass Sun columnist Johnny Boyd.The mediators will field questions from the audience on the three Snowmass Village ballot questions: Referendum 2A (lodging tax), Referendum 2B (Town Hall bond issue) and Referendum 2C (recreation bond issue).The public is invited to comment either in support or against the ballot questions from 5:307 p.m. today at Schermer Meeting Hall on the Anderson Ranch Arts Center campus.GrassRoots TV, Channel 12, will rebroadcast the forum on local cable.For more information, call GrassRoots TV at 925-8000.

The publisher and editor of The Aspen Times are asking again what you think about the paper. How is our news coverage? Are we missing anything? What would you like to see in our pages?At 9:30 a.m. Monday at Main Street Bakery, Publisher Jenna Weatherred and Editor Bob Ward invite the public to enjoy a cup of coffee and talk about The Aspen Times and its role in the community. The Times will pay for coffee and cinnamon rolls.This is the second of three informal gatherings during the fall offseason, so there will be one more opportunity for those who can’t make it this time. The Times will run announcements and advertisements about the next meeting.

The Roaring Fork Re-1 School District is inviting the community to two Nov. 1 groundbreaking ceremonies for two school construction projects starting in Carbondale.A ceremony at 10:45 a.m. will officially start work on a new addition to Crystal River Elementary School East Campus, 160 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale.A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Roaring Fork High School will be at 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 133 and Meadowood Drive.Students and invited guests will be on hand to help with the ceremonies. For further information, contact the schools or construction manager Chris Hulse at chrish@arcinc.to.

St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Basalt is hosting its fifth annual Christmas Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12, and organizers are now seeking vendors to showcase their holiday wares.The entry fee is $35, and vending space must be reserved before Nov. 8. For further information, call Rosie McSwain at 927-2208.

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