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The swimming pools at the Aspen Recreation Center won’t be ready to reopen for the Thanksgiving weekend, as city staffers had hoped.

Instead, it appears the facilities won’t be ready for use until late next week or some time the week of Dec. 5.

The pools have been shut down since just after Labor Day to accommodate repainting in the pool room and the installation of sound baffles on the ceiling. The baffles are now in place, but the scaffolding needs to be dismantled, there’s some final touch-up painting to be done and the pools have to be refilled with more than 200,000 gallons of water and reheated. In addition, a new scoreboard and timing system are being installed for swim meets.

Air testing will be conducted before the Aspen Youth Center moves back into the facility, presumably on Monday. Fumes from the painting work chased out the youth center; its operations relocated to the Aspen Elementary School temporarily.

At some point next month, the ARC will hold a grand reopening celebration for the pools.

Users will be pleased with the baffling, Anderson predicted.

“You can tell, it makes so much difference, even if you’re just in there talking,” he said. “We were putting them in there for sound, but it’s very aesthetically pleasing. That was kind of a bonus.”

A man who refused to leave the Wheeler Opera House after being asked numerous times was charged with disorderly conduct Friday night.

Wheeler staff members told police that Oskar Okicic was being loud and disruptive, and refused to leave, according to a police report. Officers escorted Okicic from the building at about 9 p.m., but 15 minutes later were called back after he allegedly came back and pounded on the Wheeler door, asking to be let in.

Okicic told police he wanted his girlfriend to come out of the building, the report says. He also said the Wheeler staff had his credit card and that he wanted it back. Police put him under arrest for disorderly conduct and handcuffed him.

Police allegedly found a small pipe in his pocket. Okicic said that he had loaned his jacket to someone and that the pipe wasn’t his.

Officers told Okicic he would not be charged for having marijuana paraphernalia, but reminded him that he is responsible for what is in his pockets and that he should be more careful about who he lets borrow his jacket.

Aspen’s free bus service will return to its winter schedule on Thursday, Nov. 25 and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority will begin its winter service on Dec. 12.

In the city, the Galena Street Shuttle will begin running daily from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday. The Maroon Creek direct bus will run every 30 minutes between Rubey Park and Aspen Highlands Village from 5:45 a.m. to midnight.

The Cross Town Shuttle will begin service on Dec. 12, running from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Castle/Maroon, Cemetery Lane, Hunter Creek and Mountain Valley routes will all resume their high-season schedules on Thursday, operating until 2 a.m. daily.

Also on Thursday, the Woody Creek bus will resume operation and the free skier shuttle to Snowmass will operate between Snowmass and Rubey Park.

The Buttermilk and Highlands skier shuttles will begin Dec. 11.

RFTA’s winter zone passes will be sold at Rubey Park on Nov. 29 and 30, and Dec. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Starting Dec. 2, they will be available at RFTA’s Aspen maintenance facility between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Zone passes are good throughout the winter season and provide a significant discount, compared to daily cash fares, according to RFTA. For more information, call 925-8484.


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