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An unidentified woman was not hurt Tuesday morning when her car went off the road and rolled onto its top near mile marker 33 on Highway 82, just upvalley from the Aspen Quick Mart.According to the Colorado State Patrol, the woman’s 2004 gray Honda Accord and a late-model Jeep Cherokee were eastbound next to each other about 8:30 a.m. when the Jeep, in the left lane, started skidding on the icy road and drifted toward the Honda. The woman driving the Honda steered toward the side of the road, and her car went off the road, traveling up the embankment and then rolling back downhill, landing on its roof.The cars did not collide. Damage to the Honda was minimal, and the State Patrol issued no tickets.

The Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority has put out a plea to anyone who can help house a seasonal employee this winter.The housing office is offering to post notices of available rental housing on its bulletin board. Send the notice, via e-mail, to or fax it to (970) 920-5580.

As the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport gets busier this holiday season, officials are urging travelers to follow a few tips to minimize delays.Travelers should stay informed of schedule changes by tuning in to cable television Channel 8 for up-to-date Aspen arrivals and departures.It also is advisable to get to the airport early – an hour before a flight for those not checking bags, and an hour and a half for those who are checking bags.Travelers should have a photo ID or valid passport, as passengers must show identification when checking in for a flight.The Federal Aviation Administration allows one carry-on bag and one small personal item such as a purse or briefcase per person. The FAA also advises against carrying wrapped presents. For security reasons, wrapped presents may be unwrapped at security checkpoints.Checked bags should be kept unlocked to permit searches by airport personnel, and extra time should be allowed for children traveling alone.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service recently honored the 2005 Colorado Earth Team Volunteer winners at the 61st annual meeting: the conservation districts of Bookcliff, South Side and Mount Sopris, and Glenwood Springs.Awards recognized the districts for their contributions to conservation work. For example, Mount Sopris provided a booth at Basalt River Days, handing out educational material and manning a snow survey display. Mount Sopris also continues to demonstrate a riparian trailer at local school districts, giving hands-on education about how rivers work and why it is important to protect resources. The other districts were honored for similar contributions.In 2005, 1,958 volunteers donated more than 36,000 hours working with NRCS professionals to do natural resource assessments, information and education presentations, tree workshops, conservation planning and more.

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