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The Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority is now offering the public the ability to post rental/roommate ads online.Those who want to post an ad should log on at http://www.aspenhousingoffice.com/postrental or http://www.aspenhousingoffice.com/postroommate. Those who want to search the ads should log on at http://www.aspenhousingoffice.com, click on rentals and then choose Roommate Exchange or Rental Exchange.For more information, call the housing office at (970) 920-5050.

DENVER (AP) – Snowmobilers have lost an attempt in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to win access to the Andrews Lake area on Molas Pass.The court Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that supported the U.S. Forest Service decision to ban motorized vehicles from 200 acres around the lake.”We’re very pleased that the court agreed 100 percent with our perspective. The decision sets aside a tiny area around Andrews Lake for non-motorized use,” said Mark Pearson, executive director of the San Juan Citizens Alliance.Laura Alsup, secretary and treasurer of the Silverton Snowmobile Club, said the decision actually excludes snowmobiles from an even larger area because the Andrews Lake site is a jumping off point for other routes.”I’ll go to my grave thinking that the Forest Service started this on flimsy grounds,” she said, telling the Durango Herald: “There were going to be fireworks if we won.”The snowmobilers had argued the Forest Service didn’t follow the correct procedures when it closed the area in 2001 because they prohibited a previous use. The agency decided to reserve the area, 10 miles south of Silverton, for skiers, snowshoers and snowboarders. It makes up less than 3 percent of the 7,100 acres at Molas pass where motorized travel is allowed.The agency acted after several years of low snowfall had left the contending groups competing for less space.The groups suing over the ban were the Silverton Snowmobile Club, Colorado Snowmobile Association and the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance.

PUEBLO (AP) – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pueblo is facing a 12th lawsuit claiming sexual abuse by a former Marianist brother, the Pueblo Chieftain reported Saturday.Former Marianist Brother William Mueller is named in the latest suit, which alleges he used ether to render a Roncalli High School student helpless before molesting him. His order, the Society of Mary, is also named in the suit.Mueller faces similar allegations in Missouri.A spokesman for the order said Mueller, who now lives in San Antonio, left the order voluntarily in 1986 after being treated for “bizarre behavior.”The Chieftain requested and was denied permission to inspect records at Roncalli, which closed in 1971. Bishop Arthur Tafoya denied the request, saying it would violate personnel privacy policies.Mueller also is accused in St. Louis of trying to subdue a student with ether, then using a knife to intimidate him while trying to molest him.Mueller’s accuser in the Pueblo lawsuit is identified in court documents only as John Doe No. 8, a 49-year-old man who lives in Pueblo, and attended Roncalli during the 1970-71 school year as a 14-year-old freshman enrolled in religion and music classes taught by Mueller.Mueller is accused of holding a rag soaked in ether over the boy’s face and molesting him as he lost consciousness.


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