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We’re sorry, but The Aspen Times must cancel the planned public meeting with Publisher Jenna Weatherred and Editor Bob Ward. The two had planned to discuss the newspaper and its coverage with members of the public at 2 p.m. Monday at Zl Cafe.This was to be the third in a series of informal meetings with Weatherred, Ward and readers. But this week Weatherred got an important phone call from Guatemala, and she leaves this weekend with her husband, Wayland, to pick up their newly adopted son in Antigua.Weatherred and Ward plan to schedule another public “coffee talk” when she’s back on the job after a maternity leave.

Tickets to hear Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean speak for free at Harris Music Hall on Feb. 25 will not be available until Feb. 6, according to a spokeswoman for the Aspen Institute.And when they become available to the general public, said Cristal Logan, they will be available only through the Aspen Music Festival ticket office, which is at Harris Hall and can be reached at 925-9042. Before Feb. 6, Logan said, the Institute is offering tickets to its donors, high school students and other special guests.An article in the Jan. 18 Aspen Times, quoting a local Democratic Party official, incorrectly reported that the tickets are available now through the Institute at its Meadows facility.Dean is coming for a day of events on Feb. 25, including a morning fundraising brunch at The Little Nell, which is not free to the public, as previously published. Tickets for the brunch can be purchased from local party Chairwoman Camilla Auger at 544-0745.

The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 has set up a special phone line for parents to find out if the district has called a snow day. Parents can hear a recorded message at 384-6075, starting at 6 a.m. on the day in question, announcing in both English and Spanish whether school is closed that day.A notice also will be posted at 6 a.m. on the school district website at District transportation officials will notify the following media outlets by 5:45 a.m., including local radio stations KDNK 88.3 FM, KSPN 98.3 FM, KMTS 99.1FM/KGLN 980 AM, KJAX 88.9 FM, The River 95.5 FM, and Tri-Color 107.1 FM; Denver radio station KOA 850 AM; and Denver television channels WB2, KCNC-4, KUSA-9 and KBDI-12.

Thursdays powerful storm caused several accidents and snarled traffic all over the valley.A vehicle in one accident on Highway 82 near Blue Lake was heavily damaged, and the wreck shut down both upvalley-bound lanes. Information on whether anyone was injured was not available late Thursday; traffic was diverted onto the frontage road between El Jebel and Carbondale.A wreck also shut down Brush Creek Road. No one was injured. Law enforcement was not available to comment, but a dispatcher said the roads in and around Aspen were in bad shape Thursday.I dont know how many calls weve received from officers for sand, she said.

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