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News in Brief

Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale will host three award-winning children’s authors during a new Visiting Author Series starting Feb. 13.The series will feature visits by Alexis O’Neill on Feb. 13-14, Thomas Yezerski on March 7-8 and Debbie Dadey on May 10.The authors will conduct assemblies and writing workshops with students to build on the school’s reading and writing programs. The grant-supported Visiting Authors Series will provide students with opportunities to hear firsthand from successful authors about the challenges and joys of writing.”By putting children in touch with writers who are passionate about telling their stories, we inspire children to discover the powerful connection between imagination and writing,” Principal Karen Olson said. O’Neill will present the evening program “Be Bold, Be Proud – Read ALOUD!” It will be open to the community at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Crystal River Elementary School East Campus, 160 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale. White House Pizza will provide food at 6 p.m. Parents of preschoolers may bring their children to O’Neill’s kindergarten assembly at 9 a.m. Feb. 14 at the East Campus.For more information on O’Neill, visit

As of tonight, The Aspen Times will have a new phone system.The Times’ main number, (970) 925-3414, will not change, and the fax numbers will not change. The public will still be able to reach any employee by calling the main number and asking for him or her by name. A receptionist will still answer the phone during the day.However, all the employee extensions within the building will change. If you’re accustomed to asking for your favorite reporter or sales representative using their three-digit extension, you’ll have to learn a new five-digit extension.Each employee will also have a direct-dial line, so don’t be afraid to ask for the number.Please be patient if you encounter any problems reaching us.