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The Aspen City Council adjourned into a private session Tuesday night to determine if the top two staffers deserved bonuses, but officials said the results wouldn’t be available until today.City Manager Steve Barwick and city attorney John Worcester were up for their annual job performance reviews. Those reviews legally can take place in executive session because they involve personnel issues.Aspen Mayor Helen Klanderud, acting on advice from Worcester, said no decision on bonuses would be final until “paperwork” was completed today. Therefore, no information on the council’s direction on the bonuses was available Tuesday night, despite a protest by Aspen Times Managing Editor Allyn Harvey. He said the information should be shared regardless of whether paperwork is complete.Barwick received a $26,700 bonus at his review in January 2005. That was in addition to his salary of $123,011.Worcester received a $15,000 bonus in addition to his salary of $126,443.

The Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday tabled consideration of a 25-square-foot swimming pool on a hillside overlooking the Hallam Lake nature preserve and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.P&Z commissioners, who said Tuesday’s meeting agenda was too heavy to consider the pool plan, will take up the matter at a meeting on March 21.The plan, proposed by property owner Jonathan Lewis, also calls for a tunnel extending east from the basement of a house at 414 N. First St., with a transparent canopy covering a stairway leading from the tunnel’s end to the pool, as well as other features.The property is the former home of the late Chicago industrialist Walter Paepcke and his wife, Elizabeth. Lewis’ plans have raised the ire of one of his neighbors, actor Jack Nicholson, as well as at least one ACES board member.ACES director Tom Cardamone was at the P&Z meeting with others from ACES. He said the board’s executive committee, which met Tuesday, did not take a position on Lewis’ plans and that the matter will be discussed at a meeting of the full board of directors later this month.

The Community Office for Resource Efficiency presents a free screening of the documentary “The End of Suburbia” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale. Following the screening, CORE director Randy Udall will lead a question-and-answer session.”The End of Suburbia” is an award-winning documentary on the future of the world’s oil-based economy. It explains the rise of contemporary America as a result of cheap oil and highlights the coming effects as worldwide demand begins to outstrip supply.

Aspen Community Foundation presents the final installment in its Community Assets Winter Discussion Series from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Aspen Community Foundation office in the Red Brick Center for the Arts.The discussion features Dr. Patricia Hardenbergh, medical director of radiation oncology at Shaw Regional Center/Vail Valley Medical Center, and Cheryl Jensen, a volunteer at Cancer Caring House. They will discuss the cancer center’s treatments and supportive care, since it’s the facility closest to valley residents.The event is free and open to the public. R.S.V.P. to Sharyn Goodson at 920-9319 or sharyn@aspencommunityfoundation.org.


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