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Two types of passes to the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen ” the $600 all-access ticket and the locals’ pass ” have sold out.

Two other passes are still available “at a significant discount,” according to the festival’s website. The Gondola Package, which is $300, includes access to two special shows, 12 featured shows and three daytime film screenings. The $200 Film Discovery Package includes unlimited admission to film screenings, one special show and four featured shows, among other perks.

Roaring Fork Valley residents can get 15 percent off the price of the Gondola Package with proof of residency.

The popular locals’ pass, when it was available, sold for $125. It provides access to sketch shows, alternative presentations, stand-up performances and film screenings. The Black Diamond pass comes with access to more than 20 events, including headliner shows, special tributes and stand-up performances.

The 12th annual comedy arts festival, sponsored by HBO, runs March 8-12.

Three men arrested Friday on charges of crack possession and, in the case of one, distribution, remained in the Pitkin County Jail on Sunday night.

Okeith Jones, 33, is charged with possession and distribution of crack and cocaine, and was being held on a $12,500 bond. He, Donald Harris, 27, and Adam Maloney, 23, were arrested at the Cortina, a lodge at 220 E. Main St. in Aspen. The address in Sunday’s Aspen Times was incorrect.

Harris, charged with possession of crack and a warrant violation, was in custody on a bond of $2,650. Maloney faces charges of crack and marijuana possession. He has a $2,500 bond.

In other police news, a Glenwood Springs man who allegedly smashed into a boulder on Main Street in Aspen has been charged with vehicular assault and DUI.

Chad Eaker, 27, and his passenger were both injured in the wreck, which a police officer’s video camera captured.

The suspect was allegedly drunk when he sped down Main Street, narrowly missed a taxi, and then spun out of control for 100 feet before colliding with the rock at Seventh and Main.

The passengers in the taxi would have been killed if Eaker’s car had struck theirs, Aspen police officer Linda Consuegra said in Sunday’s Times.

Eaker has bonded out of jail.

GEORGETOWN (AP) ” A semitrailer loaded with 25,000 pounds of potash apparently suffered brake failure and struck a sport utility vehicle Saturday off Interstate 70, sending both drivers to hospitals, the State Patrol said.

Gabriel Ordonez, 35, of Denver was driving the semitrailer on eastbound I-70 when he lost control, went onto the Georgetown exit and struck the SUV’s passenger side near a gas station at the bottom of the exit, troopers said.

The SUV driver, 35-year-old Shawn Moch of Georgetown, was airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries, said State Patrol Master Sgt. Ron Watkins.

Ordonez was pinned in his cab for about three hours before rescuers could free him. He was flown to a hospital with serious to moderate injuries, Watkins said.

“It was a pretty difficult job because the damage to the tractor is pretty severe,” he said.

It was unknown whether alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.


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