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Violators of the state’s Ski Safety Act could face fines of up to $1,000, under a bill the state Senate approved Tuesday.Violations punishable by the new fine include leaving the scene of a collision, skiing out of bounds or on closed runs, and skiing while intoxicated. Sen. Lewis H. Entz, R-Hooper, the bill’s sponsor, said the current $300 fine isn’t severe enough to discourage illegal and dangerous activities on the slopes. Entz’s district includes seven ski areas. “The violations we’re talking about in this bill are dangerous to not only the perpetrator, but to everybody on the mountain,” Entz said in a news release. The bill cleared the Senate on a 33-0 vote. It now moves to the governor.

The Aspen School District will hold a communication forum to give parents and community members an opportunity for an open discussion of school-related issuesThe meeting, with Superintendent Diana Sirko and the school district board of education, will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Seminar Room of Aspen High School.For more information, check the district’s website, http://www.aspenk12.net, or call Angela Rittenhouse at 925-3760, ext. 4007.

The Pitkin County Republican Party will hold caucus meetings on March 21 at the following locations: Precincts 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, and 9 : 1050 Matchless Drive, No. 1, 7 p.m., 925-5426 Precinct 3 : 460 Red Mountain Road, 7 p.m., 925-3141 Precinct 4 : 1055 Cemetery Lane, 7 p.m., 920-4011 Precinct 5 : 278 Oak Ridge Drive, 7 p.m., 920-3780 Precinct 10 : 22989 Highway 33, Carbondale, 7 p.m., 963-9897.To vote in the caucus for precinct committee members and delegates to county assemblies, one must have been affiliated with a party since Jan. 23 and a resident of a precinct since Feb. 19, except under special circumstances, according to the Pitkin County clerk’s office.Precinct attendees also will select election judges to staff precinct polls for the August primary and November general election.Anyone with questions about party affiliation status or precinct locations can call a party leader, or the Pitkin County clerk’s office at 920-5180, ext. 3.

The Pitkin County Democratic Party will hold its precinct caucus meeting at 6 p.m. March 21 at the Common Ground Meeting House, 100 Lone Pine Road.The party invites all Pitkin County Democrats to have dinner, hear from candidates, join the discussion and vote for candidates for local and statewide office and resolutions for the county and state platforms.Party members are urged to check on their registration status and precinct by calling the Pitkin County clerk at 920-5180, ext. 3.To learn more about the caucus meeting, call Camilla Auger at 544-0745.


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