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News in Brief

Tuesday’s printed edition of The Aspen Times was a shrunken-down, black-and-white version of what we’d planned to publish. The changes came early in the morning after an electrical problem crippled our Gypsum printing press. Our press crews did an outstanding job to get a newspaper on the stands at all.

The front section was shortened, with entire pages eliminated to accommodate a press that was operating at one-third capacity. We lost color throughout the paper. We were only able to print about 6,000 copies, approximately half our normal press run. And the papers were late in getting out.

We apologize for any inconvenience this caused.

Tuesday’s edition included a piece about a longtime local doctor accusing Aspen Valley Hospital of taking unfair advantage of the Medicare system, another about the end of a 5-year-old homicide case in El Jebel, and a third about the first major charges to stem from the big drug bust last fall at two Aspen restaurants.

Please take advantage of the links on our website, http://www.aspentimes.com, to see all the stories that were slated for yesterday’s edition. Click on the “archives” link on the left side and once the new page comes up, click on the link to Tuesday, March 21.

Carbondale will hold a political forum featuring candidates for seats on the Board of Trustees on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

The Valley Journal and the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the forum, and John Masters, executive director of Grassroots TV, will moderate. In addition to questions from the moderator, the audience will also be able to offer questions.

Channel 12 Cable TV and KDNK-FM radio will broadcast the session live, and Channel 12 cable TV will rebroadcast at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and midnight Friday, March 24, to Monday, March 27; and Friday, March 31, to Monday, April 3.

The U.S. Forest Service is taking public comments on a recent Draft Environmental Assessment on the Aspen Skiing Co.’s proposal for a beginning skier park and summer trails use at Snowmass Ski Area.

The Skico is proposing a chairlift, snowmaking and guest services infrastructure in the lower Elk Camp area.

The Forest Service also considered the Skico’s initial proposal for four multiple-use summer trails in the Elk Camp area. Since that proposal, the Skico reached an agreement with environmentalists that it would pursue construction and use of only one of those trails, regardless of what the Forest Service approves.

To obtain copies of the Draft EA or to request further information, contact Jim Stark at Sopris Ranger District, P.O. Box 309, Carbondale CO 81623, (970) 945-3314, or Wendy Haskins at the White River National Forest Supervisor’s Office, PO Box 948, Glenwood Springs CO 81602; fax: (970) 945-3266; or phone: (970) 945-2521.

Public comments on the review must be postmarked or received by March 23. Comments should be addressed to Maribeth Gustafson, Forest Supervisor, C/O Wendy Haskins, Forest Supervisor’s Office, PO Box 948, Glenwood Springs CO 81602. Comments can be e-mailed to comments-rocky-mountain-white-river-so@fs.fed.us.


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