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An Aspen man was arrested Monday evening after allegedly entering cars near the intersection of South Hunter Street and East Hyman Avenue.

According to a police report, Brian Sole was arrested and charged with first-degree trespass after a witness called police to say they saw a man going through a number of cars. The report says that when police arrived, Sole was standing at an open door of a car and immediately backed away.

Sole allegedly told police he was trying to do his girlfriend a favor by locating her car and moving it to her home but said he didn’t have a key for her vehicle. When contacted by police, the woman said she hadn’t talked to Sole that day, according to authorities.

Witnesses told police they saw Sole try to get into two cars and then open the door of a Jeep and take out a backpack. They said they watched Sole put the backpack back into the vehicle but assumed it was because he knew people were watching.

The report says a woman reported a portable parking meter missing from her car and the exact model was found with Sole when he was searched before being booked at the Pitkin County Jail.

A pair of accidents caused traffic delays in Glenwood Canyon and backed up traffic to West Glenwood on Wednesday.

A tractor-trailer jackknifed on Interstate 70 near the Shoshone Power Plant at 11:30 a.m. The eastbound lanes of the highway were closed at the Glenwood Springs exit where traffic was diverted.

Cars and trucks quickly backed up to the West Glenwood exit as traffic waited to exit at Glenwood Springs.

The westbound lanes were not affected. One of the eastbound lanes through the canyon was reopened at 3:50 p.m., said Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Stacey Stegman.

A second, multicar accident also added to traffic congestion in the canyon. The accident occurred two miles west of Eagle about 1:30 p.m. and caused the closure of the westbound lanes from there through the canyon.

One of those lanes reopened at 3 p.m., Stegman said.

DENVER ” Drilling on top of the Roan Plateau would produce up to only 15 percent of the natural gas that federal land managers say is available from the northwestern Colorado landmark, according to environmental and citizens’ groups.

The groups said Wednesday that the Bureau of Land Management’s own projections of production over 20 years show that drilling the plateau’s top isn’t worth the potential disruption of wildlife and damage to the biologically diverse habitat.

BLM spokesman Steven Hall called the calculations by the groups, which oppose drilling on top of the plateau, “really a bit of a shameless bait and switch.”

“It’s not any kind of Enron accounting,” Pete Kolbenschlag of the Colorado Environmental Coalition shot back. “Fundamentally, the figures are the BLM’s.”

The BLM is holding public hearings and gathering comments until March 4 on its proposal to open more federal land on the plateau to oil and gas drilling over the next 20 years. The draft environmental impact statement includes five scenarios, ranging from no new drilling to allowing 1,582 more wells.


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