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News in Brief

Magnuson can run for sheriffAspen Community Safety Officer and performance artist Rick Magnuson got the blessing of most of the City Council Monday night in his bid to challenge Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis for election next fall.The council amended the city’s personnel code to permit a city employee to run for elective office without having to take a leave of absence. The law had required such a leave, without pay, throughout any campaign period. Only council member J.E. DeVilbiss voted against the amendment, declaring that he would vote for it only if Magnuson took back the statement, “everything I do is art.”DeVilbiss has questioned Magnuson’s motives in announcing his candidacy, and others have agreed it may be another of Magnuson’s locally famed performance art pieces.Magnuson, who announced his candidacy in April, still will have to campaign on his own time, and not while he is on the clock for the Aspen Police Department.The election for sheriff will take place in November.GarCo chips in $50K for Rio Grande TrailThe Garfield County Commissioners gave $50,000 Monday to help pay for construction of a section of the Rio Grande Trail. That brings their contribution to $175,000 so far, said Mike Hermes, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority director of property and trails.Garfield County’s contribution comes from its Conservation Trust Fund, funded with state lottery money, which the county uses to support trails construction.RFTA will build a trail segment this summer from the Catherine Store bridge in Carbondale to Hooks Spur in Basalt, a total of 4.6 miles, for a cost of approximately $1 million.That segment, about 30 miles, “will connect Carbondale with Aspen,” Hermes said. The trail follows the former Denver and Rio Grande railroad corridor from Glenwood Springs to Aspen.In late 2005, the commissioners also gave $50,000 for construction of a section of trail in the Crystal River Valley, about a mile of trail south of Carbondale to the Pitkin County line. The commissioners have also given financial help to the Lower Valley Trails Group for its trail beside Interstate 70 from West Glenwood Springs to Canyon Creek. RFTA recently received a federal grant for $850,000 which will go toward constructing about six miles of trail from the Glenwood Springs cemetery to the Colorado Mountain College turnoff on Highway 82, Hermes said.RFTA board hopes to have the Rio Grande Trail running from Glenwood Springs to Aspen by 2010. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)Daily Bread is backWith crepes, banana cakes and huevos rancheros, the Daily Bread has been resurrected in its old quarters on Grand Avenue. Only now, the Daily Bread has a Polish flair. Mark and Joanna Bartnik sold their house, threw most of their belongings into storage and moved into a smaller place in West Glenwood so they could reopen the Daily Bread, whose previous owner abruptly shuttered the restaurant in November.On Monday, the Bartniks quietly fired up the grill at the Daily Bread with a remodeled interior and a made-over menu. It’s “an American restaurant with a Polish accent,” Joanna said. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

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