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Pitkin County commissioners unanimously agreed to the purchase of a conservation easement on the Crown Mountain Ranch during first reading Wednesday. The purchase, at a cost of $2.25 million, will preserve 560 acres in the midvalley.The easement permanently limits the property, which Tom Clark owns, to four houses. The purchase also includes a trail easement for county open space. Clark also voluntarily conveyed a conservation easement on another, adjacent, 120-acre property.

Although Highway 133 north of Paonia opened to two-way traffic Saturday evening, crews are still working to clear the area after an April 24 rockslide.Motorists might encounter 30-minute delays between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. while crews build rockfall reinforcement, break apart large boulders and haul material away. Between 5:30 p.m. and 7 a.m., the highway will be open to two-way traffic with no restrictions, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. The work might continue into early next week.Highway 133 links Highway 82 in Carbondale to Highway 92 in Hotchkiss.

Pitkin County on Wednesday made May the Month of the Young Child. A dozen 4- and 5-year-olds squirmed through the proclamation and perhaps brought more style into the room than county commissioners have seen in decades: pink leopard-print pants, shoes with lights, a train engineer getup and a full Batman costume. Two major events mark the month. A children’s parade is at 10 a.m. May 18. It starts on the corner near Boogie’s Diner and finishes at Paepcke Park, where the police department will supply kids with pizza. The children’s fair takes place at the park in front of the Yellow Brick building from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20. There will be a kids art show, child care information and a fire engine.



A Snowmass Village man who sued The Aspen Times over his classified car ad agreed to a settlement with the newspaper Wednesday.Daniel Noonan’s lawsuit in small-claims court sought $400. He was at odds with the Times after the paper stopped the “run until it sells” ad. A manager in the classified ad department said Noonan never renewed, as is required.Hilary Burgess, the Times’ business manager, offered to give Noonan half off his next classified ad. He agreed.

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) – The Frederick Brewing Co. has a new owner.Flying Dog Ownership Group of Denver has acquired the brewery, located just south of Frederick, for $1.4 million, the Frederick News-Post reported Wednesday. Flying Dog, maker of Flying Dog Pale Ale, will change the plant’s name to Wild Goose Brewery LLC, Flying Dog President Eric Warner said.The plant will continue producing Wild Goose beers, and will add Flying Dog, In-Heat Wheat and Old Scratch Lager to its output, Warner said.He said Flying Dog – which Woody Creeker George Stranahan, writer Hunter Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman started in 1990 – lacked enough capacity at its 29,000-barrel-per-year Denver site, and that brewing beer at the Frederick plant, with an annual capacity of 50,000 barrels, would cut shipping costs to the East Coast. Flying Dog is sold in 40 states, he said.


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