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Someone apparently broke into a shack on Aspen Mountain this week and stole roughly $15,000 in tools owned by the Aspen Skiing Co. Pitkin County deputy Brady Jax, who investigated the incident on Friday, said there were no noticeable signs of forced entry into the building. He said Skico is taking an inventory to figure out what was taken. The thief or thieves made off with hand tools and shop tools between Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Jax said Skico waited to call the police in order to check with employees to make sure no one borrowed the tools. The investigation is still in preliminary stages at this point, and no suspect has been identified.

GRAND JUNCTION – A final management plan for the 73,600-acre Roan Plateau likely will not be completed until mid- to late summer, Bureau of Land Management officials said.BLM officials had hoped to complete the 20-year management plan in May, said David Boyd, public affairs specialist for the BLM office in Glenwood Springs.”Right now we’re continuing to get the last analyses done, and we’re working with the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the Colorado Division of Wildlife to finish the document,” Boyd said.The plan would detail how the species-rich, 9,000-foot plateau between Rifle and Parachute should be managed, including how much drilling for natural gas should be allowed.The public will be given 30 days to comment on the plan.More than 75,000 comments were submitted in the public process influencing the final version of the plan.The plateau is home to huge deer and elk herds, mountain lions, bear, peregrine falcons and what biologists say is a genetically pure strain of cutthroat trout. It also is valued for drawing out-of-state hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts who contribute to the area economy.

BOULDER (AP) – The City Council has created an ad hoc committee to encourage residents to use smaller cars.”We’re constantly hearing the struggles of downtown to supply enough parking spaces. If you have smaller cars, you don’t take up as much space,” said Councilman Shaun McGrath, a proponent of smaller vehicles.Smaller cars also pollute less, supporters say.Some members of the city’s planning figure focusing on smaller cars could turn attention away from alternative transportation.Although a third of all trips in Boulder are via bikes, buses or other forms of transit, 70 percent still rely on automobiles. “We shouldn’t turn a blind eye toward reality,” said McGrath.One suggestion is to making parking spaces smaller to force people away from SUVs.Mitchell Magdovitz, who works for an alternative transit company, said people should be encouraged to use electric vehicles. He said it won’t be easy as long as they face the prospect of confronting a 5,000-pound SUV.The solution is to create separate lanes for small cars, said Magdovitz.”I think it is a great step forward. As forward-thinking as the population is, and as active as the population is in supporting progressive endeavors, Boulder is poised to be at the very forefront of transit development” said Magdovitz.McGrath said there are many other possibilities, including stationing “zip cars” around the city. For $8 an hour program members could use the cars to get around in the city.


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