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A Rifle woman was arrested earlier this month and charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing nearly $10,000 from a Basalt business.Maria DeJesus Perez-Contreras, 29, worked for Basalt Trade Association for two and a half months as a manager trainee, a police report says. Basalt Trade Association manages accounting transactions for several midvalley businesses.Basalt Trade Association management said $9,754 disappeared when Perez-Contreras worked from November 2005 to January. She denied the accusations, the police report says.Perez-Contreras was arrested May 9 and held on a $5,000 bond.

The U.S. Forest Service reminded cyclists and hikers Wednesday that the seasonal closure of Government Trail is in effect to protect critical elk calving areas.Just to make sure the message is clear, the agency’s notice said violations could result in fines of $75 to $5,000. The closure affects all motorized and nonmotorized uses.The closed area is between the Buttermilk Ski Area boundary and the Elk Camp Ridge of Snowmass. Other trails in the closure are Anaerobic Nightmare, Tom Bale, Sequel and Buttermilk Ridge Trail. The annual closure goes through June 20.For more information, contact Jim Stark at the Aspen Ranger District, 925-3445.

Midvalley residents will get their first chance to look at the proposed Eagle County Home Rule Charter tonight.A meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. in the Basalt High School student center. Members of the Home Rule Charter Commission will be there to discuss the proposal.Eagle County voters will decide in November whether they will accept the proposal. If approved, it would tailor rules on governance for Eagle County. Currently, state regulations dictate Eagle County’s style of government.Pitkin County adopted a home-rule style in the ’70s.

Wells Fargo is now accepting grant applications for its 13th annual Community Assistance Fund, which will provide $260,000 to about 200 community-based nonprofit organizations.The average grant ranges from $500 to $1,500. The fund began in 1993 to support small nonprofit groups. The fund has awarded nearly 2,400 grants totaling $2.75 million since its inception.Applications are available at all Wells Fargo branches in Colorado and are due June 30.

So far, three candidates are seeking election to the KAJX board of directors this spring.They are Katherine “Kitty” Boone, Barbara Conviser and Jane F. Frazer. Ballots are being mailed to current members of the Aspen public radio station and will be tabulated at the station’s annual meeting, from 3-5 p.m. June 21. The deadline for additional candidate petitions is Monday. Boone directs programming for the Aspen Institute, including Public Programs, the Society of Fellows and the Aspen Ideas Festival.Conviser is a practicing artist, volunteer for the Aspen Music Festival and School, founding member of the board of the Aspen Art Museum and also a former KAJX board member. Frazer and her husband, Bill, are co-chairs of Aspen Public Radio’s National Council. More information is available at

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