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Snowmass outdoor movies, music events begin this weekSummer events in Snowmass Village, including free movies and music, swing into high gear this week.Tab Benoit kicks off the Snowmass Summer of Free Music with a concert at Fanny Hill at 6 p.m. Thursday. The free weekly outdoor movie begins Friday at dusk with the Coen brothers flick “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”The Blind Boys of Alabama are scheduled to play a free concert on the mall at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by a half-hour laser-light show.The summer chairlift is now open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The ride up costs $6 for adults, $4 for children. And the rodeo, every Wednesday, has also begun.Also scheduled to play free concerts this summer: the subdudes, July 20; Soulive, Aug. 3; Sonya Kitchell, Aug. 17; and Sam Bush, Aug. 24.Free flicks include “Lords of Dogtown,” July 21; “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Aug. 4; and “Best in Show,” Aug. 25.For more information, visit or call 704-9988.Silt man dies in Old SnowmassSilt resident Kenneth Lee Thomas, 63, died Monday, apparently while installing a fence on the St. Benedict Monastery property in Old Snowmass.Aspen/Pitkin County Combined Communications received a call of a man unconscious and not breathing around 1:20 p.m. in a hayfield on Capitol Creek Road, roughly 3.2 miles from the intersection of Snowmass Creek Road and Capitol Creek Road.Two good Samaritans performed CPR on Thomas until Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District medics arrived, according to a release from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Advanced life support was given in the field, but Thomas was later pronounced dead on the scene.The incident is under investigation by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office. The initial investigation shows the cause of death not to be suspicious. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)New Castle bans all open fires, fireworksExtremely dry weather conditions have made the fire danger in New Castle and surrounding areas dangerously high. The town of New Castle has temporarily banned open-burning fires and the use, sale and possession of fireworks.Open-burning fires are not allowed, including the burning of weeds, brush and trash; campfires; fires in fire rings, fire pits or grates; and stoves, broilers or barbecues that use wood or coal. Propane, gas or charcoal barbecues are still allowed.Smoking is not allowed unless you are in an enclosed vehicle or building, or outside in an area clear of all flammable material for at least 3 feet in diameter.The fire and fireworks ban is in effect until Nov. 1.For details, contact the New Castle Police Department at 984-2302. All fireworks are prohibited, including toy cannons or toy canes; blank cartridges; firecrackers; torpedoes; skyrockets; rockets; Roman candles; cylindrical fountains; cone fountains; wheels; ground spinners; illuminating torches; colored fire; day-glo bombs and torches; sparklers; and snakes.The fire and fireworks ban is in effect until Nov. 1.For details, contact the New Castle Police Department at 984-2302. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

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