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John Mellencamp has canceled his Sunday, Sept. 3, performance at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival, and Don Henley will replace him, organizers announced Tuesday.Mellencamp canceled for unspecified personal reasons. Henley, a founding member of the Eagles, will headline Sunday with a show beginning at 6:30 p.m. Opening acts on Sunday will remain the same, with Del Castillo performing at 2 p.m. and Los Lonely Boys at 4:15. There are several options for those who have already purchased tickets for Sunday. Tickets are good for Henley’s performance without exchange, or they can be refunded through the place of purchase (for Internet orders, call 866-JAS-TIXX). For purchases made online or through the 866 number, a credit is available for future ticket purchases for up to one year. Blind Faith Pass holders are not allowed refund or credit for this show.

The Aspen City Council’s least favorite watchdog has submitted the required number of petition signatures to force the city to abandon its plans for a new recycling center at Rio Grande Place.The organizers of the petition campaign, including local activist Toni Kronberg, submitted petitions containing 642 signatures, 100 more than the required 542, according to City Clerk Kathryn Koch.Opponents have condemned the plans for a new, larger recycling center, saying such a project would be inconsistent with the city’s master plan for the nearby Rio Grande Park.Koch said she now has up to 30 days to certify that the signatures are all by valid city electors.If the signatures are certified, Koch will then submit the petitions to the City Council, which can either adopt the measure as the recycling center opponents recommended or put the matter to the city’s voters in November.If there are not enough valid signatures, Koch said, organizers will have 10 days to “cure” the deficiency and get enough valid signatures.Koch said the deadline for getting language on the November ballot is Sept. 12.

The Aspen Liquor License Authority voted 5-0 Tuesday to waive the remainder of a liquor license suspension for La Comida restaurant.Owner Walt Harris did not appear at a July 11 meeting, when the board had hoped to hear his reasons for failing to comply with regulations requiring alcohol training for servers. The board issued a seven-day liquor license suspension, and La Comida served two days of that suspension in mid-July.According to City Clerk Kathryn Koch, Harris did appear at Tuesday’s meeting, where “he accepted responsibility and said he knew abut the requirement.”Harris could not be reached for comment.Koch said that “getting people to take [the training course] is difficult” for many employers because it is a several-hour class, and many workers have trouble finding the time because they work more than one job. Likewise, some of the course’s instructors will not teach the class without a minimum number of students.”There are roadblocks,” she said. But Koch is working with the city to look for ways to make it easier for restaurants to go through the necessary steps to comply with the regulations.