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News in Brief

Area law enforcement officers stopped 592 drivers and arrested one of them during a recent drunken driving checkpoint. The Eagle County and Garfield County sheriff’s offices conducted the check, along with the Colorado State Patrol, and the Basalt, Glenwood Springs, New Castle and Carbondale police departments.The checkpoint took place Aug. 5 in El Jebel according to a statement from Eagle County. The Colorado Department of Transportation funded the check as part of the Colorado Campaign to Prevent Drunk Driving. It involved 25 officers, deputies, troopers and volunteers.

Police are hoping citizens can help them out after the thefts of more than six bicycles, including some approaching $5,000 in value, in the past month.The thefts have occurred in Basalt and El Jebel “during all hours of the day,” says a news release from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. Bikes have been stolen “from open garages, porches, car mounted bike racks, and storage racks in front of business, homes and apartments.”The bicycles range in value from $500 to $4,500. The suspect usually leaves a lower-value bike at the scene.Eagle County Crime Stoppers is searching for information that will lead to the arrest or indictment of those involved in this case. Remain anonymous and earn up to $1,000 by calling (970) 328-7007 or (800) 962-TIPS.

Part of McLain Flats Road near Aspen will be reduced to one lane of traffic for about three weeks starting Aug. 15.Kinder Morgan will be working in the area to expand the natural gas pipeline system that serves Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.About 1,700 feet of the road, starting at the intersection of Cemetery Lane and Red Butte Road, will be reduced to one lane. Hours of construction will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 319-9092

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