News in Brief
Myrin passed over for P&ZMayor Helen Klanderud briefly adjourned the Aspen City Council on Monday to cut off remarks by local resident Bert Myrin, who was passed over for appointment to the Planning and Zoning Commission.Myrin was booted from the P&Z two years ago and applied for reappointment once before without success. He launched anew last night into allegations of misconduct in an old case against a city staffer, who was cleared of any wrongdoing in 1998. His comments prompted a quick rebuke from Klanderud, who suspended the proceedings.Myrin interviewed for the P&Z last week and was invited to address the actions that led the council to pull him from the commission two years ago. He apparently planned to do that last night, even as Klanderud outshouted him and adjourned the meeting temporarily. The mayor called the forum inappropriate for the discussion.Authorities looking for driver in hit-and-runPolice are looking for a driver involved in a hit-and-run accident at the Hunter Creek Condominiums on Saturday night.Between 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, a car skidded through the entrance to Hunter Creek and slammed into two cars parked outside the complexs 100 building. Aspen Community Safety Officer Rick Magnuson said police think there were witnesses to the incident because the driver involved in the crash left a note on the damaged vehicles.The note, however, did not leave a name and the telephone number was erroneous.Were fairly sure there must have been witnesses because the driver left the note, probably because he or she knew people were watching, Magnuson said. The note was written on a deposit slip but the driver tore off the routing number on the slip so we cant trace him or her through the bank account.Magnuson said witnesses to the incident should contact the Aspen Police Department at 920-5400.Youth center hires new executive directorThe Aspen Youth Center, a nonprofit that provides local and visiting youths with affordable programs and activities, has announced a new executive director.Sarah Blangsted, who for the last five years has been the program director at Aspen Grassroots Experience, will now oversee the direction of the youth center. Her duties will also include fund raising and program implementation.There are so many ways to grow the Aspen Youth Center and work with more youth, its exciting. Im planning to institute an after-school study program and to add more middle school and high school programs, Blangsted said.Moose returning to Grand MesaAfter more than three years of discussion, scientific analysis and planning, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is in the final stage of bringing moose to western Colorados Grand Mesa. The U.S. Forest Service oversees management of much of the land atop Grand Mesa and is working closely with the DOW on the moose transplant.The first moose will be transported more than 200 miles to Grand Mesa on Tuesday, Jan. 18, and will be released at 9 a.m., according to an agency news release. DOW biologists hope to release between five and 10 moose that morning, but weather and capture conditions can easily affect the plan for the release.The moose being released on Jan. 18 will be captured a day earlier in the Rio Grande National Forest near Creede. A professional capture team will use a helicopter and net gun to catch cows, calves and young bulls. The moose will be netted, tranquilized and then suspended and flown to a nearby staging area. Theyll be transported inside trailers specially equipped to haul wildlife. Colorado is currently home to two healthy moose populations. The DOW introduced the first significant breeding population in North Park in the late 1970s. A second successful introduction near Creede was conducted in the early 1990s.
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After nine months of being shuttered due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Wheeler Opera House will reopen for local acts. A touchless reservation system will be open to 53 people for in-person at the venue. Online live streaming also will be available.