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News in Brief

Buddy Program focuses on BasaltThe Buddy Program is looking for some good mentors, particularly in the midvalley.There are about 40 kids on the wait-list to become a Little Buddy, according to The Buddy Program Executive Director Catherine Anne Couch. She said 32 of them are from Basalt.Adults are needed to spend time with the kids as Big Buddies. They are asked to make a commitment for one year and spend at least one hour per week with a Little Buddy. The Buddy Pairs are also invited to about 25 activities and special events per year, ranging from cooking classes to ski days. Buddy Pairs are also encouraged to give back to the community by participating in some type of civic endeavor, like Fryingpan River Clean-up Day or working with the Meals on Wheels program for seniors.Staff and some current Big Buddies will host a party at the Riverside Grill in Basalt today to discuss the organization and its programs. There will be free beverages and appetizers at the event, which will last from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.In addition to seeking individuals to serve as Big Buddies, the program is appealing to businesses to encourage employee participation by giving them one hour off work per week to spend with a Little Buddy.In the last 10 months, six local businesses signed on as community partners, paving the way for their employees to participate. The businesses are Alpine Bank, American National Bank, Aspen Skiing Co., Piñons, Total Merchant Services and the town of Basalt.Individuals or businesses who want to know more about The Buddy Program can call 927-1001 or go the website at http://www.buddyprogram.org.Night work on Highway 82Nighttime construction on Highway 82 at Cemetery Lane will continue through Wednesday night, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.Working hours will be 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Highway 82 and Cemetery Lane will be reduced to a single lane of alternating traffic through the work zone. Crews will trench conduit across the roadways for installation of traffic sensors. Night work is required to minimize traffic impacts during peak daylight travel.Resort builder sued for $100,000Basalt-based Forrest Painting and Decorating is suing numerous parties for allegedly not paying $107,000 of work done on houses at 926 and 928 Mill Street.According to the lawsuit, Forrest subcontracted with defendant Resort Builders LLC. Sam Houston, also named as a defendant in the suit, asked Forrest, on behalf of Resort Builders, to do additional faux plaster and cleanup work. That work was allegedly done and invoiced at a cost of $107,000. However, Resort Builders had a conflict with property owner Nancy Schaldach Revocable Trust U/A/D and was removed from the job and Forrest was never paid, the lawsuit claims.

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