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News in Brief

CDOT schedules Highway 82 workAn overlay project on Highway 82 in Aspen begins today and continues through Oct. 31, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.When work is done, the highway will have been milled and paved from Riverside Drive on the east end of town through Cemetery Lane on the west side.The weekend of Sept. 9-10 is slated for milling and paving work from the roundabout through the S-curves. Traffic control crews will minimize the impacts for Ride for the Cure bicyclists during the weekend work, which has been scheduled at that time to reduce impacts to weekday commuters, according to CDOT.During the project, crews will work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be reduced to an alternating one-way pattern in areas that are currently just one lane in each direction. Anticipate delays, CDOT warns, but to accommodate peak travel between the roundabout and the S-curves, inbound traffic won’t be impacted from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and outbound traffic will not be impacted between 3 and 6 p.m.Parking restrictions will be in place during the work; motorists should observe all “No Parking” signs to avoid having their vehicles towed, CDOT advised.Traffic will be maintained through the construction zone and access to businesses and properties will be open most of the time. Those who have specific needs regarding their business should call the construction information line at 309-4973. Motorists may also check the construction information line, as updated information will be posted weekly. Updated project information can also be found at http://www.sh82.com.Sheep Dog Trials just around the cornerThe Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials is more than just dogs herding sheep. The trials combine dog-handling demos, a nationwide art contest, regional food, live music and more, for five days of western Colorado entertainment.The Meeker Classic has its fun side, but it can also be serious business for sheepdogs and their owners who come from all over the nation to compete.The event – which takes place annually in September on the first Wednesday through Sunday after Labor Day – offers a purse totaling $20,000. To support the purse, as well as offset costs of the event’s operations, companies and individuals from throughout the Western Slope each sponsor one of the 120 dogs in the preliminary rounds at $100 per dog.Activities at the trials include a daily crafts fair, food booths, weekend pancake breakfasts, and a Sunday noon lamb barbecue. Entertainment features dog exhibitions and bagpipe music.Meeker is located in Rio Blanco County and the White River Valley. The sheepdog trials field is just west of town on Highway 13. Seating is limited and is not shaded. Event organizers suggest bringing sunscreen, binoculars, umbrellas, and lawn chairs to make the best of your time at the trials. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)