News in Brief

An Aspen man out on bail before his trial for possession and sale of cocaine in November was arrested Wednesday night at his home on suspicion of selling cocaine again.

Jose Angel Chaverri, 52, was charged with possession with intent to sell cocaine, possession, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana in November, and released on a $10,000 bond.

Police claim they made a traffic stop of someone speeding away from Chaverri’s Alpina House apartment early Wednesday while responding to a call about drug activity. Officers arrested the man on an outstanding warrant from California. He told police he had purchased cocaine from Chaverri many times in the past few months ” about 20 bindles per week at $30 each.

By midday Wednesday, detectives had obtained a search warrant and an arrest warrant but decided it would be too dangerous to break the door down. The informant told police Chaverri had a gun under his bed and had threatened him with a knife.

Police made a call to confirm Chaverri was home, then waited until he came outside around 7:30 p.m. to arrest him and search his apartment.

According to Assistant District Attorney Gail Nichols, police found 27.7 grams of cocaine (a little less than an ounce), more than $3,000 in cash and other incriminating items during the search.

Chaverri had a new bond set at $25,000 cash during a hearing Thursday.

An overlay project on Highway 82 will get under way Sept. 5 and continue through Oct. 31, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

When work is complete, 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 work to minimize the impacts for Ride for the Cure bicyclists during the weekend work, which was scheduled to reduce impacts to weekday commuters, according to CDOT.

Crews will work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the project, 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, the project won’t impact inbound traffic from 6:30-9 a.m., and outbound traffic between 3 and 6 p.m.

Parking restrictions will be in place during the work; motorists should observe all “No Parking” signs to avoid towing, 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 contact the construction information line at (970) 309-4973. Motorists may also check the construction information line, as updated information will be posted weekly throughout the construction period. Updated project information is also available at


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Members of the valley’s Jewish community gathered at the Albright Pavilion at Aspen Meadows Thursday for their second annual menorah lighting ceremony to celebrate and acknowledge the first day of Hanukkah.

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