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Aspen Police said that the recent visit by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani for the Forstmann Little & Co.’s annual conference was treated like a visit from the president of the U.S.Sergeant Steve Smith of the Aspen Police said that Talabani’s visit was “an issue of diplomatic security.” The Iraqi president and his entourage are considered a high profile target, and the city of Aspen swarmed with Secret Service, members of the elite Iraqi Guard security force, state police, Aspen police and the Pitkin County sheriff’s deputies.Bleeker Street behind the Hotel Jerome was cordoned-off and the block was chockablock with law enforcement vehicles. A contingent of state troopers on motorcycles kept warm in a parked RFTA bus nearby while awaiting the departure of Talabani’s motorcade.Local security measures eased just after 3 p.m. Saturday, when the motorcade left for Walker Field in Grand Junction.

Weather may have played a role in the crash of a single-engine plane that claimed two lives near the Wyoming border, the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday.Oilfield workers in Sweetwater County, Wyoming witnessed the crash.Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Holford said high winds and rain were reported in the area at the time of the crash Friday afternoon.The coroner has not made a positive identification of the two victims. The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team to the crash site to investigate.The plane was en route from Oakland, Calif., to Lincoln, Neb.. Its last stop was Fairfield, Utah. (The Associated Press)

A woman with publishing, marketing and chamber of commerce experience has been hired as Glenwood Springs’ next tourism marketing director.Kate Collins will begin her new job Oct. 16. She replaces Stephanie Keister, who stepped down after a little less than a year on the job to become the marketing director at Schmueser Gordon Meyer, a local engineering and surveying firm.Collins founded and served as publisher for Colorado Resort Publishing, a glossy magazine division of Colorado Mountain News Media. CMNM also owns other publications in the region including The Aspen Times and the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. The division publishes Aspen Philanthropist, Mountain House & Home and the Summit Parade of Homes magazine.She previously served as regional marketing director for CMNM. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

Rifle officials intend to approach the Garfield County Commissioners as at least one source of funding to help pay for two of the three scheduled roundabouts in the city of Rifle.The three roundabouts along the Interstate 70 interchange have been on the books for three years since voters approved the project as part of a $4.1 million street bond issue in 2003. At the time, the Colorado Department of Transportation had given the city a cost estimate for the roundabouts of $1.5 million.Numbers now show that it would cost $3.1 million just to build two of the three roundabouts located at the east and west ramps of I-70 and at Airport Road and Taugenbaugh Boulevard. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

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