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Paving is complete on the Main Street of Aspen, but drivers can expect delays crossing the Castle Creek bridge today.

Crews will place weather sensors on Castle Creek Bridge today, and traffic will be single-lane alternating traffic over the bridge from 9:30 a.m. CDOT spokewoman Nancy Shanks said the work should take only a short time and will be complete by noon.

Shanks said that despite weather delays, the $2.25 million Main Street paving project went as planned. The project started on Sept. 5 and ended Thursday. Crews will be painting stripes and lines for crosswalks in coming weeks, which will cause occasional lane closures. But Shanks said these last punch-list jobs will not cause the kind of traffic jams that kept Aspenites waiting up to one hour to get into town recently.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) ” Two defendants in a federal investigation of environmental radicals face sentencing in December on eight counts of arson stemming from the $12 million fires at a Vail, Colo., ski resport in 1998.

Chelsea Dawn Gerlach and Stanilas Gregory Meyerhoff, both 29, were arraigned Wednesday in federal court in Eugene.

They are to enter pleas and be sentenced on Dec. 14, when they are also due for sentencing for other arson-related crimes to which they pleaded guilty in July.

Under plea deals the pair made with federal prosecutors, both agreed to have the Colorado charges transferred to Oregon to be settled along with their other arson cases.

The Vail crimes focused national attention on radical environmentalists who ascribed their attacks to the secretive Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front.

The Vail fires are one of 18 separate attacks charged to a group of 13 people between 1996 and 2001.

Meyerhoff, who renounced ELF, earlier pleaded guilty to 54 charges related to seven separate attacks in a plea deal for a recommendation from federal prosecutors that he be sentenced to 15 years and eight months, according to court records.

As part of his deal, authorities in Michigan, Arizona, Washington, Wyoming and California will not prosecute potential cases against him, court records showed.

Gerlach pleaded guilty to 18 charges in five separate attacks. She has apologized for the harm and fear created by her actions, which she said were motivated by “a deep sense of despair and anger at the deteriorating state of the global environment.”

Prosecutors have recommended Gerlach get a 10-year sentence. Authorities in Wyoming, Washington and California agreed not to pursue potential cases against Gerlach, according to court records.

Of the 13 defendants, six have pleaded guilty, four face trial and three are fugitives.

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