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News in Brief

The Aspen post office will offer special hours on Saturday, Oct. 14 for those who want to apply for a passport, but have found it difficult to get to the post office during its normal operating hours.The post office will close at noon on Saturday as usual, but reopen from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. only to assist those seeking a passport. Normal postal services will not be available on Saturday afternoon.Postal specialists will be on hand to answer questions, take passport photos and complete applications.Starting in 2007, passports will be required for travel to Mexico, Canada and other locations that previously accepted birth certificates and other indentification from foreign travelers.

Forest managers and a private landowner are hoping to get ahead of a bark beetle outbreak near Glenwood Springs through a cooperative helicopter logging effort.In an effort that started Thursday and continues today, helicopter loggers will remove about 135 beetle-infested Douglas fir from the Storm King Ranch and adjacent Bureau of Land Management-administered lands northwest of Glenwood Springs.”The key is to catch a small infestation early and remove the infested trees before the beetles emerge in the spring seeking new trees,” said Colorado State District Forester Kelly Rogers, who is working with the BLM and Storm King Ranch owner Michael Carricarte on the project.Carricarte is funding the costs of the helicopter, ground crew and log hauling. The logs will be taken to a local mill in New Castle.”The bark beetle doesn’t recognize land ownership,” Carricarte said in a press release. “With a helicopter logging crew in the area finishing work near Vail, this was a great opportunity to move quickly to help get a handle on this emerging infestation.”