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News in Brief

Aspen’s 52nd annual ski swap is set for this weekend at the high school.The annual fundraiser has netted nearly $1 million for the Aspen School District, mostly for outdoor programs.Trudi Baar and Pam Beck started the swap more than half a century ago to help families recycle and keep skiing affordable. As it grew, they decided to keep a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Aspen School District.Today, the swap keeps 20 percent of the sale price of all goods. The funds cover the cost of the swap, and the surplus benefits the school district. It is a nonprofit, volunteer event. “It is amazing what we do in a 26-hour period,” said organizer Mary Ryerson, a volunteer of 29 years. “We start at 3 p.m. on Friday, and by 5 p.m. on Saturday we have taken in thousands of dollars of equipment, sold it and given the money back to the sellers.”Though the swap originally took place at the Red Brick and more recently at Aspen Middle School, this year it will take place at the High School. Drop-off for gear is on Friday from 4-6 p.m. And the swap is from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.Tickets are available at Aspen schools, the Community School and branches of the Alpine Bank in Aspen, the ABC, Snowmass and Basalt.Volunteers are still needed. Shopping early is a perk. Call Mary Ryerson at 429-2105.

Beginning Nov. 16, Aspen will revisit the question of what to do with the Entrance to Aspen. The city will release a re-evaluation of a 1997 environmental impact statement on the area and proposed solutions.As a precursor to the re-evaluation, the city will show a 40-minute video, made in conjunction with GrassRoots TV, about the history of the 30-year Entrance to Aspen debate.The video, “The Entrance to Aspen: How Did We Get Here?” will show at the Wheeler Opera House 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Nov. 8; 11:30 a.m., Nov. 10; and 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Nov. 13. The shows are free, and a question-and-answer session will follow each screening. The video will begin running on GrassRoots TV after Nov. 13.

A woman arrested on prostitution charges in Glenwood Springs planned to go to China between her court dates, her defense attorney said Thursday.Qing Zhang, owner of the Asian Day Spa at 718 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood, will return before her next court date, which is scheduled for Nov. 30, attorney Peter Rachesky said.She is free on $2,000 bond.Deputy district attorney Katie Steers didnt object to Zhangs travel plans when the matter came up in county court on Oct. 23.Zhang faces charges of prostitution, unlawful sexual contact and keeping a place of prostitution, arising from an Oct. 5 undercover operation by police. All are misdemeanor charges. Rachesky said he doesnt see why Zhangs travel plans should be of concern. Short of incarceration, theres no way to stop anyone from leaving the country, he said.He didnt know why she wanted to return to China.Zhang was arrested on the same evening that an undercover operation also resulted in the arrest of Hui Jun Mu, an employee of A-1 Chinese Health Care Massage on Grand Avenue. Police say there were no initial indications that the two businesses were connected, or that the owner of the Grand Avenue business knew of Jun Mus actions. Jun Mu is free on $1,250 bond after being charged with prostitution and unlawful sexual contact. She is due in court Monday.Rachesky told Garfield County Court Judge Paul Metzger Thursday that Zhang is waiving her right to be formally advised of the charges against her.Prostitution arrests are rare in Glenwood Springs, enough so that city police consulted with other agencies on how to carry out the undercover operations that led to the arrests. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)