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State road crews today and Wednesday will be blasting and clearing away rocks that slid last week in the Shale Bluffs area on Highway 82.

Drivers should expect delays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as traffic will be reduced to a single lane in both directions. Traffic will also be stopped each time there is scaling or blasting going on, according to a department of transportation press release. The work is weather dependent.

An Aspen man was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly hitting another man in the head with a shovel Sunday night.

Police were called to a residence on East Hopkins around 10:30 and found a bleeding Steve Bascom, 43, of Crawford, Colo. William Walton, 74, who lives at the home, told police he thought Bascom was trying to steal his car. He allegedly hit Bascom and an acquaintance of Bascom’s with a shovel.

Bascom, who was charged with vehicular trespass, needed a few stitches, according to an Aspen police report. His friend wasn’t hurt.

The Aspen business community and other interested citizens are invited to Wednesday’s meeting of the Commercial Core and Lodging Commission for a presentation on the pros and cons of a Business Improvement District.

Jane Jenkins, the first executive director of the Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District, will offer her insights into the function of a district. The CCLC will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Sister Cities Room, downstairs at City Hall.

A pair of retail consultants last year recommended Aspen explore the formation of a Business Improvement District to fund coordinated efforts to improve the core and further its interests.

The Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District has developed and created a consistent brand identity and successfully maintained a 97 percent retail occupancy rate in the face of a declining economy and the competition of a new regional center only a few miles from downtown.

Before heading up the district in Boulder, Jenkins was the director of the southwest office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She also previously served as the downtown manager for Denton, Texas.


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