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Permits available to cut Christmas treesChristmas tree cutting permits for public lands will be available on Nov. 20.Permits cost $10 per tree and may be purchased at any White River National Forest office or the Bureau of Land Management Field Office in Glenwood Springs, Monday through Friday, during normal business hours.Christmas tree cutting is permitted on most BLM-administered lands within the Glenwood Springs field office area with the following exceptions: wilderness study areas, Deep Creek along Coffee Pot Road, Thompson Creek Natural Area and Garfield Creek south of New Castle.Most areas within the WRNF are open for cutting with the following exceptions: designated wilderness areas, recreation and ski areas, administrative areas and Glenwood Canyon. The BLM and Forest Service officials have suggested cutting areas as guides for the public to use. Maps are available when a permit is purchased.For additional information, call the White River National Forest in Glenwood Springs at 945-2521 or the Glenwood Springs BLM field office at 947-2800.The parties party tonightThe following Election Day celebrations take place today in Glenwood Springs:• Democrats: 6 p.m., Glenwood Canyon Brewpub (game room), 402 Seventh St.• Republicans: 5:30 p.m., Buffalo Valley, 3637 Highway 82″It’s actually a lot of fun,” said Becky Rippy, who helped publicize the Republicans’ celebration. “We have a lot of candidates, their spouses and children, Central Committee members, precinct chairs, volunteers and the general public who attend.”Rippy said the celebrations are casual affairs that draw anywhere from 50 to 70 people each election year.Prostitution case faces language barrierLanguage barriers are proving a challenge in the legal case of a woman accused of prostitution in Glenwood Springs.Hui Jun Mu appeared in Garfield County Court Monday but said she couldn’t speak English.”I cannot write,” she explained through the interpreter. She said she had no one who could fill out the form or accompany her to the public defender’s office to translate for her.Deputy district attorney Tony Hershey, who is handling the case, said he remembers another case involving a defendant who spoke Mandarin, but the person was able to get translation help for out-of-court matters from someone working at a local Chinese restaurant. Translators are commonly available in local courts for people who speak Spanish, but not Mandarin. Hui Jun Mu was arrested in an undercover operation Oct. 5 at A-1 Chinese Health Care Massage on Grand Avenue. She is charged with unlawful sexual contact and prostitution.Both charges are misdemeanors. She is free on $1,250 bond.Pat Campbell named new Keystone COOVail Resorts re-arranged its executive ranks Monday, promoting long-time Breckenridge skier services director Pat Campbell to chief operating officer of Keystone Resort.Campbell will report directly to Roger McCarthy, co-president of Vail Resorts’ mountain division and chief operating officer of Breckenridge. McCarthy has served as chief operating officer for both Breckenridge and Keystone for four years since replacing John Rutter, who led the resort during much of the Ralston Purina era.Campbell said no other personnel changes are planned at Keystone. Chuck Tolton will stay on as director of mountain operations.”I think it’s important for each resort to be its own priority,” Campbell said. “This will allow me to focus on Keystone and Roger to concentrate on Breckenridge.”