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Aspen police are hoping a woman who witnessed a fight involving as many as seven people Saturday night near a Main Street gas station will contact them with an objective viewpoint.

Investigating officer Leon Murray said he has received several versions of what transpired in the fight at the Locals’ Corner around 10 p.m.

He said one person was sent to the hospital with facial injuries. Only the victim was present when police arrived and no one has been arrested because of the varying stories from those involved. What they all agreed on, Murray said, was that the woman yelled at them to stop fighting.

The combatants knew one another in a roundabout way, he said.

The woman who saw the fight and anyone else with knowledge of the incident is asked to call 920-5200.

The Pitkin County Library is joining more than a dozen other Colorado libraries in assisting tsunami victims by dedicating a week’s worth of collected library fines to the Red Cross International Response tsunami aid effort.

Next week, proceeds from the library’s new book-sale room will also be added to the fund. So, bring in your overdue library books and pay your fines, or browse and buy in the sale room from Monday, Jan. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 30, to contribute to the cause.

Or, donations to the Red Cross effort can be made at the library. Make checks payable to: Pitkin County Library and indicate Tsunami Relief in the lower left corner. Checks or cash donations can be dropped off at the library or mailed to: Pitkin County Library Tsunami Relief; 120 N. Mill St.; Aspen, CO 81611.

Aspen residents who lived within the city limits for the entire year of 2004 are eligible for a $50 food tax refund. Applications are available at the finance department window on the first floor of City Hall.

Applications are also available at aspenpitkin.com, or by calling the finance office at 920-5040. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 15, at 5 p.m.

If you received a refund last year and still live at the same address, or were a registered voter for the entire year of 2004, no further documentation is required. However, you are still required to complete the application and submit it to the finance department office prior to the deadline.

Those who have never received a refund, or whose address has changed, must provide proof of residency within the city limits for the entire year of 2004. Accepted documentation includes: a signed lease, utility bills, or canceled checks from January 2004 and December 2004 (they must contain a physical address).

For more information, call 930-5040.

GRAND JUNCTION ” Authorities plan to resume their search for a missing snowshoer today, this time to find his remains.

Dan Walker, 54, disappeared Jan. 9 along with his wife, Deborah, and 18-year-old daughter Camille during a backcountry outing on Grand Mesa. They got lost during a storm and separated when Dan left for help.

The two women were found two days later, not far from where Walker’s ski poles were later discovered planted in his tracks. The search continued until last Thursday night.

Mesa County sheriff’s officials say the search and recovery effort will include dogs, aircraft, ground teams and snowmobilers. Spokeswoman Susan Habliston said today had the most promising forecast.


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