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News in Brief

Kiwanis member Cindy Ryman rings the bell Friday to help collect money for the Salvation Army in front of Kmart in Glenwood Springs. This is Ryman's third holiday season as a bell ringer. (Kara K. Pearson/Post Independent)

The Aspen City Council will take public comments on several hot developments today.

The Hotel Jerome Inc. would like to add three new lodge suites on top of the west side of the annex building, at the corner of Bleeker and Monarch streets. The proposed development would exceed the height limit for that area, but the Historic Preservation Commission has approved the variance. It also seeks additional commercial space, primarily for spa services in the basement, which would eliminate a requirement the hotel set aside 27 parking spaces for employees.

City staff has recommended the council approve the development, calling the height and parking concessions “an appropriate tradeoff” for “additional lodging rooms” and the hotel’s agreement to designate the Cortina Lodge a historic landmark. The Hotel Jerome uses the lodge for employee housing and will renovate it as part of the agreement.

Owners of the former Stage 3 movie theater building are asking to redevelop that property with commercial and office space, four affordable housing units and five free-market units, as well as 17 on-site parking spaces.

The council also will entertain public comment on the 2007 budget.

The ringing bells and red kettles of the Salvation Army are as much a part of the Christmas season as caroling. After all, the season and the kettles are both about giving.

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People can now make donations through the online red kettle program. People can participate by hosting a personal, group or business kettle by simply visiting the website and signing up to help out. There is no registration fee, and donations are a secure online transaction. For more information regarding the online kettles, visit http://www.onlineredkettle.org. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.

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