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Sign thief sabotages CMC showThursday was the opening day for the Aspen Potters’ Guild show at Colorado Mounatain College, but someone didn’t want Aspenites to know about it.A streetwide banner on Main Street advertises this weekend’s show and sale at the Airport Business Center, but posters in town have gone missing.”I just think it’s a shame,” said Brian Wilson, a member of the guild. The medium-sized posters were attached to trees and telephone poles with wire earlier this week but disapeared over the last few days.”I don’t know anybody who would do this,” Wilson said. He contacted the police, thinking they might have removed the signs because of a city ordinance, but they had no knowleged of it. “It’s a mystery.”The guild sponsors the annual show, which features the work of 25 CMC pottery students. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the gallery of the CMC Aspen campus.Basalt holds tree lighting and strollBasalt’s 13th annual tree lighting and stroll is set for Saturday afternoon and evening, featureing Santa, hot cider, cookies and other goodies. Festivities kick off at 2 p.m. when Rock Bottom Ranch hosts events such as farmyard tours and snowman tossing.Kids might want to get to the Basalt Library by 4 p.m. in order to tell Santa exactly what they expect under the tree. As the afternoon rolls on, there will be a Boy Scouts bonfire in Lions Park, horse-drawn wagons, caroling and treats at Basalt businesses.At 5 p.m., the Basalt Middle School Band will play holiday music in Lions Park, and at 5:30 p.m., the Peace Tree will be lit in Lions Park. After the lighting, the fire department will give rides through the town on a big fire truck. Cookie decorating will be available at the Wyly Community Arts Center from 5-7 p.m.; Toklat Gallery will host its annual fire outside with hot cocoa; the Kitchen Store will have fondue and a gingerbread house exhibit; and the Town Center bookstore is featuring a book signing from 2-4 p.m. with Jill Sheeley, author of the “Fraser the Dog” series. Moni’s European Imports, Norm Clasen Gallery and Heirlooms will have treats available as well. Vehicular homicide hearing continuedA case against a man accused of vehicular homicide, Harley “Dow” Rippy Jr. of Silt, was continued Thursday morning for the second time.His attorney, Daniel Recht, said he would like to reset the arraignment hearing.According to police reports, Rippy, 50, drove a Jeep Wrangler off of County Road 344 about 14 miles south of Silt on Aug. 20. The Jeep continued down an embankment and rolled onto its side. Timothy W. Curtiss, 41, of New Castle, was partially ejected from the back seat and pinned beneath the Jeep as it rolled. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Law enforcement originally booked Rippy for driving without proof of insurance, driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular homicide. He posted bond for $11,750. The court scheduled his next hearing for Jan. 18. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.

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