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Aspen, CO Colorado Historical society has new exhibits, new hoursASPEN The Aspen Historical Society is sliding into its winter mode, with a return to regular hours at the Wheeler-Stallard Museum and three new exhibits highlighting bits of Aspen’s history.Winter hours at the museum, 620 W. Bleeker St., are 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, through April 14. The Holden Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum is open in the winter by appointment only, and the administration office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.The museum currently is showing three exhibits: “Crystal Memories: Fifty Years of Palace Shenanigans,” about the first half-century of the Crystal Palace Dinner Theater; “Aspen Under Glass: Early Aspen Photography 1890-1920,” selected glass-negative prints and photographic equipment; and “Corsets, Hatpins and Petticoats – A Journey into the Finery of Victorian Elegance,” showcasing some of the era’s unique attire and clothing accessories.For more information, visit or call 925-3721.Cops offer tips to bouncersASPEN The Aspen Police Department will host its annual winter bouncer meeting and discussion with the town’s liquor industry employees from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, in the Sister Cities Room at City Hall. The police offer the session to educate and inform bar staff on practical, useful and safe methods of dealing with intoxicated people. Discussion topics range from overcrowding/fire regulations and the Tipsy Taxi program to dealing with intoxicated customers, dealing with and preventing fights, controlling the mood of the bar, spotting fake IDs and underage drinkers, liquor code regulations and other relevant topics.Pizza and soft drinks will be available.For more information, contact officer Ian MacAyeal at 429-1818.Silt man accused of illegally killing bearSILT George Bauer, 45, of Silt, will appear in court Monday to face charges originating from an incident in which authorities say he illegally killed a black bear by using bait. He was arrested during a search of his residence and held on marijuana-related charges.The Colorado Division of Wildlife received an anonymous phone tip that led to the investigation. The DOW obtained a search warrant and on Sept. 28 investigated his property on Log Mesa, 13 miles south of Rifle near Beaver Creek. DOW officers found a 55 gallon drum full of various fruits, meat, grease and a whole chicken in a clearing on the property, the DOW case report states. The DOW also found bear tracks, a can half full of grease, blood on rocks and trees and a “gut pile” nearby.Hunting black bears with bait is illegal in Colorado.The next day, DOW officers obtained a search warrant for his Silt residence. The case report says Bauer arrived and answered questions.”He stated it took a couple of weeks,” the case report says, “He stated he then walked up in his tree stand and shot a bear. … Bauer said he wanted the bear that he killed and that he ‘had a thing for him’ and that ‘yeah, I killed him.'”During the search, DOW officers also found more than one ounce of marijuana in seven separate bags and smoking devices. Bauer was arrested by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office during the search on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of more than one ounce and less than eight ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, the case report states. He posted bond of $6,250.In addition to the marijuana charges, Bauer was issued a summons for unlawfully taking possession of a black bear, unlawfully hunting a black bear by using bait, unlawfully using wildlife as bait, unlawfully failing to care for and provide for human consumption of edible portions of the black bear, unlawfully failing to have a bobcat hide sealed by the DOW, unlawful possession of a bobcat hide, unlawful possession of mule deer antlers with an enhanced penalty for their size, and unlawfully failing to notify the DOW within 48 hours for a roadkill permit. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

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