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Highlands hosts clinic SaturdayASPEN The Aspen Times Town Race Series kicks off Saturday with a free race clinic at Aspen Highlands.Tache Racing invites snowboarders, telemarkers and alpine skiers to hone their skills before the racing begins in January. Registration will take place at Crust, on the Highlands Village mall, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The clinic starts at the top of the Thunderbowl Lift at 10:15 a.m. and wraps up at 3 p.m. A race series sign-up party follows at Zane’s (the former McStorlie’s) in Aspen with free beer, snacks and raffles.The clinic kicks off the longest-running town race series in the country. It will include three giant slalom competitions and three slalom races over the course of the winter, as well as a super G and a downhill in February.Skiers and boarders of all levels are welcome. Recreational participants (boarders, skiers, telemarkers) compete on Sundays; experienced ski racer compete Saturdays in the advanced league.The first race, a giant slalom, takes place Jan. 6-7. The event will also feature a single-day competition for restaurant workers and bartenders.For more information, visit aspensnowmass.com/ racing or call 544-3005.Groups honor state senatorThe Civil Air Patrol and the Colorado National Guard honored State Sen. Lewis Entz, R-Hooper, for his years of service and assistance to the organizations.The Guard gave Entz its Colorado Meritorious Service medal for his “commitment to military issues throughout his nearly 20 years in public office,” according to a statement from the Senate Republicans’ office.Entz received the Exceptional Service Award from the Civil Air Patrol because he “continuously championed the cause and budget of the Division with the General Assembly and successfully sponsored legislation that clarified the roles and mission of the Wing and the Division,” according to the adjutant general of the National Guard.As legislative squadron commander and legislative director for the organizations, Entz improved relations between the Legislature and the Civil Air Patrol.Entz, who represented Aspen for one term before losing to Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village in the November general election, will leave office in January.Fitzsimmons Motors changing handsEL JEBEL The 33-year-old Fitzsimmons Motors in El Jebel is in the final stages of a sale to an unnamed buyer, according to owner Judy Fitzsimmons.Fitzsimmons, whose husband, Peter, died several years ago, said she could not discuss any details until the deal is complete. But she did reveal that the buyer has no plans to continue operating a gas station on the property.Fitzsimmons said she shuttered the business a couple of weeks ago in anticipation of the completion of the sale. The gas station, garage and car wash is perched on a wedge of land between Highway 82 and Valley Road just west of the El Jebel light.Assessor staff stays on boardGLENWOOD SPRINGS Little staff turnover is occurring in the Garfield County Assessor’s Office as newcomer John Gorman prepares to take office since defeating incumbent Shannon Hurst in November’s election.Hurst said only one person on the office’s 17-person staff has resigned. That person, Bud Thompson, was involved in assessing the oil and gas industry.Thompson is leaving for a job working for the Bureau of Land Management in Meeker, where he lives.Gorman said Hurst has been helpful, and the bulk of the transition is being handled by deputy assessor Lisa Warder, who will remain in that job.The office has been in the middle of its reappraisal process, which it does every two years. Notices of valuation are scheduled to go out to property owners on May 1. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)