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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 in 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 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). Call 930-5040.

A jazz group with an admittedly odd name will be playing at the Basalt Middle School auditorium on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., courtesy of The Valley Jazz Concert Series and the Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities.

The B.E.D. Jazz Quartet, featuring several internationally known musicians, also will be at Rick’s Steak House in Basalt for cocktails, appetizers and a little preconcert music by the Uptown Strutters, from 5 to 7 p.m.

According to Maury Allen, who, with popular valley jazz bandmaster Walt Smith, are among the organizers of the event, the B.E.D. Quartet took its name from the first names of three of the musicians in the group ” guitarist and singer Becky Kilgore, guitar and banjo virtuoso Eddie “Fast Eddie” Erickson, and trombonist Dan Barrett.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call CCAH at 963-2123.

The town’s “hot pots” in the Colorado River are not going anywhere.

Rocky Parks, of Glenwood Springs, stood on the side of an Interstate 70 on-ramp last week holding two cardboard signs that read, “Save the hot pots,” and “Keep the springs in Glenwood Springs,” for drivers turning onto the eastbound on-ramp.

Just 100 feet up the ramp from Parks a Colorado Department of Transportation crew and crane worked to replace a culvert that runs under the ramp and sends warm water into “hot pots” in the Colorado River.

The culvert the crews were replacing is owned by CDOT but carries the warm water discharge from the Hot Springs Pool.

The hot pots, small pools of water built by locals with rocks in the river, is a popular spot.

Parks and another man thought CDOT was going to destroy the hot pots.

In fact, CDOT had not come to destroy the hot pots, but to replace the culvert and repair the eroded river bank, said CDOT engineer Bill Crawford.


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