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An icy road topped by a thin layer of snow turned Highway 82 into a skating rink yesterday.

At least four accidents occurred in a 3.5-mile stretch of the highway between the LaFarge gravel pit and Blue Lake subdivision, according to authorities. All the wrecks happened at about 6:30 a.m.

Two people were taken to Valley View Hospital with minor injuries after their Ford F150 pickup rolled near the entrance to Blue Lake, according to Jerry Peetz, operations director for the Basalt Fire Department. No other information was immediately available from the Colorado State Patrol.

At about the same time, Carbondale and Basalt ambulances were called to the area near the LaFarge plant for a two-vehicle accident and a separate one-vehicle mishap, Peetz said.

As a Basalt crew returned to the fire station in El Jebel at the conclusion of those incidents, it encountered another vehicle that had slid into the ditch. No treatment was required.

“There were cars off the road all over the place,” said Peetz. “It was just a skating rink out there for a while.”

Then, around 3:45 p.m., a car accident in the Shale Bluffs area of Highway 82 caused up to an hour delay for X Games traffic. The accident caused a backup from Buttermilk to Brush Creek, according to sources.

A Colorado State Patrol spokeswoman said the accident was cleared by 4:30 p.m. There were no fatalities.

The scheduled appearance of the cast and creators of the TV show “Arrested Development” at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen has been canceled, festival producers announced. The cancellation was due to scheduling conflicts with key cast members.

Replacing the “Arrested Development” event will be an appearance by Seth MacFarlane, creator of the animated sitcom “Family Guy.” MacFarlane will appear for a live performance of his new animated series “American Dad,” which is scheduled to have its TV premiere Sunday, Feb. 6, following the Super Bowl on Fox.

“American Dad” centers around CIA agent Stan Smith. Joining MacFarlane, who does the voice of Stan, will be cast members Wendy Schaal, Rachael MacFarlane, Scott Grimes and Dee Bradley Baker. The cast will perform a live stage reading of an “American Dad” episode and give a behind-the-scenes look at the show’s creative process.

Tickets for the “Arrested Development” event will be honored at the “American Dad” program, which is scheduled for the same slot. Ticket holders have the option of exchanging their “Arrested Development” tickets for another show.

The 11th annual USCAF is scheduled for Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 9-13 in various Aspen venues. For a full schedule of events, go to

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