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New TV station to show government meetingsLocal governments have launched a new television station to broadcast their meetings. All government meetings and government-initiated programs in Pitkin County, the city of Aspen and the town of Snowmass Village are now airing on local cable television Channel 11.The addition of Channel 11 comes in response to a growing need for more airtime by the three government entities and by GrassRoots TV. Thats good news for the community television station.Original programming on GrassRoots has exploded, said GrassRoots TV Executive Director John Masters. Channel 11 is provided for free by Comcast Cable Co. as part of a franchise agreement with Pitkin County. Government programming on Channel 11 will consist mostly of live and rebroadcast meetings. The remaining airtime will be filled with government bulletin board information as well as additional government-initiated programing.Suit claims bartender hit woman with bottleA Leadville man and woman are suing a bartender and his former employer, the Ute City Bar & Grill, alleging that the bartender hit the woman in the head with a large glass water bottle two years ago during an argument.Listed in Oksana and William Burkhardts lawsuit are the bartender, Joseph Ciri, of Basalt, and Maurices at the Ute Inc., which owns and operates the restaurant, according to court papers filed Friday in Pitkin County District Court.The alleged incident happened Feb. 1, 2003, at the Hyman Avenue restaurant.In 10 claims for relief, the lawsuit says the incident has led to Oksana Burkhardt enduring bodily injury, pain and suffering, economic loss and mental anguish. It also says she has shown long, continued emotional disturbance and that William Burkhardt has suffered loss of consortium.The plaintiffs, who are seeking a jury trial, are asking for a damage amount to be determined at trial. They are being represented by Leadville lawyer Seth Murphy.Messages left with Ciri and Maurice Courtier, owner of Maurices at the Ute, were not returned yesterday.
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