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ASPEN Carol Alexy, who walked out of her trial on charges of illegally camping on open space and then did not show up at a March 9 pre-sentence hearing, was arrested Thursday at the Pitkin County Library on a Failure To Appear warrant.She was to be held at the Pitkin County Jail overnight on a $1,250 bond, and to appear in Pitkin County Court Friday.Alexy, who is homeless in Aspen, took the spotlight after she was Tasered by an Aspen Police Officer and the ensuing investigation cost the officer her job.Alexy waived her rights to a lawyer at her trial Feb. 22. But after some courtroom antics – Alexy asked for a Bible to “clear” the room – she then summarily stormed out of the courtroom, declaring the proceeding over “by the power invested in me.”Judge Paul Metzger continued the trial in Alexy’s absence, and a jury of three found her guilty of the five charges.

EL JEBEL The Eagle County commissioners will be available for an open discussion with their Roaring Fork Valley constituents starting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the Eagle County Community Center in El Jebel.The commissioners will tour the McNulty ranch in Missouri Heights for a possible open space purchase. While they are in the neighborhood, they will make themselves available to talk about any topic constituents raise.

EAGLE COUNTY Five years ago, the towns of Eagle and Gypsum were getting their first traffic lights. These days, both towns have traffic lights, roundabouts … and peak-hour traffic congestion.The need for significant road improvements, and a lack of adequate funding are issues both downvalley communities share. The cash-strapped Colorado Department of Transportation doesn’t have the money on hand for the kind of road improvements that are needed. In the past week, officials from the two towns and Eagle County sat down together to identify common solutions to traffic problems.The local governments are considering a joint study to explore the legal mechanics of setting up a Transportation Authority District. That study would identify needed transportation improvements from Eagle to Gypsum (including unincorporated Eagle County), and would identify potential revenue sources and bonding ability.Formation of a transportation authority, and any bonding for financing future projects, would be subject to voter approval.The theory is, that if the local communities can pull together some sort of cash contribution, federal and state transportation agencies might be more enthusiastic about co-funding projects.A sore point for all three local government entities is the collapse of funding for the long-promised airport interchange off of Intestate 70. The state promised that interchange for many years, but then, several years ago, announced that there was no funding. Estimates for the project, which would connect Interstate 70 with Cooley Mesa Road, range from $65 million to $125 million. (Eagle Valley Enterprise).


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