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ASPEN ” The Entrance to Aspen will be the focus of an informational meeting and comment session from 5-6: 30 p.m. Wednesday in the Rio Grande Room (the former youth cen­ter).

A city staffer will give a short presenta­tion about the status of the re- evaluation of old plans for the Entrance, what the city has heard from the public thus far, and what’s next.

Those who plan to attend should R.S.V.P. to Mitzi Rapkin at mitzir@ci.aspen.co.us or call 920-5082.

ASPEN ” Directional trail signs at either end of the pedestrian/ bike bridge that connects the Marolt Open Space to town at Seventh Street are an target for vandals.

Fourteen signs, at either end of the span, have been ripped down or destroyed during three recent vandalism sprees. Some wind up in Castle Creek at the bot­tom of the gorge until Parks Department staffers fish them out.

Each sign costs the city about $65 to produce, according to Austin Weiss, city trails coordinator.

The city is asking any witnesses to con­tact the Parks Department or the police.

ASPEN ” Aspen’s City Council postponed a pres­entation on the proposed Lodge at Aspen Mountain on Monday night.

Two council members cannot vote on the project because of conflicts of interest, meaning the plan needs unanimous approval by the other three to pass. But one of those three, Councilman J.E. DeVilbiss, was not at the meeting, so the council will review the project again April 9.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A woman who violated conditions of her probation for stealing about $ 250,000 from an orthodontist was sentenced Friday to three years in a community corrections program.

A probation officer wrote in an arrest warrant that Cheryl Dunlap violated proba­tion by failing to report to probation, fail­ing to get a job, refusing mental health counseling and failing to make a single direct deposit payment for restitution. Dun­lap was sentenced to three years in a com­munity corrections program in Alamosa.

Dunlap was originally sentenced in Feb­ruary 2005 to 75 days in jail, 15 years’ pro­bation and to pay $252,087 in restitution for money she was convicted of stealing from Glenwood Springs orthodontist John Traul. She had been accused of stealing the money by writing 111 bogus checks on Traul’s account from 1999 to 2004 while she was his bookkeeper. She also worked for the Colorado River Water District until 2004. She had faced charges of theft of more than $15,000.

Traul said previously he would be sur­prised if he was repaid any amount even close to the quarter-million. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)


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