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ASPEN Aspen police responded to a report of a burglary at the Hickory House restaurant at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.Police said burglars stole a case of beer from a cooler and made off with the Hickory House truck, which was recovered at 5:30 a.m. at Watson Divide and Highway 82.The vehicle was damaged, but there were no reports of the extent of the damage.The incident is under investigation, and police and restaurant staff were tight-lipped about the incident. But Hickory House manager Brian Jack said, “It could have been worse.”

BASALT If you see smoke rising from Basalt Mountain over the next few days, don’t worry about it. The fire is a prescribed burn federal and local firefighters are tending to.The burn started Wednesday afternoon and produced smoke visible from Blue Lake and other parts of the midvalley by 3 p.m.The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit will target 1,200 acres on Basalt Mountain over the next few days. The Roaring Fork burn, as the fire has been dubbed, might be the most intense at the beginning of next week, according to White River National Forest spokeswoman Sally Spaulding.The blaze is intended to improve wildlife habitat and enhance defensible space around rural and urban communities by reducing vegetation.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS The first step toward getting a child into a Roaring Fork School District kindergarten class is coming up soon.The district has scheduled a series of meetings in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt, to provide parents with information and registration dates at the district’s elementary schools.Glenwood Springs Elementary School will host a Kindergarten Parent Information Night at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the school, 915 School St. Sopris Elementary School, also in Glenwood Springs, will hold its Kindergarten Parent Information Night at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. The school is at 1150 Mount Sopris Drive in south Glenwood.The Kindergarten Roundup Day for registration in Glenwood Springs will take place on April 13. Roundup times are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Glenwood Springs Elementary and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sopris. Crystal River Elementary School, 160 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale, will host a Kindergarten Information Night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12.Basalt Elementary School, at 151 E. Cottonwood Drive, will host a Kindergarten Parent Information Night at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 14. Carbondale Community School, a charter school that serves students from across the Roaring Fork School District, has an April 20 deadline for applications. If more applications come in by that deadline than there are spaces for students, the school will hold a lottery May 3 and create a waiting list.Ross Montessori Charter School, also in Carbondale, is accepting applications for 36 spaces in its two kindergarten classes until May 4, with a lottery follow if more than 36 applications come in before the deadline. The school accepts applications after the May 4 deadline, but they go to the end of a waiting list.Free childcare is available during parent information meetings. Kindergarten program tours are available at the schools by appointment.


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