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ASPEN Aspen police arrested a man who had been living here on a California warrant for resisting arrest and having a concealed weapon Wednesday morning. Police said the charges are potentially more serious because the man was allegedly involved in gang activity. Jesse James Coleman, 22, was stopped in Aspen at 2:57 a.m. because his car had expired tags. He was allegedly driving on a suspended license, and there was a warrant for his arrest on three felony charges and one misdemeanor.The charges include street gang activity, resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon. The concealed weapon charge is a misdemeanor, but since Aspen police said he is a convicted felon, there is an added concealed weapon felony.

PITKIN COUNTY Pitkin County commissioners on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to John Wilcox, owner of the Pine Creek Cookhouse, to add one more employee unit to his property.The redevelopment of Ashcroft Ski Touring/Pine Creek Cookhouse, forced Wilcox to build affordable on-site housing, but the planned units are not enough – and he has been hunting for more employee units off-site.After trying to buy employer units in the valley, – as well as housing credits from a development at Aspen Highlands – Wilcox said he couldn’t find an affordable space.Commissioners granted Wilcox an extension of six months to build what is approved near the restaurant, and he’ll come back to the board in 60 days after exploring the possibility of adding one more affordable unit to the project.”We as a board would like to see a resolution to this long saga,” said Commissioner Michael Owsley.

ASPEN Aspen invites the public to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, with local events for the entire family.The day begins with the Earth Day 10K and Eco Adventure 2K walk coinciding with a cleanup of Aspen’s parks. After the racing and cleaning is complete, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies invites everyone to ACES, 100 Puppy Smith St., for the Earth Day Fair with information booths and a picnic lunch for racers and volunteers.The day’s events culminate at the Belly Up nightclub from 5-10 p.m. with a slide show, student choirs and bands, Michael Jude, John Michel and Jason Perrin.For more information about the Aspen Earth Day Celebration, call Dylan Hoffman at 429-2884.

ASPEN The Aspen Historical Society announces its conversion to offseason hours with the closure of the Wheeler-Stallard Museum, the archives, and the Holden-Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum from Sunday, April 15, through Monday, June 11.This also means that the last day to check out the current exhibits, “Crystal Memories: Fifty Years of Palace Shenanigans,” “Aspen Under Glass: Early Photography, 1890-1920”, and “Corsets, Hatpins, and Petticoats: A Journey into the Finery of Victorian Elegance,” will be April 14.During the offseason, staff will still keep regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays, and will try and accommodate special tour and visit requests. On June 12, both museums and the archives will reopen with museum hours 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and archive hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.The group will install new exhibits in the Wheeler-Stallard Museum over the break and has plans for a summer schedule full of new camps for children, plus a variety of historic tours, educational programs and special events.


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