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DENVER A recent report of a jewel heist was merely a case of incompetence, and a valuable box of jewels is back with its owners, Aspen police said. The Piranesi store on Cooper Avenue, reported a large amount of merchandise missing on Tuesday. However, not even police were told how valuable the jewels were. According to police, Brinks was shipping two boxes of jewelry from the store in Aspen to the sister store in New York City. However, one of the boxes was accidentally left in the Brinks vault in Denver, APD said.A Piranesi representative in New York refused to comment on what the box contained or how much the jewels inside were worth. However, a fashion website showing Piranesi jewelry listed a single pair of earrings for $33,000 and a small animal brooch for $11,000. Elks honor essay winnersASPEN On April 25, the Elks Lodge held a dinner to honor the winners of its annual essay contest, open to all fifth- and sixth-graders in the valley from Carbondale to Aspen. This year, the theme was “Why I am Proud to be an American.”The Elks are announced three winners, all fifth-graders from Aspen Middle School: Alex Hoover placed first, Luke O’Callaghan placed second, and Max Bryant placed third. Their essays are now in the state competition. The Elks Club honored the trio with a dinner, where the students presented their essays to the club members, who received savings bonds. The young men now move on to compete at the state and national levels.Dillon eyes marina expansionDILLON, Colo. Work on a long-awaited plan to map out future growth at Dillon’s popular marina will begin next month.The Dillon Town Council voted Tuesday evening to sign to contract with Madison, Wisc.-based consultants JJR, although the council hasn’t yet decided how it will pay for the approximately $100,000 project.The master plan, which is expected to take about five months to complete, is meant to be a road map for the marina’s future and to be integrated with the town’s long-range economic revitalization plans, marina manager Bob Evans wrote in a report to the council.It will address issues related to economic impact, downtown/business district parking and pedestrian circulation, shoreline development practices, environmental sustainability and community priorities.On busy weekends, it’s not unusual for cars to spill out of the marina parking lot onto the shoulder of Lodgepole Drive. In the past, the town has discussed options to fix the parking problems, such as building a structure in place of the existing tiered, dirt rows of parking above the marina. The master plan should provide guidance on parking solutions.Another concept being discussed for the marina is the addition of a 2,400-square-foot wharf to cover the dry, cracked lakebed exposed in low water years, and to provide additional space for events and boat storage.Consultants will gather input from homeowners, marina users, slip holders, yacht club members and Tiki Bar patrons during the planning process, Evans said.On Tuesday the council mulled three payment options for the plan – taking the money from the marina reserve fund, from the economic development revitalization fund or out of proceeds from a $1 million loan that town took out last year to fund various capital and economic development projects – but opted to move forward with the contract and delay the final decision on funding. (Summit Daily News)
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