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ASPEN The Aspen Youth Center will receive a $5,000 grant Thursday, June 21 in conjunction with the Ride the Rockies bike tour’s swing through Aspen.The presentation will take place at 4:30 p.m. as part of a Ride the Rockies cycling seminar at Aspen Elementary School.The Post-News Community/Ride the Rockies grant program invited nonprofits from host towns on the 2007 tour to apply for funding. One organization in each of seven communities won the $5,000 award.The grant program is a way to thank towns for providing resources that help make the popular bike tour run smoothly as it passes through. Since its inception in 2001, the program has distributed more than $300,000.This year’s Ride the Rockies will swing through Aspen for the first time since 1986. Bicyclists will spend the night of June 21 in Aspen, before pedaling over Independence Pass to Leadville the next day.Aspen Elks plan Flag Day ceremonyThe Aspen Elks Lodge will host a ceremony in observance of Flag Day at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14.The ceremony will take place in the patio area of the Elks building; a cookout will follow. The public is welcome at both.Attendees may bring old, worn flags; lodge members will make sure they are properly retired.Jury convicts meth ringleaderCOLORADO SPRINGS An El Paso County jury Tuesday convicted one of the ringleaders of a large methamphetamine operation that stretched from here through Grand Junction, Colo. to Phoenix. Thomas OHara, 40, of Colorado Springs was convicted of distributing methamphetamines and being part of a conspiracy. The jury deliberated for less than two hours. OHara is the last defendant to be tried after the DEAs Western Colorado Task Force busted up a methamphetamine ring in March 2006 that moved up to 50 pounds of the highly addictive drug a month. He was at the top of the chain, said Mesa County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein after the verdict was read. Its OHaras fourth felony conviction, which means a judge will likely find him to be a habitual criminal and sentence him to four times the normal range 96 years.The ring leader of the operation, Stephen Parsons of Grand Junction, was sentenced to 24 years of prison in October. (The Gazette)


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