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ASPEN The Aspen Saturday Market returns this week, with an assortment of agricultural vendors and artisans selling their products in their usual spot – the block of Hopkins Avenue next to City Hall and an adjacent half-block of Hunter Street.The weekly market continues through Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.Roughly 16 agricultural vendors and 40-some local artisans have signed on to participate, including one additional grower of organic produce. A spring cold snap might have taken out some of the fruit harvest in the Paonia area, but the Grand Valley crop is reportedly in good shape.The market offers arts and crafts, along with fresh produce, fruits, pasta and sauces, meats, flowers, wine, cheeses and such.Live music and cooking demonstrations will also be part of the market. Chef Matthew Zubrod of Dish Aspen is scheduled to kick things off at 11 a.m. Saturday, demonstrating the preparation of a salad using produce from the market and locally produced honey. He’ll be at the corner of Hopkins and Hunter.

ASPEN A destructive insect called willow scale is attacking aspen and narrowleaf cottonwood trees in Aspen, and the city is urging homeowners to take immediate action.The pest is grayish in color and can be found on trunks and branches of infected trees. The insects are predominantly stationary and can be gently scraped off with a fingernail. The city is managing the insect in parks and public areas, and is urging homeowners to control pest on their property before more trees are destroyed.Homeowners should contact an arborist, or the city forester at 920-5120, for more information.

EAGLE Lawns at the Eagle County Building in Eagle need a lot of water – not to mention upkeep by carbon-emitting mowers.That’s why Tom Johnson, public works director for the county, and other county workers are putting together a plan to cut water use in half by xeriscaping the grounds of the county building.Xeriscaping uses grasses, flowers and other plants – plus rocks and mulch -that need less water and are more resistant to drought. The county’s goal is to use half as much water for the county building’s landscaping. The idea has been under consideration for a while, Johnson said.Pedro Campos, a landscape engineer, said xeriscaping is becoming more and more popular in Eagle County, especially since the 2002 drought.”It’s pretty much a growing trend across the United States,” said Campos, who works for VAg architects in Avon and is helping the county come up with its xeriscaping plan.The xeriscaping efforts may eventually spread to the Justice Center and the Golden Eagle Senior Center, Johnson said. (Vail Daily)

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