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News in Brief

We found your wallet … you’re under arrestASPEN Someone turned in a wallet found on the mall to Aspen Police on Saturday. Police peeked inside the wallet, where they found a bindle with trace amounts of cocaine.When Anderson Silva, 22, came to claim his wallet at the police station Sunday, police arrested him for possession of cocaine. “He forgot it was in there, he said, ‘Oh yeah, I did have that in there,'” said Sgt. Steve Smith. “He’s just sitting in jail right now. He’ll have a chance to talk to judge tomorrow, or he may bond out.”Silva, from somewhere in South America, is in jail on a $2,500 bond. According to Smith, there are no immigration issues associated with the arrest.

Diamond bracelet lost on Aspen MountainASPEN The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking leads on a missing diamond bracelet. The bracelet, lost Saturday night on Aspen Mountain, is wide-banded with diamonds set in platinum. A woman attending a wedding there was feeling unwell and realized the bracelet was missing while having her blood pressure taken by a medic at the top of the mountain. Employees and rangers searched the area and found nothing.If you have information about the bracelet, call the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office at 920-5400.

State forest funding begins to flowState funding for forest health projects is on the way, with grant applications available Monday on the Colorado State Forest Service website, http://csfs.colostate.edu.The completed applications are due the third week in July, said the CSF’s Joe Duda. After review by a technical committee, the grants will be awarded by mid-August, Duda said.House Bill 1130 authorized up to $1 million per year for the next five years. The state funds will pay up to 60 percent of the cost of a project. The remaining funds can come from any other source, including in-kind contributions, Duda said.With the funding for the first year coming out of the Colorado Water Conservancy pot, projects must address the protection of community water supplies, Duda said.”Something that would float to the top would be covered under a community wildfire protection plan and has been identified as a critical area for water supplies and community infrastructure,” Duda said. It also helps to have some use in mind for the skinny logs that come out of the forest while leaving large, healthy trees, he added. The funding is targeted toward collaborative projects that could include neighborhoods, homeowners associations and municipalities. (Summit Daily News)


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