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Man hurt in knife fightBASALT Basalt police are investigating a weekend fight that left a midvalley man with knife cuts on his face, arms and back.There was no report of the incident, but an officer learned of the fight Monday while on patrol, said Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda.The disturbance began late Saturday or early Sunday at El Horizonte restaurant. The number of combatants is unknown, but it was more than two people.”The parties were kicked out of the restaurant, and the fight took place in front of Basalt Bike and Ski,” Ikeda said. The bike shop is south of the restaurant on Midland Avenue.Police learned the identity of the injured man – who lives along Highway 82 near the Blue Lake subdivision. He declined medical treatment and said he didn’t want to press charges against his attacker, according to Ikeda.Ikeda said all the men involved in the fight were Latino: “Race wasn’t an issue,” he said.The department is continuing to pursue the case despite the wishes of the victim.Historical society hosts big bashASPEN The guardians of Aspen’s history are planning a party to introduce a new initiative to preserve the town’s links to its past, and to showcase one of those links.On Sunday, July 1, the Aspen Historical Society, along with Coates, Reid and Waldron, and ResortQuest, is hosting a community party from 1-4 p.m. on the grounds of the Wheeler/Stallard Museum – now known as Ruth Whyte Park.The party is to honor Kay and Roy Reid, and kick off the society’s “Archive the Good Old Days” capital campaign. Everyone is invited to the free event, which will feature live music, free food and drinks, games, a silent auction and informational tents about the Reids and Aspen Historical Society sponsorship opportunities.The party will honor Kay and Roy Reid for the role they have played in the development of modern Aspen. Reid Realty was one of the first real estate offices in modern Aspen, opening its doors in the 1950s and eventually becoming Coates, Reid and Waldron, one of the most successful businesses in town.A second tent will feature information about the group’s “Archive the Good Old Days” restoration project. This capital campaign is an effort to raise money for remodeling the Carriage House annex next to the main museum building.In keeping with a theme encouraging sustainability instead of consumption, the party will use real plates instead of paper or styrofoam, metal utensils instead of plastic (though the ice cream spoons look plastic, they are actually compostable), and cloth napkins and sturdy “stadium cups” that can be taken as souvenirs.The Aspen Historical Society is at 620 W. Bleeker, and the phone number is 925-3721.Eagle County enacts burning restrictionsEAGLE COUNTY The Eagle County Sheriffs Office has placed restrictions on open burning, effective Saturday, joining surrounding agencies in responding to the increasingly dry conditions and escalating wildfire danger.The restrictions ban fires on all nonfederal lands, with the exception of those in fire pits equipped with a grate. Cooking on gas-fueled stoves and grills is still permitted.Citizens are urged to use caution when smoking, confining their embers to the inside of vehicles or buildings, back yards and developed recreation sites. The use of fireworks and other explosive devices is banned, and violators may face a class-four felony charge.Eagle County, which includes El Jebel and part of Basalt in the Roaring Fork Valley, joins Mesa, Garfield, Pitkin and Summit counties in enacting burning restrictions. The restrictions are also in place in the White River National Forest, which surrounds the valley, and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Managements Glenwood Springs field office.And the Silver Pen Award goes toASPEN The Aspen Times has decided to recognize our finest letter writers with a monthly Silver Pen Award. We’ll take a look at the letters to the editor printed each month and pick the best – whether that’s because it’s particularly well-informed, well-written, or just more pithy or witty than all of the rest. The monthly winner will receive an Aspen Times pen, and will be one of the 12 people in the running each June for the Freddie Fisher Irreverent Wit “Fishwit” Prize, in cooperation with the Aspen Historical Society. The prize is awarded each year on Fisher’s birthday in honor of the longtime local who exceeded at writing regular letters to the newspaper.To enter, simply write a letter to the editor. As usual, our writing guidelines call for letters that are less than 500 words, include the writer’s name, address and phone number (for verification, not for publication.) E-mail letters to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Letter to the Editor” in the subject box, so it is easily distinguishable from the junk mail we receive. Or, mail or hand-deliver your letter to The Aspen Times at 310 E. Main Street, Aspen, CO 81611.
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