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ASPEN Former President Bill Clinton will appear at the Rocky Mountain Institute’s 25th anniversary celebration next month, the institute announced Thursday. Clinton will participate in RMI25: Celebrating Solutions, scheduled Aug. 9-10. Activities over a two-day period include a free, public RMI Quest for Solutions presentation as well as an all-day symposium in Aspen and a gala at the Peace Ranch in Basalt.In addition to Clinton, the gala will feature some 20 other luminaries, including Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, Christine Loh of Hong Kong’s Civic Exchange and Boston Scientific co-founder John Abele.More information is available and tickets are available by visitingwww.rmi.org/rmi25.
ASPEN Aspen police stopped all heavy trucks coming into Aspen on Thursday morning and pulled licenses for three. Those trucks will need to get fixed before they can return as a commercial vehicle. This is the second time police have set up a point of entry near the roundabout and stopped all commercial trucks. The first dragnet netted one arrest and pulled two unsafe vehicles off the road. Aspen police spokesman Bill Linn said the public can expect numerous more checks during the summer.
ASPEN Regardless of how hot it is this summer, city officials want people to wear long sleeves and pants.That’s because it’s West Nile virus season.And although Aspen has historically had less risk of the virus than other areas, predominately because of cool nights and high elevation, the risk is still present. Aspen has not had a case of the virus, but City Hall’s Environmental Health Department continues to monitor for mosquitoes known to carry West Nile. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has warned that a human outbreak of West Nile virus could be worse this summer than the 2003 outbreak in Colorado was hit hard. There were 2,794 cases resulting in 63 deaths. Although there are fewer mosquitoes this year, more mosquitoes are infected. City officials suggest wearing long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk, and when going to areas where mosquitoes are active. They also suggest wearing insect repellent and draining all standing water every week to eliminate mosquito breeding areas, especially gutters, flower pots, bird baths, tires, tin cans and toys. To find out more, contact the environmental health department at 920-5039, or go to http://www.fightthebitecolorado.com
ASPEN Aspen’s public-access channel just got more accessible.GrassRoots TV is now available downtown via a translator on channel 19. GrassRoots TV and Community Government TV is available on translator channel 21.GrassRoots TV is available via Comcast cable on channel 12, and CGTV is on channel 11. Those cable TV channels are free. Neither GrassRoots TV nor CGTV is available on satellite, but GrassRoots TV12 is available via live stream at http://www.grassrootstv.org
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