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District has new assistant superintendentASPEN The Aspen School District has a new assistant superintendent.John Maloy, who reportedly has more than 25 years of experience as a teacher and an administrator, will replace former Assistant Superintendent Bev Tarpley, who left at the end of the 2006-07 school year to take a job in the Colorado Springs area.Maloy’s selection was formally endorsed by the Aspen School Board at a meeting on July 26.According to a district official, Maloy spent most of his career in Indiana, first as a teacher and then as a building administrator and finally at district administration posts, including a stint as superintendent.His most recent job reportedly was working as a private sector educational specialist.Maloy is to be on the job starting next week, according to Superintendent Diana Sirko.Want to serve on the school board?ASPEN Two seats on the Aspen School Board will be up for grabs on Nov. 6, and the election process begins Aug. 8 when nominating petitions will be available at the district office.The open seats currently are held by incumbents Laura Kornasiewicz and Sally Hansen, both of whom are eligible to run for another four-year term.To qualify for election, a candidate must have been a registered elector and resident of the school district for at least a year prior to the election date, and anyone who has ever been convicted of a sexual offense involving a child is automatically disqualified from running, according to the district office.Nomination petitions will be available at the Aspen School District Superintendent’s Office between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Aug. 8, and are to be returned with the necessary number of signatures by 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 21, according to Angela Rittenhouse, the school district’s designated election official.Harvest Fest returns in AugustCARBONDALE Sustainable Settings, a Carbondale nonprofit research center, is recommending early registration for its upcoming fourth annual Harvest Festival, set for Aug. 18-19.With the theme “Ideas for a Durable Future,” the Harvest Festival will include speakers on sustainable agriculture, energy conservation and holistic veterinary practices; a wine tasting of the organic products of the Jack Rabbit Hill Winery; and a dinner-dance on Sunday night.The dinner-dance will feature meats from Sustainable Settings and produce from regional organic farms, and music by the Last Minute String Band.For more information, e-mail Sustainable Settings at or call 963-6107.Attempted murder leads to Avon arrestAVON An illegal immigrant who allegedly tried to strangle his ex-girlfriend to death was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder Wednesday, said detective Paul Arnold of the Avon Police Department. Gustavo Adolfo Aparicio Romero, 19, of Honduras, saw Dania Carolina Martinez-Nunez, 21, of Honduras, in Nottingham park and approached her with an orange box cutter or drywall knife around noon, Arnold said.He then tried to drag her to his car, but she broke free and ran back toward her mother’s apartment in West Lake Village, Arnold said. Romero caught up to her in a stairwell in the complex and tried to strangle her, Arnold said. “She was scared for her life,” Arnold said. “She thought he was going to kill her.”Martinez-Nunez had scrapes and scratches on her neck, bite marks and a bump on her head and was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center, where she was treated and released, Arnold said.Romero was being transported to the Eagle County jail Wednesday night and U.S. Immigrations and Customs will make sure he stays in custody, Arnold said. (Vail Daily)