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News in brief

GrassRoots TV12 will host its third annual Aspen Poker Championship beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Jimmy’s An American Restaurant and Bar in downtown Aspen.

First place will win a seat at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas in 2008, a prize worth $10,000. There is an 80-player maximum, and no buy-in is necessary.

“This is an essential fundraiser for GrassRoots TV12. With the generous contributions of the participants, it will allow us to continue our mission and provide the community the ability to freely communicate,” said John Masters, the executive director of GrassRoots.

Other poker players also have a chance to win such prizes as a Marantz 42-inch plasma television from Audio Edge ($4,900 value); a week vacation at Siesta Breakers in Sarasota, Fla., airfare included ($2,500 value); a full day at Aspen Racing Sports Car Club ($1,475 value); an Aspen Golf Club 20-punch pass for 2008 ($500 value); an Aspen Club and Spa package ($475 value); a two-night stay at the Independence Square from Frias Properties ($500 value); and an Aspen Recreation Center 20-punch pass ($300 value).

For more details, call GrassRoots at 925-8000, ext. 17.

The city of Aspen’s forester announced Tuesday that the beetles attacking local pine trees have flown away for the season.

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The city recommends completing preventative spraying next year before July. Trees that beetles hit this year should be monitored for health in the spring and early summer of 2008. If infested trees are dying, they must be removed before the beetles fly from them late July through August next year, the city said.

The Puppy Smith trailhead to the Rio Grande Trail will be closed for repaving from Thursday, Sept. 6, through Friday, Sept. 21. Detours will be provided.