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News in Brief

ASPEN With wet, heavy snow blanketing the area, the Colorado Department of Transportation closed Independence Pass east of Aspen shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday.CDOTs website (www.cotrip.org) listed Independence Pass as closed until further notice, citing adverse weather.A CDOT recording also listed chain restrictions on commercial vehicles traveling along the Interstate corridor between Vail and Denver.

ASPEN Acting Aspen police chief Richard Pryor will meet with the public over coffee and doughnuts at 4 p.m. Thursday at Zl Caf.The police invites residents to discuss any issues with the police department. The community forum typically takes place every month.

EL JEBEL Wildlife officials are seeking the publics help in their investigation into the shooting of a red fox Sept. 30 in El Jebel.We have no leads, Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton said of the fox carcass a visitor found. The visitor was staying at a home along Valley Road near the old Mount Sopris Tree Farm property in El Jebel.The visitor found the fox the same day that local filmmaker Wayne Ewing complained to the Eagle County Sheriffs Office of shotgun blasts near his home.One of Ewings neighbors, Jason Killebrew, admitted to leading a party of hunters on Killebrews property, which drops away from Valley Road to a floodplain along the Roaring Fork River. Killebrew said they were hunting for waterfowl. Authorities concluded that Killebrew and his party were acting lawfully.The fox carcass was some distance from where the hunters said they were standing, and Killebrew and his party apparently are not suspects. It was shot a month before the season for red foxes and other small game opens on Nov. 1.Wildlife officer Kelly Wood responded to a call from the sheriffs office and determined that shotgun pellets killed the fox, Hampton said.Hampton asked that anyone with any information about the killing of the fox call Operation Game Thief, at (877) COLO-OGT (877-265-6648), on Verizon cell phones by dialing #OGT, or by e-mail at game.thief@state.co.us. (John Colson)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Colorado Department of Transportation crews is closing one lane on a 3-mile section of eastbound Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon for four weeks.Crews are sealing cracks on the stretch from mile marker 125.7 (east of the Hanging Lake Tunnel) as far as mile marker 130. The left (inside) lane will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays until as late as Nov. 13, CDOT officials said.The construction could cause minor delays, according to a CDOT press release.