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Officials from the ESPN Winter X Games and the Aspen Skiing Co. announced yesterday that Winter X Games Ten will be held Jan. 28-31, 2006, at Buttermilk Mountain.

It will mark the fifth consecutive year that Buttermilk has hosted the X Games. The games feature events in skiing, snowboarding, motorcycling and snowmobiling.

Last year, the X Games drew an estimated 69,750 fans to Buttermilk. Additionally, prime-time telecasts of Winter X Nine were viewed in an average of 677,000 households.

The current agreement between ESPN and the Skico calls for the X Games to remain in Aspen through 2007 for Winter X Games Eleven.

Spring Jam will return to Aspen later this month, as will a stage at the corner of Cooper Avenue and Galena Street, across from Paradise Bakery.

The band for this year’s March 19 outdoor concert has not yet been announced, but the City Council gave its blessing to the event Monday, approving the necessary closure of the streets and a noise variance that will let the music play until 11 p.m.

Also planned is a big air contest at the base of Aspen Mountain on Friday, March 18 and a Rail Revolution jibbing exhibition on the lower Gondola Plaza on Saturday, March 19 before the concert.

Heavy earthmovers were spotted at the development formerly known as Sanders Ranch Wednesday. But it’s not what you think.

According to Bair Chase spokesman Jim Wells, the earthmovers are there to bury about 4,000 feet of pipeline that will carry the Glenwood Ditch through the property, not for construction of the Bair Chase development.

“We have a fairly tight window” to complete the work, Wells said. “We have some shares in the ditch and we’re obligated (to the ditch company) to provide water to users by April 15 when the headgates are raised and the water begins flowing for spring irrigation.)

The 281-acre ranch five miles south of Glenwood Springs at Cattle Creek has received all its approvals for a planned unit development, said county planner Fred Jarman.

Approved in 2004, the development calls for an 18-hole golf course, 48 single-family lots, 48 multifamily residences, 14 lodging units and 120 affordable-housing units, Wells said. Plans also include a 54-acre conservation easement along Cattle Creek and the Roaring Fork River where it runs through the property that will preclude development.

But there are no immediate plans to begin construction.

“I have no information on the timing,” Wells said.

In 2000 hundreds of residents turned out at county commissioner meetings to protest the project, which called for 500 houses and 700,000 square feet of commercial development. County commissioners voted that proposal down.

In 2002, developers renamed the project Bair Chase Golf and Rod Club, after the ranch’s original owners, Elmer Bair and Clyde Chase.

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