News in Brief
November 5, 2007
ASPEN ” The Aspen Police Department brought out loaded assault rifles in response to a call of men with guns in the Isis Theater.
“It is normal to see that?” asked Brad Silver, of Aspen, who called the police. “I don’t see people walking into movie theaters with rifles. You keep your rifles at home.”
The theater was nearly deserted about 5:30 p.m. Sunday when police officers walked in with rifles at ready, and the manager hadn’t seen any armed men buying tickets for a movie.
It was then that police realized the men might not have gone in to watch a movie. Rather, the men had gone into the apartments above the Isis. The entry door to the upstairs apartments is next to the Isis exit.
“Apparently, [the hunters] mentioned they had been hunting to the reporting party,” said Sgt. Bill Linn. “[Silver] didn’t realize they were going to the apartments, he thought they were going to a movie. It was just a misunderstanding, but it really frightened him initially.”
Linn said the hunters were still dressed in orange when he talked to them upstairs, and he said an officer with an automatic rifle didn’t curb their enthusiasm. They were returning from a day-long hunt in which they shot three elk, Linn said.
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“The only things they were a danger to were the elk,” Linn said. “So I guess they were successful.”
ASPEN ” The Aspen Recreation Center will host a Fall Fitness Open House from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Visitors can participate in a fitness demo, learn how to use the new fitness equipment, spin the wheel of fun to win prizes, and enjoy snacks and drinks. The open house is free and open to the public.
For complete event details, visit http://www.aspenrecreation.com or call 920-5140.
ASPEN ” Aspen Elks Lodge No. 224 invites veterans to its annual Veterans Day luncheon and program at noon Friday, Nov. 9.
The lodge will observe the 232nd birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Aspen Grove Cemetery flag pole. A luncheon will follow at the Hickory House. Marines and friends of the Marine Corps are invited.
A traditional Veterans Day ceremony will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Roaring Fork Valley Veterans Memorial, next to the Pitkin County Courthouse on Main Street in Aspen. Veterans will lay a memorial wreath, and the memorial flame will be lit. The public is invited. Veterans are encouraged to wear items of military memorabilia.
For more information, contact George Radakovich at (970) 242-0830, Dan Glidden at (970) 927-4183 or Dick Merritt at (970) 927-5178.