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ASPEN The death of Sheila Saghatoleslami, 41, of Aspen, on Oct. 12, was ruled an overdose Thursday by the Pitkin County coroner.The report states she died of cocaine toxicity secondary to polysubstance abuse. The death has been ruled accidental. Saghatoleslami was found dead in her East Hopkins Avenue apartment by a family member, according to police. Saghatoleslami was a lifelong Aspenite. Her father, Sirous, owned the Tippler nightclub, where The Residences at Little Nell are being built. He also owned Bentleys from 1981 to 1989.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Garfield County officials took the first step necessary Wednesday night to allow construction of solar-power generation facilities.The Garfield County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a text amendment to the county land-use code to allow solar farms and establish standards for such facilities. The land-use code prohibits uses that arent specifically defined as allowable. Solar-power generation facilities werent on the list of allowed uses.The planning commission recommended that the county commissioners define solar-power generation facilities as a possible use.Were trying not to preclude these projects where appropriate, said Garfield County Planning Director Fred Jarman.Specific projects still will require a special-use permit, he said.The proponents of a solar farm in Carbondale sought the text amendment allowing solar-power generation facilities in Garfield County. A team led by the Aspen Skiing Co. wants to erect a solar electric facility on the campus of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School.Solar panel arrays would cover about 28,800 square feet, or one-half acre. The application says it would be the largest system of its kind on the Western Slope although observers said it would be small compared to systems being developed elsewhere in the West.One of the main buildings on the CRMS campus would be powered by the electricity produced by the system. The rest of the electricity would be purchased by Xcel Energy for distribution through its grid.The Skico is prepared to invest about $1 million in the system.The application for a special use permit for the solar facility as well as the text amendment allowing solar power generation facilities will be reviewed by the Garfield County commissioners on Dec. 3.