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CARBONDALE ” Permits for cutting Christmas trees off of public lands surrounding the Roaring Fork Valley will be available beginning Tuesday, Nov. 20, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management announced Friday.

Permits are $10 per tree. Permits will be for sale in the Carbondale office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and in the Aspen office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. Permits to cut trees from BLM lands will be available in both Forest Service offices.

Cutting can occur in most parts of the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. Trees cannot be cut along the Thompson Creek Natural Area southwest of Carbondale. Cutting is also prohibited in designated wilderness areas, recreation and ski areas, administrative areas and Glenwood Canyon.

Maps with suggested areas to seek trees will be given with permits.

CARBONDALE ” Beginning Thursday, Nov. 22, riders looking to catch a local bus out of Carbondale should head to a new stop.

Passengers leaving Carbondale can catch the local bus to Aspen or Glenwood Springs at the new stop on Highway 133 at the Rio Grande Trail crossing ” across Highway 133 from the park-and-ride lot, according to the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.

All RFTA buses will stop at the park-and-ride lot as they head into Carbondale, but buses leaving town will no longer stop at the park-and-ride, beginning Nov. 22.

NEW CASTLE ” A disoriented driver caused two accidents on Interstate 70 east of New Castle Friday afternoon. He was driving east in the westbound lanes at rush hour.

The two accidents resulted in the highway being closed in both directions for about one hour.

John Jensen, 70, of Glenwood Springs, drove onto the interstate by way of the westbound off ramp at New Castle, and continued to drive east in the westbound lanes, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The first accident occurred when the driver of a Subaru station wagon swerved to avoid a collision with Jensen’s pickup truck. He lost control of his car and rolled twice across the median, coming to a stop in the eastbound lanes.

Jensen continued eastward in the westbound lanes until another motorist, driving a Honda sedan, swerved to avoid a collision but was hit by Jensen’s truck.

All three drivers were taken by ambulance to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. The driver of the Subaru, Nathaniel Peach, of Fort Collins, was being treated for a possible neck fracture. The driver of the Honda, Cydney Veale, of Palisade, was treated and released. Jensen was treated for a possible ankle fracture.

Jensen was cited with two counts of careless driving, including one count of careless driving causing bodily injury.

The interestate was reopened in both directions before 6 p.m. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

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