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BASALT ” The newest stoplight on Highway 82 is about to get activated.

The light that Basalt is installing at the intersection of Highway 82 and Original Road will be working “around the first of December,” Basalt Town Manager Bill Efting informed the Town Council in a memo. “It will be in the flashing mode for the first several days to get motorists familiar with the light,” he wrote.

It’s a light that many commuters will probably hate and neighborhood residents and workers will love. The light is about one-quarter mile from the existing traffic signal at Highway 82’s intersection with Two Rivers Road/upper Willits Lane. However, it was needed for safety. Numerous collisions have occurred at the intersection over the years.

Residents accessing their homes off Original Road often face a daunting task trying to exit onto eastbound Highway 82. In addition, traffic in and out of the Midvalley Medical Center is hampered without a light, and pedestrians take their lives in their hands trying to cross the highway.

The state government said it didn’t have the funds for the project, so Basalt scraped together nearly $504,000.

CARBONDALE ” Thunder River Theatre Company n Carbondale is looking for a couple of male actors to complete the cast for TRTC’s upcoming production of Bertolt Brecht’s 1939 play, “Mother Courage.” The required age range is mid-20s to early 30s.

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To audition for these roles, contact Lon Winston by e-mail at lonw@sopris.net or call him at (970) 963-8200.

To learn more about TRTC, the play, past productions or other TRTC initiatives, take a look at the theater company’s website at http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com.

ASPEN ” The city of Aspen recently received the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and reporting.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded to the city by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award recognized the city of Aspen’s 2006 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

“This award is reflective of the improvements we have made over the past few years in our ability to clearly, completely and transparently disclose our financial condition,” said City Finance Director Paul Menter in a prepared statement. “This type of quality reporting leads to better information for city employees and City Council, as well as credit rating agencies and investors who choose to buy city of Aspen bonds.”

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 16,000 government finance professionals. The association has offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The Colorado Department of Transportation closed the paved bike path through Glenwood Canyon on Thursday, two days earlier than last year’s closure.

The path will be closed from Glenwood Springs at mile marker 116.8 to mile marker 131 on the east end of Glenwood Canyon until next spring.

CDOT closes the path each winter, when winter maintenance activities on Interstate 70 above the path can create unsafe conditions for users. The path typically opens in April each year, weather permitting.

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