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ASPEN ” Aspen police arrested an area man with a large amount of pre-wrapped meat, Sunday, on a parole warrant from the Colorado Department of Corrections.

“We’re very curious as to where [the meat] came from,” said Sgt. Bill Linn. “It was a collection of frozen meat that looked as if it were packaged for a restaurant.”

Sgt. Linn said he saw Mark Vandeleuv, 46, on the street, recognized him and checked for warrants.

When Linn and another officer went to arrest Van­deleuv, he ran into a house, allegedly to get away from the police. Linn said he found cocaine on Vandeleuv after they caught him.

” There’s some disagreement about whether or not he knew one person in the house,” said Linn.

Vandeleuv faces charges of resisting arrest, possession of cocaine and first-degree criminal trespass. He is being held without bond on the warrant.

ASPEN ” Friends of the late Marci Benton, a long-time valley res­ident who died in a car accident on Dec. 24, 2007, will host a memorial celebration and reception in her honor on Feb. 16 at the Aspen Historical Society’s Wheeler/Stal­lard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.

The gathering is to be held at 3 p.m., according to Geor­gia Hanson, director of the historical society. Hanson, who will be out of town for much of January, sent a mes­sage to Benton’s circle of friends on Friday announcing the event.

Benton, the widow of the late artist Tom Benton, had lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since the mid-1970s. She and Tom had been married for nearly 16 years when he died in April, 2007.

Benton had recently started working at the Aspen His­torical Society. She died on the morning of Dec. 24 when her car went off Fryingpan Road, above Basalt, a short distance from her apart­ment.

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) ” A skier died Sunday after apparently skiing off a headwall near a lift at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, sheriff’s officials said.

Two people riding the lift alerted resort officials after spotting ski tracks leading off a short cliff in the direction of a hole in the snow below, La Plata County sheriff’s spokesman Dan Bender said.

Ski patrol members arrived and found a man, described as a 19-year old Durango resident, head first in the snow, Bender said. They began CPR but were unable to revive him. The victim’s name was withheld until his family could be notified.

Bender said the accident happened in a closed part of the ski area.

He said the victim was described as a good skier. The man had gone skiing Sunday with a friend, but Bender said it was not immediately clear whether the friend was with him when he got stuck in the snow.

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) ” Colorado Depart­ment of Transportation officials say 2007 was the busiest year in the 34­year history of the Eisenhower and Johnson tunnels.

CDOT officials say 11,775,017 vehi­cles used either side of the tunnel, typ­ically known as the Eisenhower Tun­nel, to pass through the Continental Divide on Interstate 70 last year, up 6.2 percent from 2006.

An average 32,260 vehicles passed through each day, surpassing the dai­ly average of 30,391 in 2006.

Tunnel traffic set a record for 2007, despite blowing snow and avalanche danger that closed I- 70 for several hours on the last two days of the year. I-70 is the main east-west artery through Colorado’s mountains.


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