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Civil ending to Aspen art caperASPEN The confusing case of the disappearing paintings has been resolved by civil behavior among the principal participants, according to the police officer in charge of the case.Two of the four paintings taken from the walls of the U.S. Bank in Aspen on Jan. 30, after hanging for a month as part of a locals art show, will be returned to the artist, Hilary Glass.They ended up in a new retail store at the bottom of Mill Street, yellowjumpsuits.com, a couple of days after they disappeared. The shops proprietor, Andrew Scott, insisted he was not going to sell them once he learned they had been removed improperly from the banks walls and that he would return them if asked.The other two paintings apparently are gone for good.All four paintings ended up on a sidewalk outside the Aspen Thrift Shop, a secondhand store, as giveaways, because the shop had no space to display or store them. That is where Scott got the two he had in his store, and the other two were never located.The artist who took the paintings off the wall of the bank, Robert Kerns, had his own paintings at the bank at the same time that Glass paintings were on the walls. He convinced officer Rick Magnuson that he did not mean to steal Glass work.I dont think he had an intent to commit a crime, Magnuson said Monday.He said Kerns agreed to pay Glass for the pieces of art, although Magnuson did not know the amount that will be paid. Glass at one point said the value of all four paintings came to a total of $11,000.Theyre going to handle it civilly, said Magnuson, explaining that he did not mean it would end up as a civil court case but that the two had decided to deal with it through civil behavior.Explaining further, Magnuson said, Shes not vengeful about it at all, and hes remorseful.No charges were filed in the case, and no one was arrested.

The latest on arthritis at Aspen lectureASPEN Two experts on arthritis will be lecturing on the topic at the Given Institute in Aspen on Feb. 13.The lecture is free and open to the public.Dr. Aryeh Fischer, of the National Jewish Hospital and University of Colorado Denver, will discuss the newest medical treatments available to diagnose and treat Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which is a systemic auto-inflammatory disease with debilitating and life-altering consequences. The treatment options for RA reportedly have been revolutionized over the course of the past decade, with the advent of novel target-specific biologic therapies, according to a statement from the Institute.During this presentation, an update on the medical management of RA will be provided with an emphasis on the newer biological agents. Dr. Tom Pevny, from Orthopeadic Associates of Aspen, will discuss the surgical alternatives to treating arthritis with a focus on arthritis of the knee.Doors open at 5 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m.


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