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ASPEN The Pitkin County Senior Center was closed Monday after a ceiling leak that was covered with plastic developed a mold, officials said. It is scheduled to reopen March 10, according to a statement issued by Pitkin County. In the meantime, Carbondale-based Ecos Environmental & Disaster Restoration will perform air quality tests, and the air will be re-tested Friday. During the interim, the senior services staff will operate at the Health and Human Services building, located next to Aspen Valley Hospital. All senior lunches and exercise classes will be canceled for two weeks, with the exception of the balance class. Transportation service will continue uninterrupted and staff is working to maintain as many other services as possible. For more details call 920-5432.

BASALT Two more Basalt residents have expressed an interest in entering the race for three town council seats.Pete McBride took out a candidate nomination petition Friday and Jacque Whitsitt picked up one Monday. Candidates must get their petitions signed by at least 25 qualified electors of Basalt to enter the race. The petitions must be submitted to Town Hall by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29.McBride is a photographer. Whitsitt is a former councilwoman who served two terms in Basalt between 1996 and 2004.Whitsitt said last month she was considering a bid for mayor. She said Monday she decided to run instead for a council seat. Incumbent Mayor Leroy Duroux is seeking re-election and, thus far, is unopposed.Other residents who have taken out petitions for possible bids for council seats are Garret Brandt, Randy Fricke and Bill McEnteer. Valerie Britt-Kalberg took out a nomination petition but informed Town Clerk Pam Schilling on Monday that she will not seek election.The election is April 1.

BASALT A Basalt resident is facing two felony charges after he allegedly broke his girlfriends arm when he tried to strike her during a domestic dispute, police said.Mike Dufresne, 26, of Valley Pines Condominiums, was arrested Feb. 20 on suspicion of assault in the second degree, false imprisonment and criminal mischief, all in connection with a domestic disturbance, according to Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda.Dufresne was released from Eagle County jail after posting bond, although the day of his release was unknown, Ikeda said.The victims mother called Basalt police at 10:55 p.m. Feb. 20 because she was concerned about her daughter. The mother, who lives out of state, reported that her daughter had been the victim of a domestic disturbance and currently was at the Aspenault Hotel in Basalt.The responding officer was told by the 38-year-old victim that Dufresne got mad when she received a call from a friend. The woman and Dufresne share a condo. Dufresne wanted to know who was calling and allegedly became abusive and threatening as the argument escalated.Dufresne allegedly came at the woman and she put up her arm to defend herself, according to the police report. He swung and she actually heard [her arm] crack, Ikeda said.The woman told officers she tried to leave the condo, but Dufresne grabbed her and pulled her into the unit. He cut his arm in the scuffle and allegedly became more agitated.Police said Dufresne forced the woman into a bedroom and slammed the door. She escaped through a window, ran barefoot to a nearby road and flagged down a passing vehicle occupied by two men. They let her in and sped off as Dufresne ran up to the truck and allegedly tried to pull the woman out of the vehicle, the police report said. They dropped off the woman at the Basalt hotel.Ikeda said the woman suffered extensive bruising to various parts of her body in addition to the broken arm. She was transported to Valley View Hospital.


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