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Avalanche awareness seminar setASPEN will host a discussion about backcountry travel and avalanche conditions Wednesday at the Rio Grande Commons.Current conditions will be discussed by the Roaring Fork Avalanche Centers Brian McCall and Snowmass Snow Safety director John Coulter. There also will be a presentation on safety assessing backcountry powder stashes this, a citizens group, also will unveil details on a transceiver competition planned for the top of Aspen Mountain. The March 23 competition for cash and prizes will test how quickly two-person teams can locate and recover transceivers buried in snow.Wednesday’s discussion is the last of three avalanche-awareness talks hosted by and the Roaring Fork Avalanche Center this winter.Rio Grande Commons is the former Aspen Youth Center. The event will take place from 6:30-8 p.m.

Former Basalt mayor runs for councilBASALT Former Basalt Mayor Rick Stevens will try to return to public office as a councilman.Stevens took out a candidate nomination petition Tuesday to enter the Basalt race. He was mayor in Basalt from 1994 through 2004.Katie Schwoerer of the Willits neighborhood of Basalt also took out a nomination petition Tuesday.The race for three open council seats suddenly has become crowded and presents voters with some different options. Seven people have taken out candidate nomination petitions for the council race, so far.A person isnt an official candidate until they turn in a petition, signed by 25 qualified electors of Basalt. The deadline to turn in petitions is 5 p.m. Friday. Like Stevens, Basalt political veteran Jacque Whitsitt is trying to re-enter government. Whitsitt served on the council from 1996 through 2004. Both Stevens and Whitsitt were forced out of their positions by term limits. They are now eligible to run again.Whitsitt and Stevens often were at odds on issues when they served together.In contrast to the familiar faces with definitive records, five of the potential candidates are newcomers to Basalt politics. Residents who have taken out candidate nomination petitions are Garret Brandt, Randy Fricke, Pete McBride and Bill McEnteer, as well as Schwoerer.Valerie Britt-Kalberg took out a petition, but informed Basalt Town Clerk Pam Schilling this week she will not seek election.The towns election is April 1. The mayors seat also is up for election, but incumbent Leroy Duroux is unopposed so far.

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