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Calendar change for Aspen Middle School ASPEN The Aspen School Board agreed this week to change Aspen Middle Schools 2008 calendar because of conflicts with scheduled events.As a result, the middle school will not have parent-teacher conferences for seventh- and eighth-grade students on March 11, 12 and 13, as noted in the adopted calendar for this school year.Instead, parent-teacher conferences for all middle-schoolers fifth through eighth grades will be held April 3 and April 8. March 11, 12 and 13 will be regular school days for all middle school students; students will not attend classes on April 3 and April 8.A notice of the calendar change also contained a reminder that fifth- and sixth-graders have an early-release day March 12.Anyone greatly inconvenienced by the schedule change is asked to call Principal Tom Heald at 925-3760, ext. 2004, so alternate plans can be arranged.

Basalt council race loses potential candidateBASALT A person who considered running for Basalt Town Council decided against a bid Thursday, reducing the field to seven potential candidates for three seats.Bill McEnteer informed Basalt Town Clerk Pam Schilling that he wasnt going to run. The people who have taken out candidate nomination petitions are: Garret Brandt, Brian Dillard, Randy Fricke, Pete McBride, Katie Schwoerer, Rick Stevens and Jacque Whitsitt.Mayor Leroy Duroux remained unopposed Thursday in his re-election bid.Prospective candidates must turn in their candidate nomination petitions to Schilling by 5 p.m. Friday.The election is April 1.

Backcountry roads will be plowedTHOMASVILLE One of the potentially best spring skiing years is about to be messed up by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The federal agency will begin plowing U.S. Forest Service Roads in the Upper Fryingpan Valley on March 10.This may cause inconveniences for recreation users, especially skiers using these roads to access some of the 10th Mountain Division Huts, the Forest Service warned in a press release. People coming from Margys or McNamara Huts to the Fryingpan River drainage, or those accessing Betty Bear Hut from the Fryingpan River, may encounter plowed roads.The snow removal is necessary to provide access to the bureau water diversion facilities for maintenance and minor repairs. The work needs to be performed before the runoff season begins.The bureau anticipates plowing to be completed over a three- to four-week period. The roads will be plowed in the following order: Chapman Gulch Road, also known as Forest Road 504, from the Fryingpan River Road to a point beyond Twin Meadows. Fryingpan River Road, also known as Forest Road 505, from the Fryingpan River Road pavement to the Fryingpan Lakes Trailhead. Ivanhoe Creek Road, Forest Service Road 105, from Fryingpan River Road. North Fork Road, Forest Road 501, from Elk Wallow Campground.For more information, please contact the Sopris Ranger District at 963-2266 or the 10th Mountain Hut Association at 925-5775.

Pitkin County Republicans assembleASPEN The Pitkin County Republican Party will hold its party assembly meeting on March 4 at the Aspen Square conference room. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., and the actual assembly will begin at 6:15 p.m.There is limited capacity in the room, as was evident at the Feb. 5 precinct caucus, and party officials are requesting that participants call 925-4216 to make a reservation so they know how many people to expect.


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