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BASALT ” A 50-year-old woman visiting Basalt was found dead in her daughter’s residence Monday morning.

The woman was identified by Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis as Kimberly Harris. Harris died overnight. Bettis said there is nothing suspicious about the death at this time. An autopsy will be performed in the next few days to determine the cause of death.



Authorities were called shortly before 10 a.m. to a residence above a business on Park Avenue with a report of a dead woman. Basalt police officers investigated the scene and found nothing suspicious, Sgt. Roderick O’Connor said.

ASPEN ” An Aspen man was arrested on drug charges Friday after police found him on a staircase near a packet of cocaine that he allegedly dropped.




Peter Paul Skirka, 44, was arrested when police were called to a home on Park Circle for a report of possible domestic abuse.

When police arrived, according to Sgt. Rob Fabrocini, they found Skirka standing in a stairway leading to the unit to which the officers were called. Nearby, Fabrocini said, he found a cigarette pack that alleged­ly contained a plastic envelope with less than one gram of cocaine.

Fabrocini said in the police report that Skirka admitted during questioning that the cocaine belonged to him. He was arrested for possession of cocaine, as well as for a warrant for failure to appear in court on a previous case.

Skirka was in jail Friday afternoon in lieu of a $2,830 bond. He was in court Monday for initial advisement on the charges and will face another court date March 17.

SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Snowmass Village will show off its new Town Hall with an open house Saturday, March 15.

The event marks the opening of the new building and a pair of anniversaries ” 40 years of skiing at Snowmass and 30 years as a town. The public is invited to stop by from 1-4 p.m. for free food, wine and beer, plus live music, tours of the new town head­quarters and a chance to view a documen­tary film on Snowmass’ skiing history.

Parking is limited; attendees are urged to take the village shuttle. Overflow parking will be available at Alpine Bank. For more information, visit http://www.tosv.com.

The new Town Hall is open for business at 130 Kearns Road. (It’s just up the valley from the Snowmass Center, former site of the town’s offices.)

CARBONDALE ” The candidates vying for a seat on Carbondale’s Town Council will be put through their paces at a forum from 6 ­to 9 p.m. on March 12, at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave.

The candidates are Robert Comey, Ed Cortez, John Hoffman, Sean Keery, Barry Maggert, Frosty Merriott, Brent Moss, Don Van Devander and Pamela Zentmyer. One-time candidate Patricia Forshee-Warman has decided not to seek election.

The candidates will be questioned by a panel of journalists and by the audience. The event, sponsored by the Valley Journal and the Carbondale Community Chamber of Commerce, is to be broadcast live on KDNK radio and Community TV Channel 12.

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