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Cocaine stash found at WheelerASPEN Employees at the Wheeler Opera House found 9 grams of cocaine packaged in 20 bindles that was turned over to the police last week, according to the Aspen Police Department. Officer Matt Burg said the department still is investigating the matter and declined to offer details. He said the drugs were found March 4 in the buildings basement where the Wheeler administrative offices are located. Burg said the cocaine is being sent to state offices to be tested for content of the drug and so the packaging can be dusted for fingerprints. Gram Slayton, executive director of the Wheeler Opera House, declined comment.

NCAA basketball: Make your picksASPEN College basketball fans (and non-fans, for that matter) have a shot at a $100,000 grand prize for correctly picking the winner in each bracket of the upcoming NCAA mens basketball tournament.A link to the contest can be found online at aspentimes.com look for the March Frenzy link below the News headlines.Of course, the odds of correctly picking each of the 63 games in the tournament are 9 quintillion to one, according to pregame.com. But, your odds of being The Aspen Times participant who wins a $100 gift certificate to Jimmys An American Bar and Restaurant in Aspen, courtesy of The Times, are a lot better, though the odds makers havent figured out the specifics. Anyone who misses only one or two picks still could win $10,000 in the national contest, and could pick up $1,000 for calling all but three of the games correctly. There are other prizes, as well.Participants can register to participate at any time during the tournament. (No, you dont get to pick the winners of games that already have been played.)Incidentally, Round 1 begins March 20.

KSNO to follow Aspen boys, Basalt girls to Great 8ASPEN Beginning Thursday, KSNO-FM Aspen will carry live coverage of both the Aspen boys and Basalt girls from the 3A state basketball tournaments Great 8 at Moby Arena in Fort Collins.The top-seeded Longhorns, last years state runner-up, tip off against No. 2 Colorado Springs Christian on Thursday at 11:45 a.m. (check aspentimes.com for results after the game). No. 1 Aspen takes the court against No. 2 Yuma at 8:30 p.m.If either Aspen, Basalt or the Roaring Fork boys (who face defending state champion Eaton on Thursday morning) advance to Fridays final four or Saturdays state title game, KSNO-FM will broadcast those games as well. The Aspen Times will also cover the games.KSNO-FM is found at 103.9 in Aspen, 103.5 in Basalt, 94.9 in Carbondale and 93.5 in Glenwood Springs.

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