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ASPEN ” The Aspen Valley Hospital Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 to give board members a chance to discuss the recent resignation of John Jellinek, as well as how a replacement for the vacant seat will be determined.

Directors on the five-member board typically are elected by registered voters within the district, but in the event of a prematurely vacated seat, state statute requires that the remaining board appoint a replacement within 60 days. If the newly appointed person wishes to continue to serve after the appointed period, he or she must run for office in the next regularly scheduled election.

The meeting is open to the public and will take place in the Oden Conference Center at the hospital, 401 Castle Creek Rd.

PITKIN COUNTY ” The Crystal River Caucus will host a public forum on Sept. 18 in Redstone for candidates for the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners.

Organizers say that all of the candidates for the BOCC have been invited.

The forum also will be a chance for a representative of the county’s clerk’s office to distribute information about ballot question that voters will be faced with in the Nov. 4 general election.

The forum will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Redstone Church, and is open to all members of the public.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Free speech, guns, freedom of the press and ” door-to-door solicitation?

Door-to-door solicitation at homes is banned by a Glenwood Springs ordinance, but it’s protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, says a letter to the City Council from City Attorney Jan Shute.

“Although commercial solicitations are provided fewer protections than noncommercial solicitation, the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution has been interpreted to prohibit the outright ban of door-to-door solicitations,” the letter says.

The battle over door-to-door solicitation has been waged around the U.S. often between cities trying to protect citizens’ privacy and organizations that solicit or engage in doorstep proselytizing like Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Shute recommends that the unconstitutional Glenwood Springs ordinance prohibiting door-to-door solicitation be removed from the municipal code. She couldn’t be immediately reached Tuesday.

The letter suggests the ordinance came under scrutiny after a letter from the Kirby Corp. told the city to review its general ban of residential peddling. Shute wrote that cities have less restrictive ways to protect homeowner’s rights to privacy and prevent fraud. For example, other sections of the municipal code prohibit “aggressive”

solicitation and require commercial solicitors to be licensed.

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