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The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on outfitters in the Aspen district of the White River National Forest as part of its standard process for reissuing permits.

The permits being considered for renewal, and the associated activity are:

– Aspen School District, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Outward Bound West for outdoor education programs.

– T-Lazy-7 Ranch and Western Adventures for snowmobiling.

– A.J. Brink Outfitters, Aspen Wilderness Outfitters, Snowmass Falls and Maroon Bells Outfitters for horse trips, along with Capitol Peak for horse trips and hunting. Stajduhar Ranches for hunting.

– Don DeLise Outfitting and Aspen Trout Guides for fishing.

– Blazing Trails for hiking, and Aspen Alpine Guides for hiking, backpacking and hut trips.

– Blazing Adventures for Jeep and bicycle tours; Timberline Bike Tours for hut trips and bike trips; and Aspen Expeditions for rock climbing and backcountry skiing.

Comments are used to determine the issues to be addressed and for identifying the potential alternatives to a proposed action, according to a news release from the Forest Service.

Comments regarding the renewal of existing outfitter-guide permits should be sent to the Sopris Ranger District, Attn: Brent Allred, P.O. Box 309, Carbondale, CO 81623. All comments must be received by April 25.

A woman accused of trying to suffocate a woman in Aspen two years ago will face assault charges next month, despite a request from her public defense attorney to withdraw from the case.

Nancy Eileen Rye Newton, 54, a transient, allegedly snuck into a woman’s house at Highlands Villas in January 2003 and covered her mouth with an ammonia-soaked towel while she was sleeping. The victim, who survived, recognized Newton and identified her to police.

Newton’s Boulder-based attorney, Cliff Barnard, asked Monday to be excused from representing Newton because she has ignored his attempts to contact her. Newton has been in several mental institutions since her arrest two years ago.

The alleged victim, whose mother knew Newton for more than 20 years, said Newton is paranoid and speaks often about experiences with UFO abductions and “robot people.” A judge threw out a request last year to declare Newton mentally unfit for trail.

Pitkin County Judge James Boyd denied Barnard’s request to withdraw council and set Newton’s trial for April 19.

DELTA (AP) ” Crews found human remains Tuesday after painstakingly sifting through the charred debris of a remote lodge that exploded and burned, killing three children.

The human teeth and bone fragments will be compared with dental records and DNA testing will be performed to positively identify them, Delta County Coroner Chalmer S. Swain said in a statement.

The Electric Mountain Lodge was leveled by the blast, which authorities suspect was caused by propane.

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