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ASPEN A lawsuit claims that a 1-year-old child who fell from the stairs at Boogies Diner in Aspen suffered a skull fracture and concussion as a result of the 15-foot plummet.Florida resident Keith Morrow, and his son, Alex Morrow, filed suit this week against the downtown eatery. Boogies is being sued for premises liability stemming from the Oct. 4, 2006, incident in which the younger Morrow fell between the stairs and the railing that lead up the restaurant. The little boy fell approximately 15 feet to the ground and landed on his back, hitting the back of his head on the floor, the suit alleges.The suit, filed in Pitkin County District Court, seeks a jury trial to determine damages.

BASALT Kids these days and the things they do for entertainment.

An undetermined number of Basalt Middle School students engaged in a fight recently, recorded the fisticuffs and posted the duel on YouTube. Word of the show got around to school administrators, who reported it to the police department, according to Police Chief Keith Ikeda.Officers will review the YouTube posting and determine if a punishable offense was committed and if they can identify the participants, Ikeda said.

ASPEN Colorados state highway builders will be busy Monday with two dedication ceremonies of new bridges in the Roaring Fork Valley one just outside of Aspen, the other at the intersection of Colorado Highways 133 and 82 near Carbondale.The first is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Aspen side of the new Highway 82 bridge over Maroon Creek; the public is invited to attend. The event will celebrate the completion of the bridge and the associated bus-only lanes from Buttermilk to the roundabout.Attendees are being urged to take Roaring Fork Transportation Authority buses to the event. The buses will depart from Aspen City Hall and the Brush Creek Park & Ride lot at 10:35 a.m.The second, at 2 p.m., will be to dedicate the new Highway 133 bridge over the Roaring Fork River, which has been dubbed the Veterans Memorial Bridge. A commemorative memorial stone marker has been placed near the bridge.The event will take place on the intersections southeast corner, and parking will be available at the Days Inn on Cowen Drive, within easy walking distance from the site.

ASPEN Pitkin County Community Health announced recently that it has an ample supply of flu vaccine and is offering several flu-shot clinics in Aspen this fall.As a bonus incentive this year, everyone who gets immunized at one of Community Health’s Flu Shot Clinics will have a chance to win a brand new Cruiser Bike. The winner will be announced after the final Flu Shot Clinic in November.The clinics will be held at Pitkin County Community Health, 0405 Castle Creek Road, Aspen, and are scheduled for: Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Oct. 22, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 from noon to 2 p.m.; Nov. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; and Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 from noon to 2 p.m.The cost of the flu shots is $20 (cash, check or Medicare Card) for adults, or $10 for children and young adults up to age 19.In addition, there will be a special flu shot clinic at Aspen Valley Hospitals Senior Health Fair, which serves those aged 60 years and older.Call Pitkin County Community Health at 920-5420 for flu shot clinic information.

DENVER The 44-mile Rio Grande Trail, a recreational trail between Glenwood Springs and Aspen that once was a railroad, won an Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative Award at Gov. Bill Ritters 2008 Colorado Tourism Conference on Oct. 1 in Denver.Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) board chairwoman Dorothea Farris, also a Pitkin County commissioner, accepted the award on behalf of the long list of partner agencies who worked on converting the old rail bed. The rails, which have been removed in recent years and recycled, last carried trains in the mid-1990s.Partners in the project included: RFTA, Great Outdoors Colorado, Colorado State Trails, Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties, Colorado Department of Transportation, city of Aspen, town of Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, MidValley Trails Committee and Pitkin County Open Space.The trail is paved for 33 miles from Glenwood Springs to Woody Creek; it is a soft-surface dirt trail for 11 miles from Woody Creek to Aspen.


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