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ASPEN ” A reception and book signing for author, artist and social activist Caryn West will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pitkin County Library.

West is noted for her book “The Trouble with the Alphabet.” The reception is open to the public.

For more information, call 429-1900. Information on West’s book can be found at

ASPEN ” The Aspen Parks Department has been recognized with the state’s highest landscape award for its Jennie Adair stormwater quality project.

The city was recently given the President’s Award by the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado as part of their 2008 Excellence in Landscape Awards.

The Jennie Adair stormwater project is adjacent to the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

The project improved a sensitive riparian area and wildlife corridor, as well as the floodplain, according to city officials.

This is not the first award the Jennie Adair project has received. To date the project has received the following accolades:

– A 2008 Honor Award for Design ” Colorado Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects

– A 2008 Land Stewardship Award ” Colorado Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects

– Published in the 2008 annual civil engineering trade journal American Council of Engineering Companies.

ASPEN ” The city of Aspen will host an open house on the proposed Main Street median project Wednesday.

Experts will be on hand in City Hall in Council Chambers from 5 to 7 p.m. to discuss the project, answer questions and take feedback.

“City Council identified pedestrian improvements along Aspen’s Main Street as one of the top 10 goals for 2009,” said Tyler Christoff, project manager. “The city is now working to construct a one-block ‘test’ section of an enhanced pedestrian crossing area to Main Street.”

The approximate 70-foot-wide asphalt corridor creates a significant barrier to pedestrian movements between the north and south sides of town, according to city officials.

The project seeks to create safer and easier pedestrian crossings of Main Street at the intersections through the use of center-planted medians, enhanced pavement materials, street plantings and improved lighting at strategic locations.

For more information, visit and click on “Main Street Median Project.”

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