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DENVER (AP) – A man convicted in North Dakota for impersonating a lawyer is getting a new attorney to defend him against similar charges in Colorado.

Federal prosecutors say Howard O. Kieffer, of Duluth, Minn., falsely said on the Internet that he had a law degree. One of his former clients, Aspen resident Gwen Bergman, was convicted last year of hiring someone to try to kill her former husband, but she is appealing based on Kieffer’s conviction in North Dakota.

Kieffer was to be arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court in Denver on charges including making false statements, but the hearing was continued until Wednesday after his public defender withdrew because he had previously represented Bergman.

ASPEN – The Hunter Creek bus route will be temporarily impacted by Sunday’s planned protest in front of the Wheeler Opera House over the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal.

The bus stop at the corner of Mill Street and the Hyman Avenue pedestrian mall, directly across from Bentley’s at the Wheeler, will be out of use from 4-8 p.m.

The bus will be redirected during that time so riders are asked to use a nearby bus stop, the closest of which is Rubey Park.

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A permit has been acquired by the city to allow protesters to station themselves on the sidewalk in front of the Wheeler, where a fundraiser for the wilderness proposal is being held.

Some parking spaces along Hyman Avenue will be closed off to the public.

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