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EAGLE COUNTY – Two New Castle men were arrested Wednesday for allegedly offering to sell fake identification cards to an undercover detective with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

Jamie Loya Valenzuela, 31, and Ivan Loya Maldonado, 35, allegedly delivered a fake residence alien card and a fake Social Security card, both of which had been produced on a computer, to the detective for $120, the sheriff’s office said.

The men were charged with counterfeiting, a class V felony, and possession of a forged instrument, a class VI felony. They were being held in the Eagle County jail on a $2,500 bond. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a detainer on both men to study their legal status, the sheriff’s office said.

Loya Valenzuela was also charged with possession of cocaine, according to the sheriff’s office.

ASPEN – The city of Aspen has joined 31 other governments and organizations around the country to support National Clean Energy Week, held Feb. 1-5. The groups are banding together to maximize efforts each is doing to move clean energy to the forefront of national policy.

Clean Energy Week is an unincorporated joint effort of more than 30 nongovernmental organizations, nonprofit groups, companies and government agencies that wish to concentrate the voices of climate and clean energy on positive policy development and passage of legislation in 2010. The week is filled with workshops, press conferences, rallies and outreach activities on Capitol Hill and across Washington, D.C., sponsored individually by the participating organizations. For more information, visit

Seventy-five percent of Aspen’s municipal utility’s electricity comes from renewable sources, and the city has goals to bring that number up to 100 percent in the next five years through a new hydropower site and other sources.

The city has also reduced its own greenhouse gas emissions by 21 percent and has numerous ways for citizens and tourists to reduce their own. For more information, visit

BASALT – The public is invited to a free “Community Wellness Day” at the WIN institute in Basalt on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wellness professionals of all kinds will be on hand to offer various services and workshops, including body fat analysis, oral cancer screenings, blood panel tests ($35), kids’ yoga fitness and more.

Phoenix Fitness, a new business, recently occupied the former WIN Gym with a mission to “elevate the health and well-being of humanity.” A Phoenix trainer is cooperating with a yoga instructor Saturday on a spin-yoga class that combines time-trial cycling with yoga designed to counter the body positions of bicycling.

Lecture and presentation topics at the Wellness Day include snoring/sleep apnea, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, fluoride and mercury in your body, hyperbaric chamber treatment possibilities, hormone replacement and medicinal marijuana.

Admission is free but donations will be collected. All proceeds from the event will go to Tom’s Door, an interfaith organization that helps the needy throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

The WIN Health Institute is located at 1460 E. Valley Road in Basalt. For more information on Saturday’s event, call 970-384-8454 e-mail to

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