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EL JEBEL – A Carbondale man was arrested Wednesday for possession and distribution of cocaine after he allegedly made a sale to an undercover officer in El Jebel in April, according to a statement from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

Omar Bautista, 20, was being held in the Eagle County Jail on $50,000 bond. “He is illegally in the U.S. from Mexico, and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold was placed on Bautista,” the sheriff’s office said in the statement.

An undercover “operator” working with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force allegedly purchased $375 worth of cocaine from Bautista on April 5, the sheriff’s office said. Task force detectives obtained an arrest warrant and contacted the suspect. He was allegedly found with an additional 2 ounces of cocaine at the time of his arrest, the sheriff’s office said. He also was allegedly driving without a license at the time of his arrest.



ASPEN – Aspen Memorial Day ceremonies will be held at noon Monday at the Roaring Fork Veterans Memorial, located on the east side of the Pitkin County Courthouse at 506. E. Main St.

The public is invited to attend, and veterans are encouraged to wear items of military memorabilia.




After the ceremony, Aspen Elks Lodge No. 225 will host a community picnic at Connor Park next to City Hall.

For more information, contact Dan Glidden at (970) 927-4183 or Dick Merritt at (970) 927-5178.

ASPEN – Aspen Middle School students will raise money for Haitian schools and breast cancer research with a car wash Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Aspen School District bus barn on Maroon Creek Road.

“The students are very excited about helping out for these two causes,” said teacher Shawn Rios.

As part of the school’s Service Learning Day, all fifth- through eighth-grade Basecamp classes have chosen a project to better their world.

Donations for the car wash are $7-$10, depending on the size of vehicle. All proceeds go to studentsrebuild.org and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All funds for Students Rebuild are matched dollar for dollar by the Bezos Family Foundation.

Said seventh-grader Cole Bond: “All the money goes toward the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and to build schools in Haiti that have been destroyed. Kids need an education, and we are trying to help them.”


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