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News in Brief

Aspen Times staff reportAspen, CO Colorado

PITKIN COUNTY – Annual winter closures that shut off area lands to motorized uses, including places in Pitkin County, will go into effect Wednesday, according to the Bureau of Land Management.The seasonal closures, to protect big-game winter range and prevent road damage, will be in place through April.The closures affect Light Hill and the Crown in Pitkin County, East Elk Creek in Garfield County and the Castle Peak area in Eagle County. All of the areas continue to be open to non-motorized recreation, including hiking, snowshoeing, horseback riding and skiing.The lower gate at Transfer Trail above Glenwood Springs was closed last week to maintain snow conditions for snowmobiling.”We appreciate the public’s cooperation in helping us protect wildlife and public lands,” said Karl Mendonca, in a press release. He is acting field manager for the Colorado River Valley Field Office of the BLM, located in Silt.In addition, the BLM’s Wolcott and Gypsum campgrounds in Eagle County are closed for the winter and will reopen this spring when conditions allow.For additional information or to report violations in these areas, call the BLM office at (970) 876-9000.

ASPEN – The free bus service on city of Aspen routes will begin earlier in the morning starting Wednesday.The city’s full winter schedule, however, does not begin until Dec. 11, including late-night service, the Crosstown Shuttle, the Highlands Direct route and daily service on the Galena Street Shuttle.Starting Wednesday, the first bus runs of the day will be: Castle-Maroon at 6:20 a.m. from Rubey Park and Highlands, Cemetery Lane at 6:42 a.m. from Red Butte, Hunter Creek at 6:25 a.m. from Hunter Creek, and Mountain Valley at 6:30 a.m. from Lupine Drive. Also, the Galena Street Shuttle will run from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 5 only.Call 925-8484 for more route information.

ASPEN – Jazz Aspen Snowmass is offering its Blind Faith Pass for sale. The pass provides discounted general admission to Jazz Aspen’s two festivals: the June Festival, set for June 24-26, 2011 at the Benedict Music Tent in Aspen; and the Labor Day Festival, scheduled for Sept. 2-4, 2011 in Snowmass Village.Blind Faith passes will be sold through Dec. 31, or until sold out.The passes are $114 for a three-day pass to either the June or Labor Day Festival, or $164 for both festivals.The passes are available at the Belly Up box office (bellyupaspen.com or 544-9800), at jazzaspen.org; or by calling 1-866-JAS-TIXX (527-8499).No acts have been announced yet for either festival. Last summer’s June Festival included Harry Connick Jr. and the JAS@20! show, which featured Maceo Parker, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves and others. The 2010 Labor Day Festival included Wilco, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Glenn Frey & Joe Walsh.Last week, Jazz Aspen announced that concert producer AEG Live has been contracted to collaborate on booking the Labor Day Festival.For further information on Jazz Aspen and the Blind Faith pass, go to jazzaspen.org.

ASPEN – Mountain to Mesa Home Builders Association will host the second annual greenTHINK Aspen on Friday.The all-day conference addresses sustainability trends in Colorado. Registration is $30 and includes lunch. Architects, builders, tradesmen, homeowners and local government officials looking to learn more about sustainable business practices and incentives are invited to join the symposium at the Aspen Meadows. Local, national and international vendors will represent new technologies, national speakers will share trends, and community leaders will present ideas on sustainability.At 4 p.m., National Association of Homebuilders economist Elliot Eisenberg will speak on “The Unintended Consequences of Government Regulations on Housing and the Economy.” He is the creator of the multifamily stock index and author of more than 50 homebuilding industry articles. A frequent speaker on television and radio, Eisenberg is also a frequently published author in such periodicals as Business Week, Fortune and others.Register for the conference at http://www.m2mhba.org or call Sue Hibbs at (970) 328-2205 for information.