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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Brian Hugh Burton is a 24-year-old unlicensed driver, but he faces a hefty fine if he keeps it up.

Appearing in Aspen Municipal Court to face a driving-without-a-license charge Wednesday, the local man admitted to Judge Brooke Peterson that he’s never had a license to drive.

“Why?” the judge asked.

“I just never went out and got one,” said Burton, who was cited by Aspen police Dec. 3.

The judge ordered Burton to either get a license or don’t drive at all. If Burton can provide the city court clerk with a valid driver’s license within the next 21 days, he’ll be fined $100, the judge said.

But if he’s popped driving without a license within that same time frame, he faces a fine “somewhere close to $1,000,” Peterson noted.

Burton told the judge he did not know where to obtain a Colorado driver’s license. Peterson suggested he head to the Glenwood Springs Mall (where Kmart is), which has a Colorado driver’s license office.

ASPEN – The winter deadline is approaching for Aspen Valley Hospital employees and other aspiring health professionals to apply for Aspen Valley Medical Foundation scholarships.

AVMF’s scholarship program provides assistance with tuition and other expenses for undergraduate or graduate degree programs, conferences, workshops and trainings. Applications must be received by 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Applications are reviewed by AVMF’s education committee.

Last year, AVMF awarded $80,000 to health-care professionals. With the exception of the Rodney E. Kirk scholarship, all scholarships are offered four times per year. The 2011 deadlines are Jan. 25, April 19, July 5 and Nov. 29. The scholarships are:

• AVH Employees Education Scholarships: Applicants must be AVH employees seeking assistance in continuing education.

• Audrey Owings Memorial Scholarship for EMTs/Paramedics: Applications are open to Roaring Fork Valley residents pursuing certification or re-certification.

• Nursing Scholarships: Applications are open to Roaring Fork Valley residents currently enrolled in state-accredited schools of nursing or pre-nursing in associate, baccalaureate or master’s degree programs. Pre-nursing students are students enrolled in college or university programs designed as preparation for entrance into a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree in nursing.

• Dr. Rodney E. Kirk Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is offered once a year (April deadline to apply) to Roaring Fork Valley residents pursuing health-related education.

Applicants should go to avmfaspen.org to download an application. Questions may be directed to Cristina Gair at (970) 544-7375 or cgair@avmfaspen.org.


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