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Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen’s police department and chamber resort association sent out e-mail alerts Tuesday warning local businesses and residents to be on the lookout for letters soliciting $225.

The letters ask businesses and nonprofits to send in the payment to file reports with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. The actual fee, in most cases, is $10.

On Monday, Secretary of State Scott Gessler warned people to be cautious about the fraudulent mail-outs.

“We work hard to keep business filing fees low and communicate with these entities about the need for periodic filings,” Gessler said. “These kinds of deceptive mailings create unnecessary confusion. We’ve taken great strides to create an user friendly, efficient system to file these reports online directly with the Secretary of State’s office.”

For more details, call 303-894-2200 or e-mail

ASPEN – The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Yenter Companies will install steel netting between the old and new Maroon Creek Bridge structures on the outskirts of Aspen next week.

The work will be done Monday through Thursday, April 11-14, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The project will require only a shoulder closure on the upvalley side of the new bridge. Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus lanes on Highway 82 will not be impacted, according to CDOT.

The contract for the project totals $20,000. Yenter crews will install about 660 linear feet of steel safety netting between the old and new bridge structures, which sit side by side. The netting, like that used for rockfall mitigation, will have 6-by-6-inch spacing and will be secured to the bridge rail on each of the structures. At its widest point, the netting between the bridges will span 23 inches.

The work comes after the death of Snowmass Village resident George Aldrich Jr. in November. He apparently fell between the two bridges, possibly while trying to jump from the bridge carrying highway traffic to the old bridge after he found himself walking in traffic after dark. He was not walking on the separate pedestrian crossing that is part of the new bridge, but was apparently on the opposite side of the highway. His body was found below the two bridges – a drop of about 100 feet – on Dec. 13.

DENVER – What was called the Quiznos Pro Challenge has changed its name to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, organizers announced Tuesday in Denver. They also announced a television agreement with NBC Sports Group to present 25 hours of cycling coverage over seven days.

The multi-stage pro bike race, scheduled Aug. 22-28, will come through Aspen on Aug. 24 when riders pedal from Gunnison to Aspen on a route that takes them over both Cottonwood and Independence passes.

NBC Sports will broadcast the final day of the inaugural seven-day professional cycling competition live on Aug. 28. VERSUS, a member of the NBC Sports Group, will cover the event with 3.5-hour broadcasts on each day of the race, including live coverage and daily pre- and post-race programming.

The new name, USA Pro Cycling Challenge, was chosen “in order to showcase the global scale of the event to a worldwide audience,” according to Tuesday’s announcement. Quiznos will continue as a founding sponsor with the same level of participation in the event.

CARBONDALE – An afternoon wildfire on open land in the Ranch at Coulter Creek subdivision east of Carbondale burned an estimated four to five acres of grass, sagebrush and oakbrush, according to Rob Goodwin, deputy chief of the Carbondale Fire Protection District.

Firefighters got the call to their first fire of the season at 3:30, and responded with six trucks and 15 firefighters, Goodwin said. Firefighters also turned out from the Basalt and Glenwood Springs fire departments, and were assisted by Garfield County sheriff’s deputies.

Although the fire was being driven by winds of about 20 mph, firefighters got the blaze completely contained by 4:30 p.m. and had it totally put out by 5:30 p.m., Goodwin said.

The fire came within about 100 feet of one house in the subdivision, Goodwin said, “but we stopped it.”

No structures were damaged and no one was injured, he said.

The Carbondale Fire Department is still investigating the cause, but it is not believed to be suspicious. (Post Independent)

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