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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

Fox BroadcastingFrom left, "American Idol" judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, along with host Ryan Seacrest, will be in Aspen next week.

ASPEN- A press conference with the host and judges of “American Idol” has been scheduled in Aspen for Oct. 6.

Credentialed media representatives may attend a 15-minute press conference with host Ryan Seacrest and judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler at a hotel the show’s producers prefer be kept under wraps. No interviews with contestants will be permitted, nor will the general public be allowed at the press conference.

A spokesperson for the popular Fox TV talent show confirmed earlier this week that “Idol” would hold auditions in Aspen in early October. In addition, a three-person crew will film around town Oct. 5-6.

The show held its first round of auditions for the new season last summer in seven cities around the country, including Denver on July 29. A “judge’s round” is taking place in Aspen, but the number of contestants who will participate will not be revealed, a show representative said.

The show has arranged for one Aspen police officer to help with security and crowd control while activities are under way, the police department said Thursday.

ASPEN- Work on the Highway 82 signals in Aspen will begin Monday, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. The project had been slated to start at the beginning of this week.

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“There was a short delay in processing some of the required contract documentation for the project,” explained Tom Newland, public information manager for the project, in a press release. WL Contracting will begin work Monday at the Aspen Airport Business Center intersection. The project is expected to continue through the middle of November.

The project involves work at all of the signalized intersections – eight total – between the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport and Galena Street in downtown Aspen, with the exception of the Cemetery Lane intersection. The work includes installing pedestrian push buttons, in-pavement traffic signal loops, underground conduit, fiber-optic cable and communications systems that will link the signals together for improved traffic management.

Currently, the cycles at the traffic signals are manually set. When the project is complete, the traffic light timing will change based on traffic and pedestrian demand. This will help ease congestion and increase safety in the highway corridor, according to CDOT.

The Cemetery Lane traffic signal will not be interconnected with the other signals, CDOT said. That’s because Cemetery Lane is between the roundabout and the S-curves in Aspen, which creates too many variables in traffic flow. There are currently cameras at Cemetery Lane, and CDOT said it might put detection loops in at the intersection in the future.

CARBONDALE – The 5Point Film Festival will present a free outdoor film screening Friday, behind SIX89 restaurant. The evening begins with music, gear raffles and a dinner (for $12) from SIX89.

At dark, the films roll, with screenings of a series of inspirational and adventure films, including “Cold,” by local filmmaker Anson Fogel, about the first American to summit an 8,000-meter peak in winter; the kayaking work “Seasons: Fall”; and the award-winning surf movie “Dark Side of the Lens.”

Attendees should bring lawn chairs, blankets and warm clothes.

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