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News in brief

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Candidates for the Aspen Board of Education will square off Wednesday in an election forum.

Carmen Dowley, Sheila Wills and Sandra Peirce are vying for two seats on the school board in the Nov. 1 election. They will replace Fred Peirce and Laura Kornasiewicz, who must step down because of term limits.

Candidates will answer write-in questions from school district staff, as well as answer questions from the audience. Parents and community members are encouraged to attend.

The forum is from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Aspen High School seminar room. For more information, call Angela Rittenhouse at 925-3760, ext. 4007.

ASPEN – The U.S. Air Force will host a community forum Monday evening to explain the low-altitude training it hopes to fly over the backcountry surrounding Aspen.

The informational meeting will take place from 6-9 p.m. at the Aspen High School seminar room.

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Pitkin County commissioners expressed interest Tuesday in attending, even if it means postponing a scheduled meeting with the local hospital board.

“Quite frankly, I don’t want to miss the Air Force meeting,” Commissioner Michael Owsley said.

Commissioner Rachel Richards suggested that it might be worthwhile to ask the Air Force for a future demonstration of the types of aircraft that would be flown in the training exercises.

The proposed Low Altitude Tactical Navigation Area covers 60,699 square miles of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, including a large portion of the Snowmass-Maroon Bells Wilderness Area.

The 27th Special Operations Wing would conduct flights in the MC-130J and CV-22 special operations aircraft. The MC-130J is a large airplane that often flies clandestine or low-visibility missions to refuel other aircraft, the Air Force website says. The CV-22 Osprey is a twin-engine, tilt-rotor aircraft capable of vertical takeoffs, hovering and vertical landing like a helicopter, as well as the long-range, quick flights of a turboprop plane.

Low-altitude flights would range from 300 to 3,000 feet above ground level.

A public comment period on a draft Environmental Assessment regarding the proposal ends Nov. 5. Go to http://www.cannon.af.mil/library/environment.asp for maps and the draft EA.

DENVER – U.S. District Judge Marcia S. Krieger signed an order Tuesday dismissing an indictment against Aspen resident Peggy Schlauger.

Schlauger, 51, was indicted by a Denver grand jury in April on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. She was one of six Aspen-Snowmass residents arrested in a Drug Enforcement Agency investigation that culminated with their arrests on May 19.

On Monday, U.S. Attorney Michele Korver filed a two-page motion seeking to dismiss the charge against Schlauger.

This dismissal marks the first disposition in the case.

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