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Aspen Times staff reportAspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – The 57th annual Aspen Ski Swap is Saturday at the Aspen Middle School. The event benefits the Aspen School District’s outdoor education program to the tune of $15,000-$25,000 per year.”Outdoor Ed is one of the programs this community really values,” said Aspen Middle School Principal Tom Heald. “And with budget cuts, we really rely on the Ski Swap to keep it going.”People wanting to sell equipment, clothing or accessories must drop it off at the middle school between 4 and 6 p.m. Friday. Pick up money and unsold merchandise from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Event organizers encourage people to pick up merchandise tickets before going to the middle school; they are available at Alpine Bank branches from Willits to Aspen.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Steve Jobs had a disdain for people who put profits first. In an upcoming authorized biography of the late Apple CEO, he calls the crop of executives brought in to run Apple after his ouster in 1985 “corrupt people” with “corrupt values” who cared only about making money.Jobs was often bullied in school and stopped going to church at age 13, according to “Steve Jobs,” by Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson, which is due out Monday from Simon & Schuster. The Associated Press purchased a copy Thursday. Advance sales of the biography have topped best-seller lists since Oct. 5, when Jobs died at age 56 after a long battle with cancer.As a teenager, Jobs exhibited some odd behaviors – he began to try various diets, eating just fruits and vegetables for a time, and perfected staring at others without blinking. Later, on the naming of Apple, Jobs told Isaacson he was “on one of my fruitarian diets.”Much of the book adds detail to what’s already known, or at least speculated, about Jobs. While Isaacson is not the first to tell Jobs’ story, he had unprecedented access to the man who fiercely guarded his own, as well as his company’s, privacy. Isaacson interviewed Jobs more than 40 times, including just a few weeks before his death. As a result, the book does for Steve Jobs’ legacy what Apple did for portable music players, personal computers and tablets – puts it in the hands of regular folks, not just the tech geeks who already live and breathe all things Apple.

ASPEN – The Aspen Chamber Resort Association will host its second annual Aspen Business Expo on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the St. Regis Resort in Aspen.”Marketing your Business in a Digital World” is this year’s focus. Attendees will learn how to make social-media campaigns more effective and gain a better understanding of using digital strategies and techniques, according to the chamber.The expo takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is free to ACRA members and $20 for nonmembers.Those interested in being exhibitors should contact the ACRA at or 925-1940.

CARBONDALE – The U.S. Forest Service anticipates starting two mechanical brush-cutting projects in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District within the next seven to 10 days, the agency announced Monday.Chainsaw crews will be working on Arbaney Mesa, about 4 miles southeast of Basalt, on about 140 acres of mountain shrub and some pion-juniper. Also, about 120 acres of similar vegetation will be chopped using a mechanical “mulcher” at Avalanche Creek, about nine miles south of Carbondale.The work will take up to four weeks, weather permitting, but will be suspended if snow or other adverse conditions develop.Planning the projects has taken more than two years; they are part of a larger landscape that will be treated to improve wildlife habitat within the White River National Forest over the next five to 10 years.The public should expect to see work crews on the Arbaney-Kittle Trail to access the Arbaney Mesa site, about four miles from the trailhead. A crew of 10 to 20 people will be cutting shrubs and brush in an area just west of the forest boundary. Crews will hike in, but limited ATV use will allow the transportation of chainsaws, fuel and other equipment, though the area is typically closed to such use.More project information is available at the Sopris Ranger Station, 602 Main St., Carbondale, or by calling 963-2266.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will hold a work day to help complete the new Upper Loop Wulfsohn Trail in Glenwood Springs. This loop, uphill of the main Wulfsohn Trail, traverses some fairly rough terrain and adds to the recreational opportunities for hikers and cyclists already accessing this open space. RFOV and its project partners will provide the tools, leadership and dinner. The work day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes free dinner for volunteers afterward. Although volunteers are encouraged to sign up (emailing, pre-registration is not required. Park and meet at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, near the community garden. All participants must register and should leave their pets at home.

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