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ASPEN – Police are investigating the death of a male found in an unresponsive state Monday morning at Truscott Apartments. Foul play is not suspected, police said.According to a press release, Aspen Police Department was called to the apartment unit at approximately 9:30 a.m. Chest compressions were administered. The man’s name was not released, as relatives had not been notified as of 5 p.m. Monday. The Pitkin County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death, police said.
BASALT – A roundabout at a key intersection in Basalt opened shortly before rush hour Monday, four days before a deadline.The roundabout is at the intersection of Willits Lane and Valley Road/East Valley Road. It provides access to the El Jebel City Market as well as what will be the Whole Foods Market in Willits Town Center.The cost was split between the town government and Mariner Real Estate Management, owner of much of the Willits Town Center development. The project had a budget of $1.1 million. The town government paid $500,000 out of a special real estate assessment at Willits earmarked for road and street improvements. Mariner was to pay the balance, estimated at $600,000.Gould Construction, the contractor, received a financial bonus for completing the work early. Basalt Town Manager Bill Kane said he wasn’t privy to the incentive because the town won’t be involved in paying it, but he heard it was “a good chunk of change.”Officials from Mariner and Whole Foods Market toured Willits Town Center Monday and met with town government officials, Kane confirmed. The Whole Foods Market design team was making plans to finish the supermarket building once Mariner completes the shell, according to Kane. He said the grocery store is eyeing an “early summer” opening.Officials from Kansas-based Mariner were dining with Kane, Mayor Leroy Duroux and other council members Monday night at Smoke Modern Barbeque. Kane and Duroux said it was designed to let officials from the town and project owner get to know each other. No official business would be discussed, Kane said, and the town and developer would get “separate checks.”
ASPEN – The Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association’s “Stars of the Industry” employee awards Oct. 25 named The Little Nell hotel as the most environmentally friendly tourist accommodation in the state.The Little Nell won the Hospitality Green Award for its work on sustainability. The property was recognized for reducing its carbon footprint with energy-efficient lighting, retrofitting its boilers, installing rooftop solar panels and an energy management system, committing to local food as well as launching its unique guest Eco-Luxe Program. The Aspen Skiing Co. owns The Little Nell.”The Nell uses a lot of energy and has a big environmental footprint, but after 10 years of work, we’ve been able to substantially reduce that impact while providing better service,” said Aspen Skiing Co. Vice President of Sustainability Auden Schendler. “We hope it’s a model for other hotels trying to stay in business but do less environmental damage.”Melina Glavas, director of catering at The Little Nell, also was recognized as the Star of the Industry Employee of the Year in the Food & Beverage Category. Glavas earned praise for her devotion to her clients as well as consistently bringing business to the property, even during lean economic times.
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It’s that time of year — hikers and mountain bikers must be aware that seasonal closures are taking effect on multiple trails in the area today for the winter for the benefit of wildlife.