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News in brief

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO, Colorado

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – A public open house is scheduled Thursday in Snowmass Village to seek feedback as Pitkin County Open Space and Trails officials begin development of a master plan for the former Droste property and other open space in the Brush Creek Valley.

The session will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Town Council chambers at Snowmass Town Hall.

Information on existing recreation and the findings of a biological and historical study of the area will be presented.

A similar open house will take place in the Rio Grande meeting room in Aspen from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

Meetings with local equestrians and mountain bikers have already occurred. The process will end with adoption of the management plan – in April or May, according to the proposed timetable.

A series of meetings involving the city of Aspen, Snowmass Village and the county are planned in December and January, with a public workshop and progress update in Snowmass Village on Jan. 24. A public session in Aspen will take place Feb. 1, according to the timeline.

A draft of the management plan is expected to be ready for public review on Feb. 22, followed by a 30-day comment period.

ASPEN – The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man thought to be involved in a theft of another person’s wallet.

At approximately 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, the Sheriff’s Office responded to the Sport Obermeyer building, located at the Aspen Business Center, where a white male reportedly entered the back door of the business and swiped a wallet.

Witnesses initially reported seeing a young man running downvalley from the Obermeyer building in the ABC. Witnesses also told deputies the white man was in his 30s, approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds, with average-length, brown hair. He also was wearing dark glasses, baggy blue jeans and a navy blue, polo-type, zip-hoodie sweatshirt. The sweatshirt was described as having “USA Polo” on the front and a large number “3” on the back.

Anyone with information can call the Sheriff’s Office at (970) 920-5300.

ASPEN – The Shining Stars Foundation is collecting new toys and items for the children in the Shining Stars families through Dec. 15 for its holiday party on Dec. 17.

The drive benefits children with cancer and life-threatening diseases, and their siblings, by helping them celebrate the holidays. The toys and items can be dropped off at the Inn at Aspen, located off of Highway 82 at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. Cash and gift cards are also appreciated. Gifts do not have to be wrapped.

For more information, contact the Shining Stars office at 925-STAR (7827) or visit

ASPEN – A celebration of the life of longtime valley dentist Dr. William (Bill) Wesson will take place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Mountain Chalet in Aspen. Wesson passed away Oct. 20, 2011.

The event is billed as a “Time to Smile and Say Good-bye.” Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish and story to share. There will be a cash bar as well.

For more details call Debra at (970) 343-2415 or Bobbi at (970) 925-9500, ext. 3336.