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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Los Angeles indie rock band Awolnation will play a free, outdoor concert Saturday in downtown Aspen in conjunction with the Winter X Games.

The show is the latest in this winter’s series of Bud Light Hi-Fi concerts. The band will perform at 5:30 p.m. at the base of Aspen Mountain.

Awolnation is the product of lead singer Aaron Bruno and Red Bull Records. The group’s biggest single, “Sail,” was featured this season in a couple of ski flicks – Matchstick Productions’ “Attack of La Nina” and Teton Gravity Research’s “One for the Road.”

BASALT – An open house will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 at Basalt Town Hall focusing on Grace Park – the name given to the open space parcel near Basalt High School that was acquired in 2010 by the town and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails.

The community is invited to offer its input on a master plan for the 25-acre property, where a community garden is envisioned and a BMX track for nonmotorized bikes has been proposed. In addition, the county is planning trail improvements leading up onto Light Hill. The parcel includes pasture on the valley floor and extends up onto the hill, abutting Bureau of Land Management property.

Open Space and Trails is calling for “appropriate” seasonal closures of the Light Hill access, as determined by the BLM, according to Gary Tennenbaum, land steward for the county program. The high school, he said, is interested in continued winter access for educational purposes, though area wildlife officials have proposed closing off winter access to Light Hill from behind the school.

ASPEN – The Community Office for Resource Efficiency is seeking a new executive director after Nathan Ratledge’s decision to step down in order to further his education.

CORE, with offices in Aspen and Carbondale, works with local governments, businesses, individuals and utilities on initiatives to create improvements in energy and water efficiency.

Ratledge, who intends to remain involved with CORE, will pursue a master’s degree at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, starting in August. CORE posted a job description for the director’s post at on Tuesday; the deadline for applications is Feb. 17.

At Princeton, Ratledge said, he will focus on energy and climate policy and environmental economics.

“I’ll be studying, essentially, what CORE has been doing for the past two decades in hopes of bringing our ideas and other innovative concepts to larger markets,” Ratledge said in a press release. “As part of my graduate studies, I hope to continue to help CORE and the community implement programs and policies that benefit the environment and our local economy.”

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