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Staff reportThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Those wishing to enjoy a final ride over Independence Pass had better cram it in quick.At 1 p.m. Friday, the Colorado Department of Transportation, in anticipation of this weekend’s winter storm, will close the scenic portion of Highway 82 southeast of Aspen. The agency made its announcement Thursday.Weather permitting, the road will reopen over Memorial Day weekend.

ASPEN – The New Jersey Relief Fund, set up to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy, is open for donations at Alpine Bank.Donors can simply walk into an Alpine Bank location, identify the fund by name, and contribute to it. Also, drop-off spots for items – winter clothes and jackets, nonperishables, cleaning supplies, kids clothing and toys, and hygiene products – are at The Aspen Times (310 E. Main St.) and 520 Grill (520 E. Cooper Ave.) in Aspen. As part of the relief drive, the Regal nightclub will hold a benefit Friday. Donations will be accepted at the door, and well drinks will be free from 10 to 11 p.m.A group of locals plans to haul the items to New Jersey to help victims of Sandy, especially those in Monmouth County and surrounding areas. For more details, call 970-379-4521.

ASPEN – This weekend will be the last chance to buy the Classic Pass in the Roaring Fork Valley. The pass will be on sale at the Buttermilk ticket office from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.A four-day Classic Pass is $219. The seven-day pass is $349.The sale of the pass coincides with the annual sports sale by D&E Ski and Snowboard Shop and Four Mountain Sports. The sale offers 40 to 70 percent off winter and summer gear and clothing. Sale items include skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, kids gear, summer and winter streetwear, shoes, helmets, goggles, downhill bikes, cross-country bikes and road bikes.For more information about four- and seven-day Classic Passes, visit

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