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Police say there is nothing suspicious about the death of a 55-year-old woman whose body was found in her apartment at Hunter Creek Condominiums on Friday evening.The cause and manner of her death are still under investigation, Aspen Police Detective Jim Crowley said. An autopsy, along with toxicology work, is scheduled for Monday.The identity of the woman, who lived at 124 Vine St., is not being released until her family members are notified. Police went to the apartment at 8 p.m. Friday in response to a welfare check request.

To create joint ownership of the Midvalley Medical Center, last week Orthopaedic Associates of Aspen and Glenwood sold individual office spaces to tenants in the medical center located along Highway 82 between Basalt and El Jebel. The office shares space in the Midvalley Medical Center with Alpine Medical Group, Roaring Fork Physical Therapy, AVH/Aspen Valley Pediatrics, All-Valley Women’s Care and the Midvalley Ambulatory Surgery Center. Each tenant had previously been renting space in the building from Aspen Valley Hospital. In December 2004, a private investor offered to purchase the Midvalley Medical Center from Aspen Valley Hospital for $3.6 million by Dec. 31, 2004. Orthopaedic Associates matched the private investor’s offer to buy the building so existing tenants would be able to purchase their own office space. It then negotiated and purchased the land under the building and finished converting the building into condominium units so the units could be sold to tenants. “We appreciate Orthopaedic Associates stepping up to buy the building, purchasing the land, condominiumizing the building and then selling us our office space – giving us an ownership stake we otherwise would not have now,” said Dr. Kelly Locke of Alpine Medical Group. “In owning our office space, we feel much more at home now and look forward to offering our services to residents of the valley for years to come.”

The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin the construction of two roundabouts in west Glenwood Springs on Monday. The project location is at Interstate 70, exit 114, extending east and west along the adjacent stretch of U.S. 6 from Storm King Road to 135 Road, and north and south from the Midland Avenue Bridge over the Colorado River to Mel Ray Road. The improvements will include the construction of two, two-lane concrete roundabouts – one on the north side of I-70 at the intersection of U.S. 6 and Midland Avenue; and one on the south side of I-70 connecting Midland Avenue and Riverine Road/Gilstrap Court.The roundabouts are being constructed to ease traffic congestion and improve safety at the currently signalized intersections. The existing intersections would not be able to safely and adequately accommodate future traffic due to the development at Glenwood Meadows, according to CDOT. For the duration of the construction, which is anticipated to be completed by November 2005, traffic will be reduced to a single, 12-foot-wide lane in all directions approaching and through the work zones. Hours of work will be daylight hours, (roughly 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) Monday through Friday, and some weekends, weather permitting.


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