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The city of Aspen will contract with the Aspen Global Change Institute to spearhead a 10-month study of the likely impacts of global warming on the resort.

The City Council voted 3-1 Monday to approve the contract, for up to $120,028, with Councilman Torre dissenting.

Torre said he supports the study, but called it premature to move it forward before the city’s new global warming project manager, Dan Richardson, is on the job and before Aspen explores what other players might want to be partners in the study.

The assessment is a logical first step in the city’s Canary Initiative, its new program to combat global warming, said John Worcester, city attorney.

“We really don’t know where we’re going until we do this study,” he said.

It’s also important to have the assessment completed before a planned major conference on global warming in Aspen next summer, Worcester said.

Two eastbound vehicles collided near the New Castle exit on Interstate 70 Monday, sending one vehicle partially into the Colorado River and all three passengers to the hospital.

A Jeep and a Toyota Tercel were traveling next to each other about 75 miles per hour when the Jeep, in the left-hand lane, started to swerve, according to initial reports from the New Castle Police Department.

At some point, the vehicles collided and both lost control, said New Castle Police Chief Chris Sadler.

The Tercel rolled three times and ended up facing west in the westbound lanes. The occupants of that vehicle, a 23-year-old Rifle woman and a 2-year-old child belted in a car seat, were taken to Valley View Hospital. The woman was in stable condition Monday, and the child was uninjured, said New Castle police officer JuLynn Saunders.

“There is a great argument for car seats,” she said.

The Jeep also rolled then jumped the guardrail and hit the river bank before landing upside down, pinned between a small tree and the river bank, Sadler said.

Sadler said he didn’t know how the man, whose name was not immediately known, got out, but he was sitting on the guardrail when police arrived, he said.

That man was also taken to Valley View Hospital with minor injuries, Saunders said. Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

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