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Four delegates from Mexico City are visiting Aspen this week as part of an “international professional development program” sponsored by the Rotary Foundation.

The group, which will be in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley until Oct. 20, will give a presentation at a meeting of the Latino Networking Council on Thursday at the Carbondale Town Hall at 4 p.m.

The group is lead by Maria Elena Sanchez Perez, a member of Rotary Club International and coordinator of a group of language teachers at Uteca University in Mexico. Others in the group are non-Rotarians Emilio Zulbaran Alcantara, a graduate in business administration from Universidad Intercontinental; Fernando Becerril Orta, a mechanical-electrical engineer and systems manager; and Enrique Cruz Pedraza, an English teacher at Uteca University.

The Group Study Exchange Program is a way for men and women, aged 25 to 40 years, to check out the way of life, cultural and business institutions and how people in their own professions are living in other countries.

Heart attack kills Minnesota woman

A 52-year-old visitor from Minnesota died of an apparent heart attack Sunday at the Silver Bell Campground at the popular Maroon Bells tourist attraction, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Susan Peavey of Novi, Minn., was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

An autopsy was performed Monday to confirm the cause of death, and her identification was withheld pending notification of relatives.

How bad is Aspen’s air?

The city of Aspen Monday retrieved air-monitoring devices designed to test for diesel engine exhaust in Aspen’s air.

Three of the devices were intended to collect particles of the sizez that makes up the visible part of diesel engine exhaust. The fourth, placed at the Hotel Jerome, was intended to measure the quantity of oxides of nitrogen in the air. Nitrogen oxides are also a component of diesel exhaust.

The devices were deployed in early September, said Lee Cassin, director of environmental health for the city. One of the particle collectors was placed at the intersection of Mill and Main, where diesel vehicles often have to accelerate from a dead stop at the light. Another was placed near the U.S. Forest Service District Ranger Station at Hallam and Eighth, where diesel vehicles pass but don’t accelerate. The third was placed at the Aspen Music Festival tent, where diesel vehicles are seldom seen during off-season.

The study was begun, Cassin said, because members of the Aspen City Council, responding to citizen complaints, had expressed concerns about the number of diesel vehicles used in town. The intent is to determine how much of Aspen’s air pollution problem is contributed by diesel engines, and whether the situation is worse here than in other cities, she said.

The study is a joint project between Aspen’s Environmental Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which owns the monitors. Filters in the collecting devices will be analyzed at a Colorado Health Department lab, starting in early November. Results of the study should be available shortly after that.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2000


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