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SILT, Colorado ” A small wildfire was burning Sunday on a private property island in the Colorado River north of Interstate 70 and west of Silt.

Several 911 calls came into the Garfield County Emergency Communication Center. Around 1:44 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies were patrolling the area.

The fire is the result of high winds that moved into the area after a permitted controlled burn from earlier in the day.



Approximately 30 acres have burned, but no structures are threatened.

Burning Mountains Fire Chief Brit McClin says, “Our main concern at this time is for the safety of all the personnel fighting this fire and the potential danger of this fire jumping the river with such high winds fueling it.”



ASPEN, Colorado ” High winds in the Roaring Fork Valley caused quite a bit of inconvenience for skiers and travelers Sunday.

The Silver Queen Gondola and the Bell Mountain chairlift on Aspen Mountain were shut down for the day at 10 a.m., said Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle. Skiers and boarders were forced to load on the Little Nell chair to access Lift 1A and the Ruthie’s chair.

The Sheer Bliss and High Alpine chairs at Snowmass were closed until 2 p.m. The Cirque lift never opened.

At Highlands, the Loge and Cloud Nine lifts were closed from 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m., Hanle said.

After that, the chairs ran slowly the rest of the day.

More than two dozen flights in and out of the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport were affected by winds on Sunday, said airport director Jim Elwood.

Flights outbound were canceled and delayed, and some incoming flights were either canceled or diverted to Grand Junction. Passengers were then bused to Aspen.

ASPEN, Colorado ” A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 21 at Jefferson County Court in the alleged murder for hire case against the ex-wife of Aspen prosecutor Richard Nedlin, authorities said Friday.

Elinor Dvir, 36, stands accused of solicitation of first-degree murder and solicitation of first-degree assault, based on documents filed with Jefferson County Court. She allegedly plotted to kill Nedlin.

She faces more than 20 years in state prison if convicted as charged. Dvir, a resident of Denver, is being held on $100,000 bond in Jefferson County jail.

ASPEN, Colorado ” Electric cars will soon be able to get charged up in Aspen’s public parking garage.

The city has OK’d the installation of 27 electrical outlets at the Rio Grande Parking Garage, allowing drivers of neighborhood electric vehicles ” or NEVs ” to plug in and recharge while the vehicles are parked. The juice won’t be free for the taking, though.

The city Parking Department will set up contracts with the owners of the vehicles for an access charge that will recoup the electricity fees associated with charging each vehicle, said Tim Ware, parking director. He hopes the spaces with outlets will be up and running by summer.

Drivers of the vehicles can park for free in town all day as a perk for no-emission vehicles, Ware noted.

“We’ve seen a big increase in the number of NEVs in Aspen,” Ware said in press release issued Friday to announce the plan. “Many NEV owners don’t live in town, but work here and want to use the vehicles during the day to run errands, etc. This gives them an option for parking the vehicles at night and charging them.”

“This is even more of an incentive to be eco-conscious with your vehicle of choice.”

The city plans to start with 27 spaces for plugging in vehicles, but can expand the number if it needs to, Ware said.


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