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The Meadow Creek Fire burning in the Flat Tops, about eight miles north of New Castle, is transferring from federal fire managers to local management this week.

“Cooler temperatures and light precipitation have resulted in minimal fire spread and smoke, however if weather conditions change more active fire behavior can be expected,” according to a press update sent Wednesday by the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management.

In the meantime, the National Incident Management Organization that has been assigned to the fire is preparing to transition command to local fire managers, according to the release.



The lightning-caused fire has been burning since June 26 in rugged terrain in the Main Elk Creek drainage. The fire has not threatened any structures, and has been allowed to burn in order to accomplish several resource management goals in the area. As of Wednesday, the fire was still burning in a 1,452-acre area, with 17 firefighters and two helicopters on the scene.

For daily fire updates, call (970) 665-6746 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., or visit http://www.inciweb.org.



Carbondale Police are advising citizens to be on guard against catalytic converter thieves, after two cases were reported last weekend.

Both cases involved converters being stolen from Toyota pickup trucks, and took place in the same parking lot outside businesses on Dolores Way, Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling said.

The converters are part of a vehicle’s exhaust system, and are intended to limit emissions from the engine. They contain valuable metals that can be sold to metal recyclers.

In the case of the Carbondale thefts, the converters were valued at $400 apiece, Schilling said.

If a converter is missing, it will sound like there’s a large hole in the tailpipe when the vehicle is started.

PITKIN COUNTY, Colorado – Work is under way to replace the signal at the intersection of State Highway 82 and Brush Creek Road, approximately seven miles downvalley from Aspen.

The Colorado Department of Transportation hired WL Contractors of Littleton for the project, at a cost of $276,502.

The project, scheduled for completion in early September, involves replacement of the entire system, including new signal mast arms, signal heads, conduit and lighting.

Traffic impacts will include single-lane closures on both SH 82 and on Brush Creek Road, but not at peak rush hour times before 9 a.m. for upvalley traffic, and after 3 p.m. for downvalley traffic, Mondays through Fridays.

New Castle Town Council currently has one Council Member position vacant. To serve on Council, one must be a U.S. citizen, a registered voter, at least 18 years of age, and a resident of the Town of New Castle for at least 1 year. Council Members receive $370 per month.

Council meets in regular session the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, starting at 7 p.m., at New Castle Town Hall, located at 450 West Main Street. The person appointed would serve until April 2012.

Residents interested in serving on Council are encouraged to review orientation materials on the Town website at http://www.newcastlecolorado.org/Council_Orientation_Manual.

Submit your letter of interest by Aug. 12, 2010 to Town Clerk Lisa Cain by any of these methods: Hand-delivery to Town Hall at 450 West Main Street, Mail to P O Box 90, New Castle, CO 81647, Fax to (970) 984-2716 or E-mail to Lisa@newcastlecolorado.org.

Council will interview applicants on Aug. 17, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. If Council selects one of the applicants, that person will begin serving on Council starting that evening at 7 p.m. For additional information, call Ms. Cain at 984-2311.


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