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The Winterskl Committee is accepting slogan submissions for the annual toast to winter, scheduled Jan. 13-16, 2011. Entrants are asked to consider the things they love about Aspen and its traditional winter event when interpreting the slogan for the “Diamond Anniversary” of Winterskl. The slogan should be a one- to five-word phrase and short enough to fit on a 3-inch, round button. The contest is limited to five entries per person. The winning slogan will appear on the official Winterskl button, in print and broadcast promotional materials, as well as hold a place in Aspen’s history. The winner will receive one pass to the 2011 Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen.All entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8. Entries can be submitted to ACRA at 425 Rio Grande Place, faxed to 920-1173, or e-mailed to jhardman@aspenchamber.org. The winner will be announced Friday, Oct. 15. For more information, call 925-1940. A Winterskl schedule of events will be released in November at http://www.aspenchamber.org.

Fire officials with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit expect some interior smoke and burning to continue on a prescribed fire near Basalt through the next week.Crews successfully conducted the 100-acre East Sopris Prescribed Fire on Saturday, three miles south of Basalt. The purpose of the burn was to reduce the risk of a wildfire burning from the public land onto private land, which helps improve public and firefighter safety. The burn will also bring much needed habitat benefits to wildlife in the area by creating openings in the brush and stimulating new, nutritious plant growth.The fire has continued to smoke within its interior intermittently as expected. A short-term flare-up of an interior pocket Wednesday evening generated a precautionary response from local crews, but did not threaten the perimeter of the burn.

Scott Tipton, Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, will hold a town hall meeting at Garfield County Commissioners Room (108 Eighth Ave.) in Glenwood Springs at 6 p.m. today, Sept. 17. The public is invited to listen, ask questions and learn more about Tipton and his position on jobs, the economy, health care, immigration and more.”This town hall meeting will be a terrific opportunity to meet with voters in the 3rd Congressional District and have a real conversation,” said Tipton. “I want voters from all party affiliations to participate and learn more about my campaign for Congress.”Tipton is running against Democrat John Salazar, who has held the seat since 2006.

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