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Police charge Aspen man with cocaine distributionUsing a confidential informant, Aspen police arrested a local man last week who is accused of cocaine distribution and possession.Jose Chaverri, 51, is charged with two felonies after police allegedly seized nearly an ounce of the drug at his residence at 935 E. Durant Ave. He also faces two lesser charges of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.The arrest involved an informant who allegedly told police he had purchased cocaine from Chaverri “numerous times,” says the warrantless arrest affidavit. The informant also said the suspect had a scale to measure the drug.Along with the drugs, the affidavit says police also found a scale, a vitamin bottle containing a cutting agent and an open box of baking soda.The cocaine was allegedly found in Chaverri’s possession and in a small box and a prescription bottle. The drugs weighed 20.4 grams, the affidavit says.Detective John Rushing declined to comment, saying the investigation is ongoing.Salazar proposes commission on health careCOLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – Lawmakers looking to control health care costs that have left 46 million Americans without medical insurance should seek advice from experts and statesmen, Sen. Ken Salazar said.”Our current health care system costs too much, it covers too little, and it hampers health care quality,” Salazar said Tuesday during a briefing at Colorado College.Salazar, D-Colo., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., are proposing a national commission that would study the number of uninsured, the rising cost of health care, and the effects on people and businesses.Salazar envisions a 10-member commission split between Democrats and Republicans, including health care workers and people with backgrounds in government service.He and McCain have offered a measure that would allocate $5 million for the proposed commission.Salazar said the commission would need about a year to draft recommendations for reforms.Mountain opens for powder dayOnly the smoke plumes from jets broke up the blue-bird skies above Beaver Creek where riders whooped and hollered in the sparkling powder.”Gotta love the Beav’,” Ryan Kelsey said while waiting in line with a few hundred riders for the frenzied rush to powder.Opening day schussers were fired up that more terrain opened this year than in recent years. “I’m totally excited; we’ve gotten good snow so far,” skier Kyle Walker said. “It’s better compared to years past.”Better means 412 acres, five lifts and 23 runs on opening day this year.”It’s way better than it was last year,” snowboarder Frank Herman said. “I’d say the opening is pretty good. The lines are thin too.”Herman, lucking out with a three-day weekend, plans to spend his time off riding the mountain. The Buffalo Ridge resident’s friend, Jon Rehnborg, exhibited no intentions of holding back his first time on the hill this year.”Going huge and find some trees,” he said.On the other hand, Katy Mullin – also out for the first time – didn’t plan on going quite as huge.”I wanted to get a warm-up run and my friend took me into the powder and trees,” she said. “It was pretty good – for a first run.”The good snow of the previous day on Rose Bowl quickly worsened Wednesday morning as the light snow got tracked out and packed down.”It seems like ski patrol and everybody else got up here before we were,” Cathleen de la Parra said of the runs in Rose Bowl. Still, she managed to relish opening day. “I’m having a blast because I’m with my friends.”Although patrollers marked off many thin spots and obstacles, the click of rocks against boards could be heard from the Rose Bowl chairlift. Below midmountain, man-made snow on groomers became chunky and hard. (From the Vail Daily)

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