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News in Brief

Daily News promotes HooperASPEN The next chapter in Aspen’s newspaper war unfolded Wednesday, as Aspen Daily News publisher Dave Cook appointed longtime reporter Troy Hooper to the position of editor. Current Editor Rick Carroll’s last day at the Daily News is Friday. He becomes the managing editor of The Aspen Times on Monday, Jan. 22.”Troy understands the spirit and philosophy of the Aspen Daily News,” Cook said. “He’s the best internal candidate given the notice we’ve had from Rick.”Hooper not only understands the “hard news philosophy” of the Daily News, Cook said, but has a deep connection to the area.”He’s done everything from cops and courts to city hall,” Cook said, and Hooper has been managing editor at the paper before.Hooper will still write and report for the paper, but as editor he’ll focus on the paper’s vision and philosophy, Cook said. He admits that Hooper will have to be balanced and responsible in his reporting, but added, “he’s up to the task.””I’m kind of humbled and overwhelmed by the experience,” Hooper said. “I look forward to continuing and upping the level of competitiveness.”Born and raised in Boulder, Hooper majored in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He started as a summer intern for the now-defunct Boulder Planet, and he worked there as a reporter for a year and a half after college before coming to Aspen in 1999 to become a reporter for the Aspen Daily News.Hooper spent roughly seven years as a reporter and editor before resigning in June 2006. But Cook offered Hooper a senior reporter position, and Hooper agreed to stay on a part-time basis.Hooper is a consistent freelancer for the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News, and has done occasional projects for a handful of magazines.The departing Carroll said he’d done all he could do at the paper, but Hooper said, “We feel there’s a whole lot more that the Daily News can do.”The 31-year-old Hooper is single and enjoys life in Aspen, everything from the outdoor life to local arts, music and programs at the Aspen Institute. He also enjoys the town’s freewheeling attitude and dynamic character. “I want to better reflect the community,” he said.The Daily News will take on two new reporters, one to replace Hooper as well as a new staff member, he said.Ritter to visit Eagle CountyEAGLE COUNTY Gov. Bill Ritter Sunday will make his first visit to Eagle County since taking office, attending mass in Eagle then meeting residents in Edwards.Ritter will be at St. Marys Church in Eagle at 10:30 a.m. and then meet residents at Fiestas Restaurant in Edwards from 11:45 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Eagle County Democrats said residents of all political affiliations are invited.Since his inauguration, Ritter has also visited Grand Junction and Steamboat Springs on the Western Slope. (Vail Daily)Area senior goes Air ForceDENVER U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar nominated Pitkin County’s Ashley Fish for appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.The nomination is a requirement for acceptance at the academy, and Fish has a good chance of acceptance, said Cody Wertz, communications director for Salazar.”She’s a star student with awards in many areas,” Wertz said. “She’s got a great résumé.”Fish received the Star Student Award as well as awards in chemistry, French, geology, literature and composition. She also participated in the Model United Nations.But while her record and her nomination bode well for her acceptance, the ultimate decision is up to the academy.Fish was one of 60 out of a total of 230 seniors who applied to receive Salazar’s recommendation. Salazar will hold two receptions for nominees at 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at the University of Denver and at 2 p.m. at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs.Fish will receive notification of whether she is accepted sometime between February and April and may start at the academy in June.”I am encouraged to see so many bright young stars interested in serving our nation. They are the future of our country, and we will look to them to defend our freedom and way of life.” Salazar said in a prepared statement. “Safeguarding America is one of the most worthy aspirations a young person can have.”

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