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Briefs (Skiers located, Cup Challenge next week)

Fourth Reusable Cup Challenge begins Monday

The Roaring Fork Valley is holding its fourth annual Reusable Cup Challenge from Monday through Feb. 14.

Twelve coffee shops in Aspen, Snowmass Village, Woody Creek, Basalt and Carbondale are entered in a friendly competition to determine which one can encourage the most customers to use reusable mugs.

The coffee shop that sells the highest percentage of coffee in reusable cups for the week wins $1,000 in energy-efficiency upgrades from Aspen CORE’s Energy Smart program as well as a free waste-audit from the Environmental Health Department.

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Skiers located, assisted

Mountain Rescue Aspen personnel were called to the Government Trail area Wednesday night to find and assist two cross-country skiers reported missing, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Nedra Hecker, of Charleston County, S.C., called local emergency dispatchers at about 8 p.m. Wednesday to say that her husband, Bruce Hecker, and brother-in-law, Carl Hecker, had not shown up at the West Buttermilk parking lot to be picked up at dusk. At 10:30 a.m., the two brothers left Snowmass Village for an excursion along the popular trail.

The Sheriff’s Office notified Mountain Rescue Aspen of the incident. Seven rescue-team members responded, and at about 10:15 p.m., five of them mobilized from the West Buttermilk parking lot into the backcountry to search for the missing skiers. Two remained at the parking lot to assist with logistics.

After a brief search, the two skiers were found. Uninjured, they were assisted safely down to the parking lot, the Sheriff’s Office said.