In Brief: Ice rink opens, upcoming pet adoption event, West Springs back in compliance |

In Brief: Ice rink opens, upcoming pet adoption event, West Springs back in compliance

Snowmass Base Village opens ice rink

The rink in Snowmass Base Village opened Saturday for free skating from 1-9 p.m. daily, conditions permitting. Free skate rentals are available in the vintage 1959 Airstream caravan next to the rink.

This is the fifth season the rink has been open in Base Village. Events and activities include:

  • The Bud Light Game of Stones curling series, featuring a head-to-head elimination competition. The series is free from 3-5 p.m., Thursdays beginning Dec. 22 through Feb. 23. Competitions are first-come, first-served.
  • On Saturdays, beginning Dec. 24, The Collective will host “Disco Parties on the Rink.” The parties will take place from 3-6 p.m. and feature the spinning and mixing of music by DJ Tenza throughout the evening. Costumes are encouraged.
  • Local skating clubs will perform free, family skating shows throughout the winter, with the first performance at noon on Dec. 24.

Parking is free in the Snowmass Base Village parking structure after 3 p.m., and free shuttles run from the Rodeo Lot, Intercept Lot, and Aspen throughout the day. 

To book a private group or for questions about the rink, contact The Collective at 970-924-6054 or via email. For information on activities and events at The Collective Snowmass and The Rink this winter, visit

FirstBank to host pet adoption event

FirstBank’s 10 Acts of Goodness campaign, which celebrates 10 years of banking in the Roaring Fork Valley, continues with another feel-good event, this one featuring dogs and cats: Find your Fur-ever Friend at FirstBank in Glenwood Springs (2014 Grand Ave.) on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 3-5 p.m.

Pet lovers, owners, and enthusiasts are invited into the branch to meet adoptable dogs and cats and possibly find a “fur-ever” friend for the holidays, bank officials said.

Maroon Creek Caucus to hold annual meeting

The Maroon Creek Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the T-Lazy-7 Ranch Event Lodge on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m. All members are invited to attend, and the public is welcome to join, according to the caucus.

West Springs Hospital back in compliance, officials say

West Springs Hospital — the 48-bed, inpatient psychiatric facility owned and operated by Mind Springs Health — is now in full compliance with its licensing agency, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Minds Springs announced. 

Following the arrival of Mind Springs Health’s new CEO, John Sheehan, in early August, the organization made a number of key staffing changes within its leadership team, while also engaging Chartis Health, the nation’s leading health-care advisory firm. Chartis has been onsite at West Springs Hospital, working directly with staff to transform quality and accessibility, while also focusing on key compliance issues, according to Mind Springs officials.

One of the core deficiencies sited in an earlier audit was the hospital’s failure to operate a true psychiatric emergency department. Under the direction of Mind Springs Health’s new Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Conklin, a new psychiatric emergency department was set up.

“During the course of my nearly 30-year career in health care, I have opened two psychiatric emergency departments, which both took around nine months to open,” Sheehan said.  “The amazing work (and countless hours) that went into this effort by Dr. Conklin and his team is incredible. Now, our community has a safe place to go, 24-hours a day, when experiencing a mental-health crisis.”

The psychiatric emergency department is open to the public and fully-operational and expects to be taking direct transfers from law enforcement in January, according to Mind Springs.