Valley news briefs
Basalt library will host party for Yater-Wallace
Torin Yater-Wallace will have a special cheering section in his hometown of Basalt during tonight’s men’s halfpipe skiing competition at the Olympics.
The Basalt Regional Library will live stream the competition from on its big screen in the community room starting at 7:30 p.m.
“It’s certainly an event our community can be proud of,” library director Ann Scott said.
There will be popcorn and refreshments, just as there are for screenings of movies that the library holds, she said.
Scott said a community member urged her Tuesday morning to host the community support for Yater-Wallace. She checked with her staff to make sure they could pull it off on short notice. The staff said they could.
Yater-Wallace and Aspen’s Alex Ferreira were impressive in the qualification rounds Tuesday and qualified in the field of 12 for the finals.
Chapel Gallery to open mixed media show
“Still/Life,” an exhibition of mixed media works by local artists, will open at the Aspen Chapel Gallery on Wednesday.
A reception for the artists will run from 5 to 7 p.m. It will run through April 8.
Participating artists include Curt Carpenter, David Floria, Reina Katzenberger, Carol Loewenstern, Glenn Rappaport, Jill Sabella, Mindy Vernon, David Warner, Greg Watts and Brad Zeigel.
David Warner and Curt Carpenter curated the show.
“This show is not your usual idea of ‘still life,’” Warner said. “There are artists working in all different mediums, from watercolor, drawing, pottery, woodcuts, photography and acrylic. I think the visual impact of the show will redefine the definition of ‘still life’ as it relates to this art.”
Snowmass hires new housing director
The town of Snowmass Village announced Tuesday the hiring of Betsy Crum as its new housing director.
Crum joins the town from Hartford, Connecticut, where she works as the executive director of the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development.
She will assume the role following the death of former housing director Joe Coffey, who led the town’s housing department for nearly 40 years.
Crum has worked in housing and community development for more than 35 years and assumed leadership roles with housing coalitions and nonprofits.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in urban studies, Crum is skilled in housing development, financial packaging and management and strategic planning, according to a statement from the town of Snowmass Village. She also continued her education at MIT and at the University of St. Thomas.
“We had a lot of great candidates for this position but Betsy truly stood out due to her leadership and experience,” Snowmass Town Manager Clint Kinney said in a statement. “She brings a solid background with a great vision to continue to move us forward, and she will be a great fit with our team.”
Crum said she is excited to move to Colorado, where two of her children currently live.
“I’m so impressed with Snowmass Village and its approach to supporting its workforce housing needs,” Crum said. “I am really looking forward to working for the housing department, the town and all of the residents of Snowmass Village.”
Crum is expected to begin her new job in April.
Thrift Shop to temporarily close
The Thrift Shop of Aspen will be closed for cleaning starting Friday and will reopen Feb. 27.
The thrift shop also is asking donors to save clean and gently used clothing and household goods for delivery on or after Feb. 27.
The shop’s regular business hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
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