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EAGLE (AP) – The family of a star 13-year-old Alpine skier who was killed in a collision with a snowmobile at the Vail ski area filed a lawsuit Friday alleging negligence by the resort and driver.Ashley Stamp of Steamboat Springs was warming up for a slalom race when Mark Chard, a Vail employee and race crew member, drove by on Dec. 19. Prosecutors spent months investigating the accident and in April decided against filing criminal charges.The lawsuit filed in District Court on behalf of Ashley’s parents, Aaron and Kelly Stamp, alleges Vail Associates Inc. failed to adequately test, train and supervise its employees. It also names Chard as a defendant.The suit seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.”This case needs to go forward,” said Stamp attorney Bill Gray. “We intend to pursue it with the utmost vigor.”Kelly Ladyga, a spokeswoman for Vail, declined to comment.Gray said Ashley’s parents weren’t available for comment.In deciding against filing charges, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Chard was traveling at “a reasonable speed” of about 15 mph when the machine he was driving hit Stamp.

GOLDEN (AP) – A door of opportunity has opened for a Front Range commuter train, Sen. Ken Salazar told a group of railway supporters Saturday, but he said it won’t be there for long.Salazar spoke at the Front Range Commuter Rail Conference at the Jefferson City Fairgrounds, where about 50 people gathered to discuss the ideas and challenges of building a railway system that would run from Fort Collins to Pueblo and eventually connect Cheyenne, Wyo., to Albuquerque, N.M.”It’s time to make this vision – that is so unique in its opportunity – a reality for this state,” said Salazar, D-Colo.Support for such a project is increasing, he said, because of FasTracks, the $4.7 billion rail project in metro Denver that voters overwhelming supported in November’s election. “It ushered in a whole new era of support for moving people in alternative ways,” he said after his speech.A commuter rail system is a complex and expensive project that generally takes about four to six years to complete, said Gene Skoropowski, general manager for Capitol Corridor, which runs a rail system between Sacramento, Calif., and Oakland, Calif.

BOULDER (AP) – Police say they are investigating two reports of racial attacks that could be related to an assault last week that resulted in a broken jaw for a 22-year-old black University of Colorado student.Publicity of the June 3 attack on Andrew Sterling led two women to come forward to police with separate reports this week, Police Chief Mark Beckner said Friday. He said the descriptions of the attackers were similar in all three cases.”It has created some fear in our community. We want to be clear that Boulder does not tolerate these types of incidents,” Beckner said at a news conference.Police spokeswoman Julie Brooks said the attack on Sterling and the two other incidents within the past 11 days bring to nine the number of “ethnic-intimidation” cases reported in Boulder since 2003. Meanwhile, a string of racially motivated crimes was reported on the University of Colorado campus earlier this spring.Beckner said that on June 4, a 33-year-old white woman who has two biracial children was verbally assaulted with racist epithets while she was pinned to her car from behind.


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