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News in Brief

A Comcast spokeswoman said customers throughout the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys should again have high-speed Internet service today.Comcast spokeswoman Cindy Parsons said a train derailment four miles west of Kremmling caused the two-day outage. A rock slide knocked the train off its tracks early Tuesday morning. The accident damaged a fiber optic cable, which carries the high-speed Internet service. Comcast repair crews were not able to get to the cable in order to repair it until the train wreck was cleared Wednesday afternoon.The accident did not affect television cable because those services are provided by local hubs in and around the cities with cable service.”We are working as quickly as possible to get the high-speed Internet service back up,” Parsons said Wednesday afternoon.Season starts Friday at LovelandSUMMIT COUNTY If this weeks storm hasnt already spurred you to wax your boards, the news from Loveland Ski Area should add some incentive. Marketing director John Sellers said the ski area will fire up one chairlift Friday for one of its earliest openings ever. The earliest opening day on record is Oct. 6, 1985, Sellers said.We got 18 inches out of this storm and theyre making snow like crazy, Seller said, adding that Loveland will open with its usual offering of one top-to-bottom, 1,000-vertical-foot run. The storm should enable the ski area to open some additional terrain earlier than usual, perhaps as soon as this weekend, Sellers said.Loveland has been the clear leader in the ongoing opening-day derby, at least for the past 10 years, but Arapahoe Basin has become a factor since installing a top-to-bottom snowmaking system a few seasons ago. The Legend previously announced a scheduled opening day of Oct. 21 and resort officials said Wednesday theyre still targeting that date.Sellers said one group of skiers and boarders has already set up camp in Lovelands parking lot, planning on being first on the chair come Friday morning. He wouldnt discuss how many people have showed up in the past for opening day but said last year marked one of the best openings ever.Tickets on opening day will be $38.Area resorts received up to 2 feet of snow from the storm that blew in Sunday. Power was knocked out at A-Basin, temporarily halting snowmaking. (From the Summit Daily News)