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News in Brief

The Environment Foundation, the Aspen Skiing Co.’s employee-run nonprofit charity, is now accepting grant applications for projects that improve or protect the Roaring Fork Valley environment. The application deadline for the fall cycle is 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1. The foundation supports environmental education and research, responsible stewardship of natural resources, protection of mountain ecosystems and outdoor recreation. The Aspen Skiing Co. Family Fund and the Aspen Valley Community Foundation match employee contributions. A board of directors consisting of Skico employees governs the foundation and decides which projects to fund. More than 1,400 employees – a record level of participants – contribute to the foundation annually, according to the company.Eligible recipients may be projects, private or nonprofit organizations, government agencies or individuals. The board of directors evaluates all grant applications first on compliance with the eligibility requirements, then on set selection criteria. The board suggests that maximum grant requests not exceed $15,000. Grant requests for less than $8,000 are more likely to be funded.Applicants can request an electronic grant application, eligibility guidelines or more information from Matthew Hamilton at mhamilton@aspensnowmass.com. Completed applications should be e-mailed to Hamilton.

The Aspen Writers’ Foundation has announced the program for its 2006 Winter Words series. The ninth annual series features six events between January and March with top writers.Winter Words opens Jan. 20 at the Given Institute with Charles Mann, award-winning journalist and author of the bestseller “1491.” Frank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the memoir “Angela’s Ashes,” appears Jan. 28 at the Wheeler Opera House. McCourt, who was forced to postpone his scheduled appearance at the Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival because of a sudden – and now resolved – health issue, will discuss his forthcoming memoir, “Teacher Man.”Ann Patchett, the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of the novel “Bel Canto,” returns to read from her new memoir, “Truth & Beauty,” Feb. 15 at the Given Institute. Lorraine Adams, Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent and author of the novel “Harbor,” is set for Feb. 23 at the Given Institute.Kent Haruf, who earned a Colorado Book Award for “Eventide,” the sequel to his National Book Award finalist, “Plainsong,” appears March 4 at the Given Institute. The series closes March 18 at a location to be determined with James Patterson, whose last 17 thrillers – including “Kiss the Girls” and “Mary, Mary” – have topped The New York Times bestseller list.Tickets and season subscriptions for Winter Words will go on sale Dec. 1. For further information, go to http://www.aspenwriters.org or call 925-3122.