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Mike Kaplan, senior vice president of operations for the Aspen Skiing Co., has been named the new board chairman for the Aspen Valley Community Foundation.

Larry Marx is leaving the position, and Community Foundation Executive Director Ellen Freedman said during his tenure Marx focused his energy on growing the donor advised fund program.



“We are a much stronger, more focused organization because of Larry’s leadership,” Freedman said.

Kaplan has been board treasurer with the foundation for two years, and a board member since 2001.




“It’s exciting to take on a position with such a successful, proactive group that is not afraid to dig in and understand the issues affecting our community,” he said. “The board and staff are just awesome.”

Takah Sushi owner Casey Coffman said on Thursday that she’s hoping to open her venerable Aspen Japanese restaurant for business tonight, even if it’s for a glass of sake at midnight.

The restaurant, formerly located below grade off the Hyman Avenue mall, has moved to a larger space that’s still below grade at the corner of the Cooper Avenue and Mill Street pedestrian mall. The space that used to hold the Golden Horn restaurant has been completely gutted and renovated during the last 90 days.

Coffman said yesterday that she wasn’t taking reservations for tonight but was accepting them for Saturday night. She does, however, hope to get the space open as soon as possible.

“We’ll open and serve somebody something, even if it’s at midnight,” she said.

Police are looking for a man they say tried to kidnap a teenage girl at the 7-Eleven in Basalt on Thursday.

Basalt police officer Dean Everding said the girl was putting air into her vehicle’s tires around 1 p.m. The girl heard a voice behind her say, “Now it’s time to go with me,” and the man grabbed her arm.

She pulled away from the assailant and got into her car and drove away to tell police.

“We’ve got a basic description of the guy and a somewhat good description of the car but no license plate,” Everding said.

The man is described as a light-skinned male who has an Argentine accent. He is about 5 feet 10 inches tall with blond hair and a blondish mustache. He was wearing a jean jacket and jeans at the time. The suspect’s vehicle is a blue-metallic Volkswagen Passat.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Basalt police at 927-4316.

An unknown number of vandals seriously damaged a large menorah owned by the town of Vail during the overnight hours between Wednesday and Thursday.

The traditional Hanukkah symbol stood next to the town’s main Christmas tree in Slifer Plaza, between the Vail Village Transportation Center and the Covered Bridge.

The menorah went into the town shop for welding and electrical work after it was bent. Vasquez said it will be put back out by the Christmas tree Saturday, in time for the annual tree-lighting ceremony.

The motives of the vandals are unclear. But Vail police believe the vandalism was an isolated incident, rather than part of anything more sinister, because they found no anti-Semitic slogans or symbols and no similar acts of vandalism have been reported.

A similar incident with a 6-foot-tall menorah in Aspen this week was also not considered an act of anti-Semitism.