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DA candidate debate to air on GrassRoots TVGrassRoots TV in Aspen and Basalt will air this week’s on-air debate between the 9th Judicial District attorney and candidates for the office, according to the station manager.The debate, in which incumbent Colleen Truden will face off against candidates Martin Beeson and Chip McCrory, is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the Glenwood Springs City Council Chambers. The debate is being broadcast live to cable television viewers in Glenwood and Carbondale, and is being videotaped for later showings by the Glenwood Springs Cable Co.GrassRoots TV station manager Corby Anderson said he will get a copy of that videotape to air noon and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9; at 9 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday and 12:30 a.m. Monday.Truden is facing recall in a general election on Dec. 13; Beeson and McCrory are vying to replace her if she is recalled.The 9th Judicial District comprises Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties.GrassRoots TV is available on channel 12. For further information, visit http://www.grassrootstv.orgEnCana past Dec. 1 drilling cutoffEnCana has passed a Dec. 1 deadline that calls for ceasing drilling operations to protect wintering elk. The Bureau of Land Management, which set the stipulation, has granted the company an extension.EnCana sent a letter to Grass Mesa homeowners Wednesday explaining the situation.While the company was completing on one of its wells, HMU 4-13, on Grass Mesa south of Rifle, a piece of tubing broke apart and stuck in the hole.”Under the circumstances, EnCana has requested permission from the BLM to continue operations beyond the normal December 1 winter stipulation deadline,” according to the letter, which EnCana operations field leader David Grisso wrote to the Grass Mesa homeowners.Grisso said the work would take from two to three weeks to complete.Although EnCana drills on private land, its roads cross BLM, so it must abide by the Dec. 1 stipulation. (From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent)Icy temps don’t deter crowd at Breck lift openingThe thermometer at the base of Peak 8 hovered at zero degrees Monday morning, but the frigid temperatures didn’t deter a crowd from gathering at nearly 12,000 feet for a ride on the highest chairlift in North America. Breckenridge Ski Resort officials and Mayor Ernie Blake cut the red ribbon on the new Imperial Express SuperChair on Peak 8 just after 10 a.m. in front of about 75 eager skiers and snowboarders.The 15-chair, high-speed quad opened about five weeks ahead of schedule, thanks to early-season snowfall that is 180 percent above normal for this time of year, said resort chief operating officer Roger McCarthy.The lift opens up access to 400 acres of terrain above treeline, including chutes, bowls and steeps.”For the skier who’s been in Breckenridge for a long, long time, this is a huge, huge thing because – 12,840 feet – you’re way up there,” McCarthy said.Before the new lift, skiers and riders hoping to access terrain at the top of Peak 8 had to hike 45 minutes along the ridgeline from the top of the T-bar.The Imperial Express replaces Loveland’s Chair 9 as the highest lift in North America, surpassing that lift by less than 200 feet. (From the Summit Daily News)