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ASPEN The Given Institute in Aspen is sponsoring a “Complementary Medicine for Better Health” lecture at 5:30 p.m. today, featuring several area specialists.The talk is the second in a three-part Aspen Skiing Co. series. It will feature comments by Dr. Tucker Meager, a physician licensed in Washington state who practices as a naturopath; David S. Jensen, a chiropractor and well advisor who has worked with professional football teams, skiers and Winter X Games participants; and Aaron Nickamin, Chinese herbalist, acupuncturist and specialist in pain management and detoxification.The talk will focus on preventative treatment and maintenance based on alternative medicines and techniques, and how to blend those techniques with traditional Western medicine to improve overall health.The lecture is free and open to all, though supporters of the Aspen Given Foundation may reserve seats in advance. The Given Institute is at 100 E. Francis St.

ASPEN The Aspen Skiing Co. spent Tuesday announcing the promotion of four workers within the company.The Skico has promoted John Rigney to vice president, sales and events, and Connie Hamlin to director of sales. Auden Schendler is the new executive director, community and environmental responsibility and corporate contributions, and Matt Hamilton is the new manager of community and environmental responsibility and corporate contributions.Skico President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Kaplan announced the promotions, effective Tuesday.Rigney has been with the Skico for 17 years, starting in ticketing. In his new role, he will oversee all event marketing and execution, sponsorships and worldwide sales efforts. He reports to David Perry, senior vice president, mountain division.Hamlin has been wth the Skico for 2 1/2 years as international sales/marketing manager responsible for the Australian, New Zealand, Asian and Canadian markets. She will now be responsible for all external domestic and international sales efforts. She reports to Rigney.Schendler has been with the Skico for the seven years as the director of environmental affairs. In his new position, Schendler will remain in charge of environmental efforts and corporate contributions and take on more civic engagement. He reports to Dave Bellack, senior vice president, general counsel.Hamilton has been with the Skico for 1 1/2 years and works hand-in-hand with Schendler.

ASPEN Feel like mingling with a group of doctors visiting from Bariloche, Argentina, and doing a little dancing at the same time?Then an event set for Saturday, Feb. 24, at Jimmy’s in Aspen is for you.Billed as “Dinner and Tango at Jimmy’s,” the event is a benefit for the Orthopaedic Associates of Aspen and Glenwood’s physician exchange program with Bariloche, Aspen’s sister city in the heart of the Argentine Patagonia district.The benefit is part of a week-long visit by doctors from Bariloche, which is to include the ongoing exchange of medical training and equipment between the two communities. The relationship between local doctors and the Ramon Carillo Hospital in Bariloche began in 2005 with a visit by Aspen doctors to South America.Tickets are $100 per person, and participants also will get a chance to bid on items in a silent auction, featuring donations from area businesses. The items up for auction include meals at the Redstone Inn, the Woody Creek Tavern, Syzygy and other restaurants; a round of golf for four at the Snowmass Club, music and a meal from the Aspen Music Festival and School and Poppie’s Restaurant, tango lessons, a private horseback tour in the midvalley and more.Dinner will start at 9:30 p.m., dancing will follow about an hour later; R.S.V.P. to Laura Pritchard, 920-4151.



NEW CASTLE A wildlife officer shot and killed a mountain lion Monday evening after a motorist struck the animal and dragged it off the road, and it then wandered off.The lion was hit on Highway 6 west of New Castle around 8:30 p.m. Monday. Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton said authorities killed it because of the proximity of homes and schools.What we didnt want was an injured lion showing up in a day or two, because they can be very aggressive at that point, he said.He said hes not sure the lion would have survived anyway. It apparently suffered a significant neck injury when it was hit, he said.The animal apparently was stunned or unconscious after being hit, allowing the driver to move it off the highway, Hampton said.He knew it was alive. He didnt have any way to put it down at the time, Hampton said. He did the right thing by contacting us.Two DOW officers responded, along with the Colorado State Patrol and New Castle police. By the time they arrived, the lion had managed to rouse itself and had left the scene, leaving a blood trail behind. Officers contacted the U.S. Department of Agricultures Wildlife Services, asking the agency to bring out lion hounds and hunt and kill the lion.However, DOW officers ended up tracking down the lion quickly on their own, following the blood trail using flashlights and spotting the animal in some brush.They could see sort of the eye glow; it started toward them down the hill, he said.At that point, one of the officers shot the animal. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)


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