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Crested Butte Resort to bringback free ski daysCRESTED BUTTE (AP) Free ski days are coming back to Crested Butte.Reinstating a program that ended in 2000, Crested Butte Mountain Resort plans to offer free days Nov. 25 to Dec. 15, not including the Thanksgiving holiday, no strings attached, spokeswoman April Prout said.Prout said resort owners Tim and Diane Mueller decided to offer free skiing to show off two new chair lifts, new snowmaking and grooming equipment, and other improvements.Free skiing originally was offered to bring business to the resort during a slow period, Prout said. “Then the former owners sold off hotels and lodging, and it didn’t make sense because they had nothing new to show,” she said.Hit-and-run chase ends in the Colorado RiverGRAND JUNCTION (AP) Police captured a hit-and-run suspect in a motorcycle accident after he allegedly tried to swim away on the Colorado River.The man eluded police for about three hours Saturday night before swimming to shore, naked, bloody and screaming, the newspaper reported.Police had been looking for a suspect since about 5 p.m. Saturday, after a man on a motorcycle was accused of rear-ending two teenagers who were riding a bicycle with another teen being towed on a skateboard. The man apparently crashed his unregistered motorcycle after hitting the teens, then fled. The crash broke a 16-year-old boy’s leg.Police did not immediately identify the suspect.A witness reported a man walking toward the river, where he jumped in, police spokeswoman Linda Bowman said. The suspect eventually grabbed a partially submerged branch in the water and emerged after about 10 minutes.An officer placed a rope around him to help him up a steep bank. The man was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction and could face charges of vehicular assault and fleeing the scene of an accident.

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