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Man dies in front of Hotel JeromeASPEN A 53-year-old Front Range man died of unknown causes on the sidewalk in front of the Hotel Jerome on Wednesday morning.The man was the driver of a truck for Recall, a document recycling company. According to doormen at the Hotel Jerome, the man parked illegally in front of the hotel and went across the street to U.S. Bank for a pick-up. At the time, they asked him to move the truck. “He was super-irate from the get-go,” said Zach Hooper, a doorman at the Jerome. When the driver returned, doormen again asked him to park the truck elsewhere and said the driver told them to call the police if they wanted it moved. Hooper was inside making that call when he saw the man fall backward, away from the truck and hit his head on a post in front of the hotel. “As soon as I looked up, I saw him get thrown off the truck,” Hooper said. “Now I feel absolutely horrible.”From what Hooper and other witnesses said, police originally thought something on the truck might have electrocuted the man. However, Aspen police officer Brian Nichols said there was no evidence of electrocution. Nichols and other police officers, along with medics, performed CPR on the unconscious driver. Pitkin County deputy coroner Michael Ferrara said the cause of death is still under investigation. He said that a report will be available this morning after an autopsy in Grand Junction. (Joel Stonington)Vail general store closes its doorsMolly Vaughn remembers the Rucksack’s great sticker collection.She would come to the store as a child for things like stickers, toys, wrapping paper and greeting cards when her family vacationed in Vail.Now, some 17 years after she first visited the store, it’s strange to see it closing its doors, Vaughn said.”It’s weird because it’s one of the places I always come and send people to,” said Vaughn, who grew up in Illinois and now lives in Vail. “It’s just weird.”The Rucksack is closing after 45 years on Bridge Street in Vail Village. The general store sells T-shirts, toys, medicine, greeting cards, books and magazines.It opened in December 1962, during Vail’s first winter. Its last day will be July 13. (Vail Daily)Summit Campus dean is moving onSUMMIT COUNTY It was a bittersweet moment when Colorado Mountain College Dean Leah Bornstein, made the final decision Wednesday to take the next step in her professional career.She leaves behind the college she helped grow in Summit County during the past four years.In a little more than two months, she will be on her way to Flagstaff, Ariz., to take over as the first female president of Coconino Community College. And the legacy she leaves includes plans for a new facility in Breckenridge, bringing to fruition an idea the day after she became dean in 2003.”It’s a good time for leadership change because [CMC is] in a strong place. … Summit Campus only has good things coming,” she said.The college’s enrollment is up 10.5 percent over last year, a new nursing program and entrepreneurship certificate program will begin in the fall, and a strategic plan is completed through 2010. Bornstein attributes the growth to the community and faculty that come together to take on “incredible initiatives” with a “great, positive, can-do attitude and creative ideas. … It’s a pleasure to work with that kind of enthusiasm and work ethic.” As she nears the end of her career at CMC, Bornstein will be busy finalizing plans with Breckenridge for the new facility near the entrance to town.”That’s truly a priority for me,” she said.After Labor Day, when she starts at Coconino Community College, her first task will be to get to know the school, the needs and then create a plan to move forward. (Summit Daily News)
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