News in Brief
Mayor wants council to meet Tuesdays ASPEN Mayor Mick Ireland found himself a bit unprepared for Monday nights meeting. Thats why he wants to pursue moving the regular Aspen City Council meeting to Tuesdays instead of Mondays. He asked his colleagues to consider the suggestion and discuss it at a later time. Irelands reasoning was that its difficult to prepare for a Monday meeting when agendas are hundreds of pages long and he has only a few days to review it, especially if he is out of town over the weekend. His fellow council members didnt comment on the suggestion. Some did, however, nod in the affirmative that they find themselves in a time crunch when reviewing material they receive just a few days before.DA won’t pursue charges against snowboarderASPEN A man who collided with a parked snowmobile at the Snowmass ski area in February will not face charges of snowboarding drunk.Assistant District Attorney Gail Nichols said she would have charged Steve Rath, 39, with snowboarding drunk – a petty crime less serious than a misdemeanor – if he lived in Colorado. Because Rath lives in Florida, however, Nichols cannot serve the petty offense unless Rath accepts it voluntarily, which Nichols said he would not.”He suffered severe injuries,” Nichols said of Rath’s seven broken bones, including a splinter fracture to one of his legs, a broken pelvis and broken vertebra. “He’s been punished already.”The Snowmass Police Department and the Aspen Skiing Co. investigated the incident, which happened in the Burlingame Flats area near the Honda Ski Tour superpipe.Nichols said there was enough evidence to charge Rath with breaking the Colorado Skier Safety Act banning boarding while impaired. Though Rath enlisted Snowmass attorney Cynthia Tester to explore a negligence lawsuit against the Skico, there has been no civil suit filed. 10th Mountain Huts opening for summer seasonThe 10th Mountain Division Hut Association huts will open for hiking and mountain biking starting July 1.Located between 9,700 and 11,770 feet in the central Colorado Rockies between Aspen, Leadville and Vail, the huts are adjacent the Holy Cross, Mount Massive, and Hunter-Fryingpan wilderness areas.Each hut sleeps 16 and includes a living/dining area heated by wood-burning stoves, propane cook stoves, mattresses, pillows, cooking utensils and kitchen supplies. Lighting is provided by a solar photovoltaic system. Guests need to bring sleeping bags, food and personal items; motorized access for physically challenged or senior citizens is available at some huts. The association established the system in 1982 to honor the members of the Tenth Mountain Division who trained for service in World War II in the mountains between Aspen, Vail and Leadville. The cost for an overnight stay at a hut is $28 per person per night. To make a reservation, call (970) 925-5775 or check hut availability online at http://www.huts.org.
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The extended ski season at Snowmass Ski Area comes to a close April 25 after a bonus week of shredding that includes beer-sliding shenanigans, free parking and lots of still-skiable terrain.