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ASPEN ” Registration is open for the fourth annual Summit for Life. Formerly known as Storm the Stars, the race goes straight up Aspen Mountain at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The Summit for Life celebration promotes organ and tissue donation, and benefits the Chris Klug Foundation and the American Transplant Foundation. According to the Transplant Foundation, nearly 100,000 people in the U.S. are currently awaiting an organ transplant.

“I’m going to train a little harder this year, so I can try to break a 60-minute time to win a bet against my friends,” said Aspenite, Olympic medalist and transplant recipient Chris Klug.

Participants will travel more than 3,000 vertical feet to the top of Aspen Mountain at night using their preferred choice of lighting and nonmotorized equipment ” snowshoes, climbing skins and other creative means. After they cross the finish line, participants can stay for dinner at the Sundeck, awards, a raffle and live music by the Coyote Gospel. Prizes will be given to top finishers and top fundraisers.

Racers of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to participate.

Registration costs $40 per person, and includes race support, aid stations, dinner, entertainment and a goodie bag. By registering, racers must commit to raise at least $160 in pledges.

Those who do not wish to hike, but still want to support the cause, do have other options, including attending the post-race celebration.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Holly Upper at 970-300-4741 or

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” One of two men arrested and later released from jail in a police officer shooting was sentenced Friday to two years of probation in an unrelated case.

Sergio Esteban Ramirez, 20, was sentenced to intensive supervised probation, and also must complete 60 hours of community service. He previously pled guilty to one count of felony menacing with a real or simulated weapon, according to the Garfield County Combined Courts office.

The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office had originally filed two charges of first-degree aggravated motor-vehicle theft, two charges of criminal mischief and two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree aggravated motor-vehicle theft in addition to the felony menacing charge.

Ramirez and other defendants were accused in a case that involved use of a club in an attack on someone in the City Market parking lot in Rifle. Authorities also said they stole a Ford F150 pickup truck, went four-wheeling with it until crashing into a rock near Rifle, and stole a Ford Mustang, driving it off-road until it became stuck.

The second officer shooting suspect who was released for lack of evidence, Mauricio Villa Garcia Pena, 20, also entered a guilty plea in the joyriding case.