News in Brief
November 7, 2007
ASPEN The Aspen Skiing Co. has adopted Alfred E. Neumans What, me worry? approach when it comes to Colorados balmy weather.There hasnt been any sign of snow for a few weeks, and daytime temperatures have climbed into the 50s and 60s. Nighttime lows dropped enough to allow crews to make snow beginning the night of Nov. 1.Temperatures have been very marginal, said Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle. Nevertheless, the snow guns blasted each Friday through Monday night at Aspen Mountain and Snowmass. Temperatures appear compatible through this week. Mother Nature might even help out Sunday. Some observers of dry conditions and snow-starved slopes at this point in November inevitably wring their hands and worry about the start of ski season, even though conditions are like this more often than not. Hanle said he gets peppered with questions about what the Skico is going to do.His said his response is always the same the weather will do what the weather will do. A few weeks ago, winter got off to an early start thanks to a few snowstorms, he noted. It proves that conditions can change quickly, so there is no sense in worrying.Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are due to open on Thanksgiving, just 15 days away.Hanle said Skico officials are eternal optimists. They figure that the weather will turn sour, which in this case would be sweet.
BASALT Frank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the memoir Angelas Ashes, will make a public appearance Dec. 2 at Town Center Booksellers in Basalt. The event is the first in the Out Loud! Family Series, a new series the Aspen Writers Foundation and Town Center Booksellers are presenting.Tickets will be necessary for the event; they are free, and will go to the first 70 Town Center patrons who purchase a copy of Angela and the Baby Jesus, McCourts new illustrated childrens Christmas book. One ticket will be issued for each purchase, with a maximum of three tickets per person. Purchases may be made either in person at Town Center, or by phone, at 927-BOOK (2665).In McCourts previous Aspen Writers Foundation appearance, in 2005, he drew a sold-out audience to the Wheeler Opera House.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS Dave Sturges won the only contested Glenwood Springs City Council race Tuesday, beating David Blazier for an at-large seat, by a 1,274-to-186 vote.Of the two, Sturges has a much longer presence in the community and more experience in municipal government. He works as a strategic planner, mediator, facilitator and driver of Downtown Drugs Drug Bug. Sturges has worked as an attorney for more than 30 years and has served on the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Transportation Commission and the Water Quality Control Commission. Hes also served on boards for United Way and LIFT-UP and serves on the boards of the Two Rivers Community Foundation and Roaring Fork Leadership.Hes said his goals include helping the community discuss and decide opportunities and challenges the city faces.Sturges couldnt be immediately reached for comment Tuesday night.Blazier campaigned as the less known of the two candidates, having been in Glenwood Springs for about four years. Hes worked in the hospitality industry and drives for Colorado Mountain Express.Blazier billed himself as the younger, different candidate who sought to infiltrate a city government he described as an old boys club. But he received criticism for what were called his extreme views after attention was drawn to some of his past letters he sent to newspapers criticizing baby-boomers and saying they should be killed off; an arrest years ago at Aspens Hotel Jerome also came to light. Blazier said previously the letter was not well written and didnt establish clearly enough a link between the elderly and the rich in A Tale of Two Cities.I knew that when I got quoted in the newspaper that I wanted to take old peoples homes away from them, which I didnt say at all, that I was going to lose most of the elderly vote, Blazier said Tuesday night.Mayor Bruce Christensen, running unopposed, was re-elected with 328 votes. Also winning unopposed were Russ Arensman (250 votes) and Shelley Kaup (195 votes).The new officials are on the agenda to be sworn in at a Nov. 15 City Council meeting. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)