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Time of Benton’s fatal crash narrowedBASALT The Colorado State Patrol has revised the estimated time of longtime local Marci Bentons fatal crash based on preliminary results of an autopsy.Benton drowned between 7:30 and 8 a.m. on Christmas Eve day when her vehicle went off an embankment and into the Fryingpan River, according to Trooper Benjamin Steger. A coroner made the estimate based on Bentons body temperature, he said.Benton was driving about five miles up the Fryingpan Valley from Basalt when the accident occurred. She was eastbound, or traveling upvalley, and less than a quarter-mile from her house. Steger said he couldnt discuss the cause yet pending further investigation. The results of a standard toxicology test to determine if drugs or alcohol were in Bentons system arent available yet, he said.A memorial gathering in Bentons honor reportedly is being planned by friends in the Roaring Fork Valley, but no date has yet been set.Forest Service reviews outfitters permitsCARBONDALE The U.S. Forest Service is considering renewing permits for 13 outfitters and guides who operate in the White River National Forest and is seeking public comments as part of the review.The permits expire in 2008 for Chair Mountain Stables, Old Time Outfitting, Fryingpan Anglers, D & G Horses, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Colorado Mountain College, Avalanche Outfitters, Hawk Creek Outfitters, JT Horses, Taylor Creek Fly Shop, Sunlight Snowmobile Tours, Crystal River Tours and Outwest Guides. Permits that are reissued will be good for 10 years.These permits arent introducing any new uses on the Forest, Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Irene Davidson said in a prepared statement. They will allow these businesses to provide the same services on National Forest System land that they have historically provided.Any questions or concerns regarding either this program or the reissuing of specific permits may be directed to Brent Allred at (970) 963-2266. Written comments may also be submitted to: District Ranger, Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, P.O. Box 309, Carbondale, CO 81623. Comments will be taken through Jan. 31.Skico stores honored for second yearASPEN The Aspen Skiing Co.s Four-Mountain Sports Stores and D&E Snowboard Shop were honored Wednesday as the Mountain Region SnowSports Retailer of the Year by SnowSports Industries of American (SIA).The Skicos retail stores received the distinction for the second straight year from SIA, a national trade association for the winter sports industry.This distinction was based on nominations from representatives and suppliers within SIA. Shops were recognized for their marketing ideas, retail promotions and snow sports retention ability. The award also recognizes retailers for customer service and their ability to continue to expand customer base.The shops were recognized for continuing brand expansion and the ability to create specialty shops to meet the needs of customers. The Skico has stores at the base of all four ski areas and Four-Mountain Sports has opened several new specialty outlets including a new Alpine Retail & Demo Center, Beginners Magic store and Four-Mountain Kids this season and a womens specific shop, D&E Women, last year.
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