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Snowboard company sues KaelinASPEN An Aspen ski shop is being sued by snowboard manufacturer Burton Corp., which alleges it is owed more than $1.4 million. Filed last week in Pitkin County District Court, Burtons lawsuit claims that two entities Kaelin Enterprises Inc. and Newport Ski & Golf Inc. havent made good on separate lines of credit. Shop owner Stefan Kaelin also is named in the lawsuit, which claims he provided guarantees to pay the balance on each account $548,801 for Kaelin Enterprises and $869,254 for Newport Ski & Golf, a shop in Newport Beach, Calif. Burton, which is based in Vermont, is being represented by Denver attorneys Jacques Ruda and Robert Stapel.Fat Friday feast for Katrina reliefCARBONDALE A group of Carbondale students is hoping lovers of Cajun food will show up at the school Feb. 8 to eat their fill and contribute to the Colorado Rocky Mountain Schools ongoing effort to help the Gulf Coast recover from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.The dinner, set to begin at 5:30 p.m., is a benefit to raise money to send members of the senior class to Pearlington, Miss., a coastal town adopted by the Roaring Fork Valley in late 2005.Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12, and are available at Sounds Easy in Carbondale, Glenwood Music or at the school, located at 1493 County Road 106, one mile west of the Highway 133 traffic light.All proceeds from the event, which includes a silent auction of student-made crafts, will go toward travel expenses for the senior class March Interim trip to Pearlington. Interim is a week-long program in which students pursue service and educational projects in small groups. This is the third year CRMS seniors have chosen to return to Pearlington, where substantial work remains to be done to restore the town to its pre-Katrina condition. The Fat Friday menu includes peel-and-eat shrimp, gumbo, hush puppies, cornbread, steamed red potatoes and New Orleans praline pie, prepared under the supervision of kitchen director Fiona ODonnell-Pax, formerly of Russets restaurant in Carbondale.The dinner precedes another major CRMS fundraiser MountainFilm on Tour which takes place at 7:30 p.m. that same evening, Feb. 8, and again on Feb. 9 at the CRMS Barn. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children younger than 12.The schedule of events allows dinner patrons to attend both Friday night events if they wish.For more information, contact Jeremy Simon at CRMS at (970) 963-2562.

Race to close part of Owl Creek RoadSNOWMASS VILLAGE Increased cross-country skier traffic during the upcoming Owl Creek Chase on Saturday, Feb. 9, will force the closure of a small section of Owl Creek Road, between Burnt Mountain Circle and Two Creeks Drive in Snowmass Village.The stretch will be closed to traffic from 8:30-10 a.m. Those needing access to the Two Creeks base area at Snowmass from Snowmass Village should take Brush Creek Road through the roundabout to Highline Road. To access the Snowmass Village mall from Owl Creek Road, take Highline Road through the roundabout to Brush Creek Road.Police barricades will be in place at the road closure locations. The annual Owl Creek Chase is a 25-kilometer cross-country ski race from the Snowmass Cross Country Center to the Aspen Cross Country Center. The event attracts both elite racers and casual competitors. For more information, go to

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