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News in Brief

The special meeting of Aspen Valley Hospital’s board of directors, scheduled for tonight, has been canceled due to what was described as “an unexpected and unavoidable conflict” that will keep a board member from attending.

Because board member Lee Schumacher also will not be able to attend, according to AVH staff, there will not be a quorum to permit the board to take any formal actions.

The hospital will notify the public when a make-up meeting is scheduled.

A man was arrested Wednesday in connection to a shooting death in Eagle-Vail Monday night, according to a statement from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

Jacob Weiss, 19, was arrested and charged with manslaughter for allegedly assisting in the suicide of his 18-year-old roommate, the sheriff’s office said. Weiss was also charged with reckless endangerment and prohibited use of a firearm because he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time he handled a firearm. Weiss is being held in Eagle County Jail on $7,500 bond.

Authorities were called to the apartment Weiss shared in Eagle-Vail at 10 p.m. Monday for a report of a man shot in the head. The victim was transported to the Vail Valley Medical Center and later to Denver Health Hospital where he died.

Deputies investigating the incident discovered that the victim and Weiss were talking about suicide. Weiss allegedly went to his bedroom and brought a loaded shotgun to the victim. The victim then shot himself. Weiss knew the gun was loaded, the sheriff’s office said.

A nonprofit group dedicated to public access to backcountry powder is holding its Summer ’08 Pow Party today at the Eagles Club in Aspen.

PowderToThePeople’s third annual summer party will be from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and double as a raffle ticket. The winner gets a pair of Wagner custom skis that they can help design. “The evening will include a Google Earth flight over Richmond Ridge on the big screen, generous appetizers, beverages, live music and more,” according to the group’s invitation.

The group will also discuss the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District’s decision to strictly enforce a rule requiring snowmobiles to stay off any national forest lands along Richmond Ridge. Snowmobiles will be restricted this winter to public roads.

Proceeds from the event will go to PowerToThePeople’s continuing educational efforts on equal access to public lands, backcountry safety and etiquette.

Got a beef with city government?

This month, hundreds of residents will get the opportunity to tell officials what they are doing well and not so well in their delivery of city services.

For nearly a decade, the city of Aspen has asked its residents every year for feedback on how the government has done in delivering services to the community. This year, National Research Center, Inc., of Boulder will conduct a mail survey on the city’s behalf. A randomly selected sample of Aspen households will receive a postcard in the next few days notifying them that they have been selected to participate in the survey. Soon afterward, they will receive the survey in the mail and be asked to fill it out and return it in the pre-addressed, stamped envelope provided.

City officials ask that residents be sure to fill out the survey and return it so government can continue to improve on meeting the needs and expectations of Aspen residents. For further information, call Barry Crook at 920-5296 or e-mail him at

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