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ASPEN – Challenge Aspen will host the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team as well as squads from 13 countries at the International Paralympic Committee 2010 Alpine World Cup Finals.

The event started Sunday and runs through Saturday, March 5, at Buttermilk. Some 130 athletes are expected to attend.

Athletes in the sitting, standing and visually impaired divisions will compete in two downhills and one super-G Tuesday through Friday, with training beforehand.

In addition to daily awards ceremonies, The Nations Cup will be given to the country with the most World Cup points for the 2009-10 season. Also, World Cup overall titles for downhill, super-G and super combined will be awarded.

“We’re very excited to bring the adaptive World Cup back to the Roaring Fork Valley and to host the world’s best athletes with disabilities,” Kevin Jardine, director of competition for Challenge Aspen, said in a news release. “It’s a huge honor to be asked to host such a prestigious event, which caps off the World Cup season. The Aspen community is fortunate to be able to see these athletes in the final races before they compete in the Paralympic Winter Games [on March 13-21 in Vancouver, British Columbia].”

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Roaring Fork Valley residents can expect to receive their 2010 U.S. Census questionnaires in the coming month. The Census Bureau asks everyone to complete their forms and return them in the mail.

A census press release says each person’s participation is:

• Safe. The Census Bureau protects your information and by law cannot share your answers with anyone, including other government agencies and law enforcement.

• Easy. With only 10 questions, questionnaires should take only 10 minutes.

• Important. Census data are used to determine your representation in government, to allocate hundreds of billions of dollars in government funding, to help plan for businesses, schools, hospitals, roads, other infrastructure and more.

ASPEN – The Aspen Skating Club celebrates the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss on Saturday, March 6, with a figure-skating performance of “Seussical on Ice.”

Two performances will occur at Lewis Ice Arena, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The cast of 30-plus Aspen Skating Club skaters will perform highlights from popular Seuss stories, including “The Cat in the Hat,” “One Fish Two Fish,” and many more.

A silent auction will be held during the performances to fund two competitive-skating scholarship programs.

Tickets for both performances are on sale at the Wheeler Opera House. Ticket prices range from $10 to $25, depending on age and seating location. Children ages 4 and under are free. Tickets will also be available at the Aspen Recreation Center an hour prior to performance.

For more information contact Barbara Owen at 970-925-3344 or

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