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News in Brief

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Spring Board’s first SpringBoard Games is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Eagles Club, 700 E. Bleeker St.

Games will include pool, foosball, darts, flip cup, beer pong, horseshoes, table tennis and more. This fundraiser is $10 at the door.

Spring Board recommends grants to Roaring Fork Valley nonprofit organizations through the Spring Board Advised Fund of the Aspen Community Foundation. Spring Board’s mission is to engage the valley’s young generation and empower them to invest in their community through charitable giving and volunteerism.

For more information about SpringBoard Games, e-mail info@springboardaspen.org or call (970) 274-8378.

DENVER – District Judge R. Thomas Moorhead has been appointed the new chief judge for the 5th Judicial District, which includes Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties, the Colorado Supreme Court recently announced.

Moorhead replaces retiring Judge W. Terry Ruckriegle, who served as chief judge since 1994. The appointment is effective Sept. 1.

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Moorhead was appointed to the 5th Judicial District Court bench in August 2002 after serving as town attorney for the town of Vail from 1993 to 2001, and as county attorney for Eagle County from 2001 until his appointment to the bench. Before that, he was in private practice. He received his law degree from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 1975.

The chief judge is responsible for appointing the district administrator, chief probation officer and clerks of the court, to assist in the personnel, financial and case management duties of the district, along with seeing that the business of the courts is conducted efficiently and effectively. Other responsibilities include judicial assignments within the district.

CARBONDALE – The Carbondale-based Wilderness Land Trust has added Jean Hocker, a nationally recognized expert in land conservation, to its board of directors, the group’s Reid Haughey announced.

Hocker, a consultant from Alexandria, Va., was president and CEO of the national Land Trust Alliance from 1987 to 2002. Land trusts worked together to create shared ethics, expectations and tools during her tenure.

Hocker’s expertise includes issues related to inholdings, or privately owned pockets of property within protected lands.

“That experience goes right to the heart of what we do here at the Wilderness Land Trust,” Haughey said. “We couldn’t ask for a better qualified board candidate.”

The Wilderness Land Trust’s goals for 2010 include protecting wilderness through completing ongoing projects in Colorado, Arizona, California, Idaho and Nevada. Possible purchases are prioritized by vulnerability to development and their capacity to complete a wilderness area.

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