News in Brief

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – Due to legal administrative issues required to be completed before the foreclosure, Hypo Bank plans request an extension of the Nov. 17 foreclosure date, according to Jim DeFrancia of Lowe Enterprises, the property’s receiver, the Snowmass Sun reports.

“This extension request is not indicative of any push-back or re-positioning by Related WestPac and is related solely to the need for extra time to complete the legal processes required to complete the foreclosure sale,” DeFrancia said.

The extended date for the property sale, which has a debt of $386 million, is expected to be Dec. 15, according to Related WestPac spokesman Steve Alldredge.

ASPEN – Rock band Blind Melon will play the base of Aspen Mountain to kick off the ski season’s Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert series. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, the Aspen Skiing Co. announced Tuesday.

Blind Melon is best known for its 1993 hit, “No Rain.” Its latest single, “For My Friends,” was released in 2008.

The Aspen Winternational Women’s World Cup Awards will be held following the concert and fireworks over Aspen Mountain will conclude the evening’s festivities at 8 p.m.

The Bud Light beer garden will be open and additional specials will be offered at the base of the Silver Queen Gondola during the festivities.

Upcoming Bud Light Hi-Fi Series dates for the 2010-2011 season are as follows: Jan. 29, Feb. 20, March 20 and March 25.

For more information visit or call 925-1220.

ASPEN – Local nonprofit “Aspen T.R.E.E” (Together Regenerating the Environment through Education) will host the third Annual Early Bird Community Meal at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, in the Aspen High School Commons.

The Early Bird Meal is a Thanksgiving-style community feast offering locally grown and organic ingredients. The meal is free of charge.

A silent auction featuring local crafts, services, and products will be held to finance the event.

Aspen T.R.E.E runs several adult and youth ecological education series (including a full-time summer day camp), and helps locals build edible gardens and compost systems, as well as chicken coops and fruit orchards.

For more information about the meal or Aspen T.R.E.E, contact Eden Vardy at 379-2323 or visit

THOMASVILLE – A hunter who became separated from his party was found Monday morning in the Thomasville area near Seller Meadow. The hunter, 34-year-old Joseph Nelson, was found by another group of hunters at approximately 9:15 a.m., the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said.

Nelson became separated from the rest of his party at approximately 9 a.m. the day before. Nelson’s brother-in-law reported him overdue at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday.

Members of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Mountain Rescue Aspen, Basalt Ambulance, and West Eagle Search and Rescue responded to the area Monday morning. In addition, a Flight for Life helicopter was put on standby in the event that Nelson required speedy transportation. Two Basalt volunteer firefighters who were in the area also responded to aid in the search effort.

Nelson was transported out of the field by West Eagle Search and Rescue members. He suffered only minor hypothermia and was cleared by the Basalt Ambulance.