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ASPEN – A Basalt man has filed a court complaint alleging an Aspen Skiing Co. worker was busy cooking hot dogs instead of manning a chairlift, which led to injuries at Aspen Highlands.Ryan Bradley sued Aspen Skiing Co. Thursday in Pitkin County District Court. His complaint alleges that on Feb. 20, 2010, as he tried to load the Deep Temerity lift, he was struck by a “jake table” on the seat of the lift chair. A jake table is put on chairlifts to transport injured skiers. The two lift operators failed to notify Bradley, who was standing in the “load here” area, that a jake table was on the chair.”Defendant breached its highest duty of care … by forgetting that the jake table would return, failing to take appropriate precautions by turning attention away from the lift loading area in favor of barbecuing hot dogs …” says the suit, filed by Denver law firm Chalat Hatten & Koupal PC. Bradley injured his arm because of the incident, and has undergone surgery to repair injured tendons, claims the suit, which seeks less than $100,000 in damages.
BASALT – The water releases from Ruedi Reservoir were increased by 25 cubic feet per second last week as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation makes preparations for spring runoff.”The reason for the increase this early in the season is due to the current snow pack projections,” said a press release from the agency. “It is possible we could have a run-off season similar to last year’s. We are moving some water from the reservoir now in anticipation of above-average run-off flows in late spring.”Ruedi Reservoir filled to capacity on June 10 last year and forced releases of about 750 cfs of water from the dam. Flooding was averted but the potential created hand-wringing among local and federal officials.The increase this week boosted the total release to about 102 cfs below the dam, the reclamation bureau said.The snowpack in the upper Fryingpan Valley is significantly above average. At Nast Lake the snowpack was 138 percent of average Thursday, the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service webwsite showed. The Kiln site was at 122 percent of average. The Ivanhoe site was at 125 percent of average.
ASPEN – This week’s Aspen Business Luncheon will feature speaker Steve Ayers, Pitkin County’s coroner since 1988. The event starts at 12:45 p.m. at the Hotel Jerome. The cost is $26 and includes a buffet lunch and free parking (cash or check only at the door).Ayers, an emergency physician at Aspen Valley Hospital and the medical director of AVH’s Basalt after-hours clinic, will speak about maximizing safety and minimizing risk. For more information or to RSVP, contact luncheon organizer Todd Shaver at ToddShaver@AspenBusinessLuncheon.com.
DENVER – The Aspen Times won first-place awards for best business story, best feature page design and best real estate ad among a number of other honors Saturday at the Colorado Press Association’s annual conference held in Denver. The honors included:• Best Feature Page Design, first place, Kayden Christensen• Best Real Estate Ad, first place, Louise Walker• Best Sports Story, third place, Jon Maletz• Best Serious Column Writing, third place Todd Hartley• Best Business Story, first place, Rick Carroll, Scott Condon• Best Business Story, second place, Scott Condon• Best Feature Story, second place, Rick Carroll
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The Aspen Institute will for the first time in its history contribute to the affordable housing inventory by offering to buy housing credits for its new Herbert Bayer center.