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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO, Colorado

Protect Our Winters (POW), a winter sports nonprofit organization that works on climate change issues, has added Roaring Fork Valley residents Gretchen Bleiler and Penn Newhard to its board of directors.

Bleiler, a pro snowboarder and Aspen native, is an Olympic silver medalist, a four-time Winter X Games champion and co-founder of Nice Reusables/ALEX Bottle. Newhard is an owner of Backbone Media of Carbondale.

Aspen Skiing Co. Vice President of Sustainability Auden Schendler is already on POW’s board of directors. Pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones founded POW to focus on uniting and mobilizing the winter sports community against climate change. It is based in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

“With climate change an ever-increasing threat to the longevity of winter sports, jobs and the economies of mountain regions, POW is taking an aggressive approach by strengthening its organizational leadership in key areas, to help it address one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time,” the group said in a press release.

BASALT – A special program through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife agency will offer 25 youths and 15 adults an opportunity to participate in a free upland bird hunt Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Lake Christine Unit of the Basalt State Wildlife Area.

The Hunter Outreach Program requires reservations to secure a spot. Reservations require a $20 deposit and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis via telephone calls to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Glenwood Springs at 970-947-2920.

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Participants must meet hunter education card requirements. Youths must be between 11 and 17 years old, and a parent or legal guardian must accompany them during the hunt. Small game licenses will be required before the hunt.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the co-sponsor National Rifle Association will provide all necessary equipment. Participants can bring their own shotguns, but only 12- and 20-gauge ammunition will be supplied. All private firearms must pass an inspection by a wildlife officer.

CARBONDALE – Carbondale town staff recommends a long-term lease allowing the Mount Sopris Historical Society to manage and maintain the historic Thompson House as a public museum as the best way to preserve the structure.

The annexation and development plan by developer Frieda Wallison calls for 45 houses on the 10-acre site along State Highway 133 that is currently in unincorporated Garfield County. It would include dedication of the 123-year-old Holland-Thompson family farmhouse and about one acre of land as a public museum and park.

The house, first built by homesteader Myron Thompson in the late 1800s and added onto over the years, was one of the first structures in the Carbondale area.

Town trustees, on a 5-2 vote Tuesday, moved to have town staff prepare final documents for approval of the annexation and residential zoning plan. (From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

An article in the Aug. 30 edition of The Aspen Times, titled “Judge sentences Aspen man in Audi crash,” contained an error. James Dale Stockton II is not dropping his lawsuit against John Francis, as the suit continues to proceed through Pitkin County District Court.