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Aspen Times staff reportAspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – October in Aspen was pretty much average, according to the city’s water department, which tracks temperature and precipitation data. The department released its October report Wednesday.The average high temperature for the month was 56 degrees, while the average low was 29.7 degrees. The warmest days of the month were Oct. 1 and 2, when it hit 73 degrees. The coldest reading was 17 degrees on Oct. 7.Precipitation for the month totaled 1.96 inches, according to the water department. That’s slightly above the average for the month of 1.81 inches. Snowfall in October hit 8.96 inches, slightly below the average of 9.01 inches.

OLD SNOWMASS – State wildlife officials in the Roaring Fork Valley want help locating the person or people responsible for shooting a deer on Light Hill earlier this week, sawing off the antlers and leaving the carcass.The deer likely was shot between Sunday and Tuesday, according to Kevin Wright, district wildlife manager with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Light Hill is above the gateway to Snowmass subdivision in Old Snowmass. “I really need the public’s help,” Wright said. “If anybody knows anything about it, I’d like to hear from them.”Informants can call the parks and wildlife office at (970) 947-2920 or Operation Game Thief at (877) 265-6648. The caller can remain anonymous.The act essentially is an act of poaching and it could constitute a felony crime, such as “willful destruction of wildlife.” Charges could be greater depending on whether the person who shot the deer had a hunting license.Wright said the responsible party obviously wasn’t a sportsman.”Whoever did this has no respect for wildlife whatsoever and no respect for the regulations,” he said.

ASPEN – The 2012 Winterskl Committee and Aspen Chamber Resort Association have selected a new slogan for the Jan. 12-15 event following controversy over the first one they picked a few weeks ago.In late October, Mark Thomas of Glenwood Springs was the original winner of the contest to choose a slogan with his submission of, “Winterskl 2012: To Die For.” However, according to an ACRA news release Tuesday, there was sensitivity from the community over the “To Die For” selection.More than 150 people entered slogans for the second round of the contest, and the winner was John Hailey, manager of City Market in Aspen. His winning entry was “Winterskl 2012: Seize the Summit.” Thomas will get to keep his prize, a pass to the 2012 Food & Wine Classic. Hailey will receive the same prize, and his slogan will appear on buttons and other promotional and advertising materials for the celebration. Thomas joked about the outcry over “To Die For” in a recent letter to The Aspen Times. “Must be offseason, when a lighthearted Winterskl slogan contest transforms into a local ‘controversy,’ ” he wrote. “Note to City Council: Please reconsider mandatory offseason medical marijuana permits for locals with too much time on their hands.”For more information or to get involved in this year’s event, contact Julie Hardman, ACRA special events manager at (970) 920-7146 or