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News in Brief

Officials at the last local ski area still standing are urging customers to beware of parking difficulties at the base and a shuttle now running back and forth between the ski resort and Keystone’s River Run parking lot for overflow.

Arapahoe Basin is 99 percent open with a robust 60-inch base midway, which means good spring skiing conditions await skiers and boarders who still haven’t gotten enough.

“If you are not able to make it to the ski area prior to 10 a.m. on a Saturday or Sunday until closing day, we suggest taking the shuttle from Keystone,” general manager Jim Gentling said. “It’s convenient and there is no worry of having to squeeze illegally into a spot along the highway where you will be towed.”

Colorado State Patrol Capt. Ron Prater is concerned about the parking situation on Highway 6 adjacent to the ski area.

“Oversized loads and hazardous material vehicles must be routed over Highway 6 past the ski area,” Prater said.

The free shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in May and also on Monday, Memorial Day.

A-Basin also encourages skiers and riders to carpool. Fill a vehicle with four people or more, take them all to the ticket window (even if some of them have passes) and receive a discounted lift ticket for those in the car who need a ticket for only $30.

A-Basin is scheduled to close for the season on June 5.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS (AP) ” Police issued 52 tickets this week for violations of a new ordinance requiring residents to keep bears from plundering garbage.

The ordinance, passed in January, requires residents to use wildlife-proof containers if their trash is outside between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. It took effect Sunday.

Wildlife officials say easily accessible garbage attracts bears to residential areas, especially during droughts or other conditions that make the animals’ natural food scarce. Up to 12,000 bears live in the state.

Violators of the ordinance face a $100 fine, but it can be waived if they buy a wildlife-proof trash container.

Waste Management officials said residents have ordered more than 200 wildlife-proof trash containers this week.

DENVER (AP) ” Throwing the Capitol into an uproar, state Treasurer Mike Coffman said Thursday he will leave office next month for a nine-month tour of duty in Iraq and Secretary of State Donetta Davidson said she is considering a federal elections job.

The abrupt moves handed lame-duck Republican Gov. Bill Owens an opportunity to make two key appointments ” even though Coffman wants his job back next year.

“This was an extremely difficult decision for me,” said Coffman, a Marine who will report for active duty next month. “I had to choose between whether to continue serving Colorado as the state treasurer, or serving the nation.

Coffman, who recently dropped out of the 2006 governor’s race after fellow Republican Rep. Bob Beauprez expressed interest, said his experience as a Marine and a lawmaker are needed to help Iraq build a new government. He also left open the possibility he would launch a campaign for secretary of state when he returns.

“If I can put together an election in Iraq, I think I can put together one in Colorado,” he said.

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