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Your Evening News - December 31st, 2014

Dec 31, 2014

New Year’s Fireworks

It is New Year’s Eve. That means fireworks in Aspen. There will be two shows – 8pm and Midnight. The City of Aspen is reminding pet owners that if your dog is afraid of loud noise that you keep them indoors during the fireworks. The displays will light up the sky above Aspen Mountain for about 15 minutes both times this evening.

Today on CrossCurrents, David Swersky and Jeff Edelson from Mountain Rescue-Aspen on the history of the organization and the new building opening this weekend.

About Mountain Rescue-Aspen:

Mountain Rescue-Aspen was incorporated in 1965 as a non-profit organization and is one of the oldest search and rescue teams in the state. We are accredited through the Rocky Mountain Region of the Mountain Rescue Association and work as a volunteer arm of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office; providing search and rescue services for Pitkin County and mutual aid for other counties in Colorado.

Our dedicated 50-member team annually donates thousands upon thousands of person-hours serving Pitkin County’s community and visitors. These hours represent time away from families to attend meetings and trainings; educate the public with our annual community avalanche seminar; teach children what to do if they are lost through the national “Hug-A-Tree” program, and of course, engage in search and rescue missions.

Unlike other emergency response agencies such as Police or Ambulance, or even Volunteer Fire, there is no tax base or public budget for Mountain Rescue. We are 100% unpaid volunteers who raise the funding we need each year through the solicitation of public donations and applications for local and state grants.

Your Morning News - December 31st, 2014

Dec 31, 2014

Patrols Set to Nab Overindulgent Partiers

The Colorado Department of Transportation says the annual statewide New Year’s enforcement is underway. CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol and almost 100 local law enforcement agencies are working together to keep those who had too many off the roads. Checkpoints and patrols will continue now through Monday January fifth in an effort to nab drunk drivers. CDOT advises New Year’s partiers to have a designated driver, take public transportation or a cab to keep off the roads following a night of drinking. Last year, just over 500 people were arrested for impaired driving during the New Year’s action.

Elise Thatcher

On any given day, there’s a stream of people hiking up the Aspen Skiing Company’s ski resorts, usually before making turns down. The physically demanding activity is part of a growing trend of uphilling, or hiking up ski areas instead of riding chairlifts. And it could expand further, as one of Aspen's elected leaders envisions an industry uphilling. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher hiked up the Tiehack section of Buttermilk, and files this story.

Your Evening News - December 30th, 2014

Dec 30, 2014

Ski Co to Open Idaho Resort

The Aspen Skiing Company is expanding its operations to Idaho. The ski operator closed on a property in Ketchum and plans to build a new hotel, modeled after an existing one in Aspen.

The Ski Co will develop a new Limelight Hotel close to Sun Valley’s River Run base of the ski area Bald Mountain. The Limelight in Aspen features large guest rooms, an expansive lounge, a lobby restaurant, and adventure programming for guests.

In a statement, the Ski Co’s Vice President for Hospitality Don Schuster says the company feels the timing is right to grow the “Limelight brand” and that downtown Ketchum is an ideal location.

The hotel in Idaho will include more than 100 hotel rooms and eleven free market residential units. The Skiing Company purchased the Limelight hotel in Aspen in 2010 from the Paas/Woolery families.

Marci Krivonen

The Aspen Airport is in the middle of one of its busiest and snowiest stretches. A fleet of huge snow blowers and plow trucks clear snow from the runway long before the sun comes up. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen discovered, it’s a job that requires attention to detail and patience.

The temperatures are in the single digits as light snow falls onto the runway at the Aspen Pitkin County Airport. A fleet of large trucks zip back and forth, clearing snow and leaving a cloud of it behind.

Your Morning News - December 30th, 2014

Dec 30, 2014

BLM Seems Basalt Mountain Input

The Bureau of Land Management is taking public comment on a plan to reduce fuels for wildfire from the base of Basalt Mountain.

The BLM would target more than 1,000 acres north of El Jebel, near Spring Park Reservoir. Most of it would be treated with prescribed fire. The idea is to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires from entering private property from public lands.

The BLM will hold an open house on the proposal on January 12th at the Eagle County Community Center. Comments will be collected until mid-February.

Your Evening News - December 29th, 2014

Dec 29, 2014

“12 Days of Aspen” in High Gear

The Aspen Chamber Resort Association is hosting its annual “12 days of Aspen” series this holiday season.

The 12 days series has everything from children’s story hour to menorah lighting to Christmas buffet to New Year’s Eve celebrations. One recent event was at the end of Aspen’s pedestrian mall, with a classic American dessert. Jennifer Albright Carney is Vice President of Event Marketing with the chamber.

“We are doing make your own s'mores. So it’s free, open to the public, little holiday spirit.”

Carney explains the idea behind the series is to have some continuity to the holiday season for visitors. Twelve days of Aspen continues through the end of Wednesday.

Your Morning News - December 29th, 2014

Dec 29, 2014

New Castle to Honor Captain Killed in ISIS Fight

The Town of New Castle is planning a public memorial for an Air Force Captain killed in action. William DuBois died in Jordan on December 1st on a mission to attack ISIS targets.

Now, town officials want to memorialize the New Castle native with a monument. Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Leland is leading a committee charged with looking over designs, finding a location and securing financing.

Your Evening News - December 26th, 2014

Dec 26, 2014

Schwartz Takes a Bow as State Senator

State Senator Gail Schwartz is serving out her final days as a lawmaker. The former Snowmass Village resident is term-limited after eight years. Democrat Kerry Donovan of Vail will take Schwartz’s spot at the capitol when the legislature convenes on January 7th.

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