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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.

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.

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.

Your Morning News - December 26th, 2014

Dec 26, 2014

Heavy Traffic on I-70 Expected Today

For residents and visitors using Interstate 70 today, officials are asking travelers to prepare for even more traffic than usual. The Colorado Department of Transportation says the day after Christmas last year was especially busy, along with the Saturday after as well. Traffic counts in the Eisenhower tunnel between Glenwood Springs and Denver peaked at more than 26,000 vehicles heading westbound. The resort booking company Stay Aspen Snowmass says today begins the busiest stretch of the winter holiday in the Upper Valley.

Your Morning News - December 25th, 2014

Dec 25, 2014

Aspen Aims to Save Water

The City of Aspen is looking into how it can save water in the future. The Water Department this week released the latest draft of a water efficiency plan.

The plan is being updated as part of the City’s involvement in a Valley-wide collaboration with water providers in Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. The collaborative effort is called the Roaring Fork Watershed Regional Plan.

In the City’s individual plan it looks at future water demands for treated water, should the town’s population grow. It also examines the impact of climate change on water resources. The report suggests focusing on outdoor water efficiency in the future.

The City has been working to reduce the amount of treated water it uses through setting water efficiency goals. The latest plan builds on the work already done. The City is taking public comment on the draft plan until February 27th.

Your Evening News - December 24th, 2014

Dec 24, 2014

Crystal Palace Revue says “Farewell” Tomorrow

A decades old tradition in Aspen is coming to an end. Tomorrow will see the last performances of the Crystal Palace Revue. The vast majority of those performing worked at the Crystal Palace dinner theater in downtown Aspen from the 1960s through the late 2000s. After the iconic business sold, performances have continued during the holiday season. Nina Gabianelli oversees the Crystal Palace Players and explains busy schedules and other commitments make it time to move on.

“We don’t want to just slap something together, and have people not have a positive memory of the crystal palace. We want to make sure that what you remember is what we did best.”

Like in years past, tomorrow evening’s programs will feature satire including politics and the environment and will be held at the Wheeler Opera House.

Your Morning News - December 24th, 2014

Dec 24, 2014

Smooth Travel in the Valley

Flights out of Aspen’s airport are going much more smoothly, according to the resort’s main booking company. Scores of flights were canceled Monday and Sunday, leaving many passengers stuck in Denver, Grand Junction, and elsewhere. Bill Tomcich is President of Stay Aspen Snowmass. He says many of those travelers are now in Aspen faster than they would have in recent years.

“What used to be a two or three day catch up to clear all of the standbys who were distressed because of their canceled flights, has now taken less than a day.”

That’s because airlines are fine tuning daily schedules much more precisely than before. Tomcich and others have fingers crossed for not too much snow on Friday and Saturday to allow for many more visitors to arrive.

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