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Disgraced Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to hitting two parked cars in town late last year. Armstrong paid the fine via mail on Friday. The guilty plea closes the case and also keeps Armstrong from a court appearance in Pitkin County.

On December 28th, Armstrong's girlfriend, Anna Hansen, originally told Aspen police she was driving and that icy conditions caused the accident on the city’s west end. She later confessed to lying to police in an effort to avoid media attention.

Marci Krivonen

Mardi Gras celebrations across the world yesterday had revelers imbibing before the fasting Lent season. In Snowmass Village, hundreds gathered on the mall for annual traditions like a “bead toss” and a parade. The event may not rise to the level of New Orleans frenzy, but there’s no denying it’s a party.

It’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon on a Tuesday and these town government staffers aren’t at their desks. Instead, they’re tossing beads to a crowd below.

The tradition is 33 years old and is put on by the Snowmass Tourism Office.

Elise Thatcher

The Colorado Department of Transportation says the majority of the public comments about replacing the Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs have been positive. A representative of the agency presented that and other details to Garfield County Commissioners Tuesday morning. The Colorado Department of Transportation is putting together the final environmental assessment for the new bridge. That includes getting public comments.

Carbondale Fire Putting Together Steering Committee

Feb 17, 2015
Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

A steering committee is in the works for the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District. Its board of directors is hoping to appoint as many as seven people to the new committee. Members will review a new effort to keep the district from running out of money. It covers more than 300 square miles, including a busy stretch of Highway 82. The district lost more than half of its budget when mill levy funding ended a few years ago, and it's expected to go through its reserves in two years.

Teen Arrested Goes in Front of Judge

Feb 17, 2015

The 16-year-old Aspen High School student who was arrested earlier this month for allegedly resisting arrest and possession of marijuana made his first court appearance today.

The boy appeared in front of Pitkin County District Court Judge Gail Nicholas at 8:30 a.m. He was accompanied by his adult sister and his attorney, Ryan Kalamaya.

The teen waived advisement of the charges that were filed against him last week. They include resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, underage possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Randy Essex / Glenwood Post Independent

   A Carbondale man confessed to killing his wife while he was being airlifted to a hospital in Grand Junction on Monday, according to law enforcement. The Carbondale Police Department issued a press release that says the man was driving a Toyota 4Runner that collided with a semi truck on Highway 133 on Monday morning. While in flight to St. Mary’s in Grand Junction, he “allegedly told the flight crew that he had killed his wife” in an apartment building in Carbondale. Police investigated and discovered a deceased woman with knife wounds.

Your Morning News - February 17th, 2015

Feb 17, 2015

Pitkin County Creates New Air Travel Website

In order to avoid travel troubles at the Aspen airport, Pitkin County has launched a new website. It’s in response to the delays, cancelations and diversions experienced over the holidays.

The Saturday after Christmas, more than 300 planes either landed or took off from the Aspen Airport, according to the Aspen Daily News. The large amount of traffic coupled with snowy weather caused headaches for travelers.

The website aspentraveltips.com is the result of brainstorming by airport officials, airlines and several local organizations, including the Aspen Skiing Co. and the Aspen Institute.

It offers real time information about ground transportation, rental cars and road conditions to Denver. Travelers will also find last-minute lodging availability in Aspen and Snowmass, should they decide to wait out the weather. Airport officials say it’s the first of several initiatives they’re considering to make peak season travel smoother.

Lost in translation: Radio signals for police spotty at times

Feb 16, 2015

When an Aspen teenager was arrested for possession of marijuana earlier this month, several police officers responded to the scene. While the call didn’t warrant that kind of response, it was necessary because of a communication breakdown. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Elise Thatcher

Klaus Obermeyer is in his fourth hall of fame. The iconic Aspenite and ski wear entrepreneur was recently inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame, for his decades long contributions to the ski industry. He is the founder of Sport Obermeyer. It informally started when Obermeyer moved to Aspen in 1947, and as he started finding ways to make skiing more comfortable. He came up with the first quilted down parka and made headway with high altitude sunscreen and a variety of other innovations. But Obermeyer’s tinkering with ski-related gear had begun long before.

Your Evening News - February 16th, 2015

Feb 16, 2015

Pitkin County Creates New Air Travel Website

In order to avoid travel troubles at the Aspen airport, Pitkin County has launched a new website. It’s in response to the delays, cancelations and diversions experienced over the holidays.

The Saturday after Christmas, more than 300 planes either landed or took off from the Aspen Airport, according to the Aspen Daily News. The large amount of traffic coupled with snowy weather caused headaches for travelers.

The website aspentraveltips.com is the result of brainstorming by airport officials, airlines...and several local organizations including the Aspen Skiing Company and the Aspen Institute.

It offers real time information about ground transportation, rental cars and road conditions to Denver. Travelers will also find last-minute lodging availability in Aspen and Snowmass, should they decide to wait out the weather. Airport officials say it’s the first of several initiatives they’re considering to make peak season travel smoother.

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