ASPEN TEEN CONFESSES TO ONLINE THREAT
Aspen—He apologized for posting the online threat that closed schools from Glenwood Springs to Basalt earlier this month. Nevertheless, the Aspen High School student who confessed to the internet stunt will be charged with a misdemeanor. Aspen Assistant Police Chief Bill Linn says he doesn’t believe the young man was serious about the threat that was made February 8th on the “4chan.com” website. Autorities say the message hinted at possible violence. The Aspen Police Department notified school officials right away. The next day, schools were put on lockout. The Carbondale Police Department was notified of the threat by the FBI who believed it came from the area. Eventually classes were canceled at every high school in the Roaring Fork Re-1 district while other campuses were put on lockout status.
VAIL MOUNTAIN HIT AND RUN
Vail—An unsolved hit and run between a snowboarder and a skier at Vail Mountain left the skier with serious injuries. According to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, the collision occurred around noon in one of Vail’s back bowls two days ago. The mystery snowboarder sped away, leaving the skier lying in the snow with a concussion and broken bones. The sheriff’s office and Eagle County Crime Stoppers are asking for the community’s help to identify the snowboarder. A cash reward is being offered for information that helps solve the case. The anonymous tip line is 800-972-TIPS.
BLEAK FUTURE FOR THE COLORADO RIVER?
Fort Collins—Global warming is shrinking the Colorado River. That’s the claim of scientists from Colorado State University and the University of Arizona. They say by the end of the century, the flow of the Colorado could drop by more than a third. Since the drought began in 2000, researchers say the Colorado’s volume fell by nearly 20 percent. Scientists say a shortage of rain and melting snow can only account for about two-thirds of that loss while the rest is being blamed on global warming.