News, March 11th

 

SEARCH FOR ASPEN MAN CONTINUES AT HIGHLANDS

 

Aspen—The search for a missing local skier resumed this morning at Aspen Highlands. Jeff Walker was reported overdue by concerned friends this past Saturday.  The well known wine connoisseur had his ski pass scanned last Thursday around noon.  On Saturday several friends began to worry when they found some personal items left in his ski locker including his cell phone.  Walker’s friends say rarely a day goes by in the winter that he doesn’t ski Highlands.  Mountain Rescue Aspen and the Highlands Ski Patrol organized the community search effort yesterday but found no trace of him. 

 

GLENWOOD CHAMBER SUPPORTS BALLOT QUESTION A

 

Glenwood Springs—A local ballot question that would allow the city of Glenwood Springs to release a lot at 7th Street and Colorado Avenue has the support of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.  The chamber’s board of directors officially gave it’s endorsement of Ballot Question A.  Chamber President and CEO Marianne Virgilli calls it a “housecleaning” move that will open up additional parking lot on the west side of downtown for residents and visitors.  The mail in ballot election is being held April 2nd.

 

SNOWMASS CLUB SOLD

 

Snowmass—A Pennsylvania luxury home builder is the proud new owner of the Snowmass Club.  For nine million dollars the Toll Brothers Company gets the club, two restaurants and the 18-hole, semi-private golf course.  The company’s golf and country club division will run the facility and the course.

 

COLORADO CIVIL UNIONS BILL ADVANCES

 

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado House advanced a bill granting civil unions for gay couples after a debate that started with Democratic House Speaker Mark Ferrandino telling colleagues that the measure is about family, love, and equality under the law.
Ferrandino is the first gay House speaker in Colorado history. The proposal got initial approval with a voice vote in the Democratic-controlled House on Monday. Another vote this week will send the bill to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who will sign.
The measure was one of the most contentious of last year’s session. Democrats had enough votes to pass the bill, but Republicans controlled the House and prevented debate to defeat it. Republicans have tried to amend the bill to include religious exemptions for those opposed to civil unions. Democrats say that opens the door to discrimination.

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