News, December 28th


Glenwood Springs–Colorado Mountain College President Dr. Stan Jensen has resigned. Dr. Jensen tendered his resignation during a telephone conference yesterday. Jensen spent four years at the helm and spearheaded several notable accomplishments for CMC including the implementation of a Bachelor’s Degree program in business and energy and the opening of the new, 24 million dollar academic center at the Steamboat Springs campus. Dr. Jill Boyle will serve as the interim president until another interim is appointed.


GREENWOOD VILLAGE (AP) – Greenwood Village police say they found a man dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound when they arrived at his apartment to question him about the shooting death of a 25-year-old woman. Police say 51-year-old Robert Lewis had recently been fired for harassing 25-year-old Emily Weikert at work. Weikert was found shot to death in an apartment building garage yesterday.

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – Wildfires consumed more land in Colorado in 2012 than in the year before, and some fires are not yet out. The National Interagency Fire Center says dense pockets within Rocky Mountain National Park continue to smolder just days before the new year. More than 9.2 million acres have been charred by wildfire so far this year across the West.

DENVER (AP) – Climbing legend Bill Forrest, who also made notable innovations in mountaineering equipment, has died while snowshoeing near Colorado’s Monarch Pass. The Denver Post reports the 73-year-old Salida resident was with his wife, Rosa, when he collapsed Dec. 21. Other hikers performed CPR, but Forrest died at the scene. A memorial service is scheduled in Salida on Jan. 13.

TELLURIDE – Telluride is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its opera house by going back to its roots. A year-long celebration of the Sheridan Opera House starts Sunday with a vaudeville variety show, a type of entertainment that was popular in its early years. The Telluride Daily Planet reports that the show will include magic tricks, can-can dancing and a melodrama entitled “Miners, Madams and Mayhem!”