VAIL, Colo. (AP) – Authorities say a 13-year-old skier has been
killed in an avalanche on Vail Mountain. The Eagle County coroner identified the skier as Taft Conlin of Eagle. The paper says the avalanche occurred yesterday afternoon on an expert run that is on a closed area. A backcountry avalanche warning was in effect for the Summit-Vail area yesterday.

DENVER (AP) – New teacher tenure rules proposed for Colorado are
getting their first review by state lawmakers who asked for them. A
House-Senate panel meets this afternoon to look at the proposed
four-tier review standards for teachers. The state board of
education approved the new evaluation standards to decide when
teachers get employment protections sometimes called tenure.

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife is due in an Aspen
courtroom today to face drug and assault charges. Brooke Mueller
was arrested on Dec. 3 after a woman reported being assaulted at a
nightclub. Mueller faces a felony charge of possession of cocaine
with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor assault charge. Mueller
has said she will fight the charges.

DENVER (AP) – Will recent snowstorms mean better business for
Colorado ski resorts? Colorado Ski Country USA says skier visits at
its 22 member resorts through Dec. 31 are down almost 11 percent
from the same period last year. That doesn’t include visits to ski
areas owned by Vail Resorts Inc., which has said early-season
visits to its four Colorado resorts and two in the Lake Tahoe area
are down more than 15 percent overall from last year.
DENVER (AP) – Colorado Democrats have chosen a Longmont social
caseworker to be the newest member of the Colorado House of
Representatives. A Boulder County Democratic Party vacancy
committee chose 32-year-old Jonathan Singer on Saturday to complete
the term of Deb Gardner. She resigned her seat Jan. 9 to become a
Boulder County commissioner.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Boulder residents appear to have a drive
to buy hybrid vehicles. Statistics from the Boulder County Clerk
and Recorder’s Office show 4.8 percent of all vehicles registered
in Boulder are hybrids. National statistics are harder to find, but
there have been about 2.15 million hybrid electric vehicles sold in
the U.S. since 1999. That represents less than 1 percent of all
registered vehicles in the country.