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Mountain Town Roundup

Compiled by Ryan Wondercheck
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BEAVER CREEK – Beaver Creek will be replacing the Rose Bowl Lift, Chair 4, with a new high-speed, four-person chairlift this summer.

The U.S. Forest Service completed an environmental review of the project and has approved replacement of the lift. Resort officials plan to begin installation in June, weather permitting, and complete the project by mid-November.

The new lift will transport 2,400 people per hour and the new ride time will be nearly cut in half to five-and-a-half minutes.

The lift upgrade also will spread skiers and snowboarders across the main mountain more, and reducing crowds on the Cinch Express Lift (Chair 8) and Centennial Express Lift (Chair 6), according to Beaver Creek officials. The resort also plans to increase its grooming in Rose Bowl, including on some of its black diamond runs.

“We’re excited to replace the Rose Bowl Lift this summer with a new high-speed quad that will not only allow our guests to better utilize the terrain in Rose Bowl and Stone Creek Chutes through a friendlier and shorter chairlift ride, but it also helps shift some of the density we currently see on Centennial Express Lift, which is very important in offering our guests a greater experience,” said Doug Lovell, chief operating officer for Beaver Creek Resort.

– Vail Daily staff report

SNOWMASS – A 73-year-old Pennsylvania man died Friday after colliding with a fellow skier on the Log Deck run at Snowmass Ski Area, authorities said.

The cause of death for James E. Juckett, of Bath, Pa., is still under investigation, Pitkin County Deputy Coroner Jennifer Diamond said. Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said the accident occurred at 11:02 a.m. under the Alpine Spring chairlift. Witnesses called ski patrol, which responded immediately. When they arrived, members of the group he was skiing with were performing CPR.

Ski patrolmen took over the CPR effort and began additional life-saving measures, Hanle said. Juckett was loaded into a rescue sled and treatment continued as he was taken by ambulance to Aspen Valley Hospital.

Hanle said Juckett and the man he collided with knew each other and had been skiing in the same group. The other man was not injured and skied away under his own power, he said. Neither skier was wearing a helmet.

– Andre Salvail/The Aspen Times

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – A Steamboat Springs woman who made headlines in 2010 for stealing money from the Loggers Lane Owners Association was arrested March 9 on suspicion of stealing $25,000 in cash from a former boyfriend.

Police arrested Katina “Kati” Marie More, 38, at her home on Cypress Court on suspicion of felony theft.

Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Jerry Stabile said he was contacted March 4 by a man in his mid-20s. The man, who Stabile said did not want to be identified, said he and More had been in a relationship and had gotten into a verbal argument earlier in the week.

The victim said on March 4 that he went to a lockbox in his house containing his personal savings and the cash was gone. Stabile said the man immediately suspected that More had taken the money.

“She was going to move out of the place, and she took a little more than just her clothes,” Stabile said.

Stabile said the man had received text messages from More that Stabile considered an admission of guilt.

More also had a key to the mountain-area residence, and there were no signs of forced entry, Stabile said. He said More used a hidden key to access the safe, and none of the missing cash had been recovered.

More was advised March 9 by 14th Judicial District Judge Shelley Hill and was released soon after on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond. She is due back in court at

2 p.m. Wednesday.

More is on probation for stealing and then returning more than $60,000 when she was treasurer of the Loggers Lane Owners Association. More owns Artistic Edge in the Loggers Lane development along Highway 40 on the west side of Steamboat.

If More is charged and convicted in this theft case, it will likely jeopardize the deferred judgment she received as part of the plea deal in the Loggers Lane Owners Association incident.

– Matt Stensland/Steamboat Pilot

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS- As part of a plea deal, a 25-year-old former Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. employee pleaded guilty March 10 to two charges related to a bomb threat he sent the ski area in January.

Patrick Steven Jackson, who now lives in Tehachapi, Calif., appeared March 10 before District Court Judge Shelley Hill. He was represented by Steamboat Springs lawyer Larry Combs.

Jackson pleaded guilty to false reporting of explosives and false reporting to authorities and will avoid further jail time. He received a deferred judgment and sentence, meaning the charges can be dismissed after two years if Jackson follows all the stipulations of the deal. As part of the deal, Jackson agreed to not commit any criminal offenses, to undergo supervised probation, to undergo substance abuse evaluations, to complete 96 hours of community service, to make a $200 charitable contribution to Routt County Search and Rescue, and to write a letter of apology to Ski Corp.

Jackson also agreed to a permanent restraining order prohibiting him from being on Ski Corp. property.

Jackson will pay about $5,700 in restitution. That will help cover the ski area’s attorney’s fees related to the case, as well as added security and inspections the ski area put in place once the threat was received.

Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins has said that Jackson sent an

e-mail on about Jan. 15 to Ski Corp. in which it was implied that there were explosives on a ski lift.

– Matt Stensland/Steamboat Pilot

CARBONDALE – The Carbondale Board of Trustees has approved the first of a series of planned ordinances aimed at regulating medical marijuana businesses locally.

The board, at its March 8 meeting, established a process to issue business licenses and impose related fees on medical marijuana centers in Carbondale.

A separate fee will also set up a fund to educate youth about medical marijuana and its purpose, and that the drug remains illegal to buy, possess or sell when it involves anyone who is not authorized by the state of Colorado to use it for a qualifying medical condition.

Carbondale, now home to about a dozen dispensaries, has imposed a moratorium on any new medical marijuana facilities through the end of this year.

It extends an existing state moratorium by an extra six months, so the town can work to establish local controls related to dispensaries, commercial growing operations, infused products manufacturing, and smaller-scale patient or caregiver growers.

Under the new licensing ordinance approved on a 4-2 vote March 8, applications for medical marijuana centers, or any transfer of licenses, will be subject to a $1,000 fee, plus a $500 annual renewal.

In addition to the business license fee, medical marijuana facilities must also pay an annual $1,000 fee.

“Youth are particularly vulnerable to the mixed messages and are known to make bad judgments when considering the use and possession of marijuana, alcohol and other drugs,” the ordinance notes.

– John Stroud/Glenwood Springs Post Independent

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The unemployment rate in Routt County increased from 7.9 percent in December to 8.6 percent in January. The figures, released March 10 by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, show an increase from 1,183 people unemployed in December to 1,321 unemployed in January.

The numbers haven’t yet been adjusted for typical seasonal changes.

Brian Bradbury, employment specialist at the Colorado Workforce Center’s branch in Steamboat, said it’s not uncommon to see an increase in unemployment in January.

January’s unemployment figure also is an increase from the 8.2 percent rate in January 2010. In December, 13,867 people were employed out of a work force of 15,050.

In January 2011, 13,954 people were employed out of a labor force of 15,275.

In January 2010, 14,123 people had jobs in Routt County.

More striking, Bradbury said, is that Moffat County’s unemployment rate increased nearly 2 percent, from 9.2 percent in December to 11 percent in January. Bradbury said he contacted the Workforce Center in Moffat and was told that the increase was a result of individuals losing their jobs rather than large layoffs at any one employer.

Statewide, Colorado’s unemployment rate also increased, from 8.9 percent in December to 9.1 percent in January. The state’s rate has been adjusted for typical seasonal changes. That rate is a record for Colorado, according to The Denver Post. Before December, the highest statewide rate was 8.8 percent in January 1983.

– Blythe Terrell/Steamboat Pilot

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