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Congressman-elect Scott Tipton, who will be representing the Garfield County region, announced Thursday that he has been asked to serve on the important Natural Resources, Agricultural and Small Business committees. No sub-committee assignments have yet been made.

“Natural resources, agriculture and of course small business are the life-blood of our district,” said Tipton.

The 112th Congress will be sworn in Jan. 5. The new schedule includes significant committee time each morning the House is in session and one full week in the district each month.



A wintertime logging program on the Grand Mesa, intended to curb the spread of pine beetles, will result in the closing of some area to snowmobilers, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The work is to take place near the Kennicott Slough Reservoir, and forest officials say the lower part of the Old Grand Mesa Road will be closed from Highway 65 to the intersection of Haypark Road.



The closure is due to snowplowing and use of the road by logging trucks.

Snowmobiling will be allowed on the section of the upper part of the Old Grand Mesa Road, from the Trickle Park Road (FS 121) to the Kennicott Slough Road (FS 122). An alternate groomed route will be provided from Kennicott Slough to Haypark Road (FS 129).

The logging is related to the Skinne Horse timber sale, forest officials reported, and is needed to provide treatment of the spruce beetle outbreak on the Grand Mesa National Forest.

Questions should be directed to the forest service office in Grand Junction, (970) 241-8211.

WOLCOTT (AP) – Authorities say two people have been found dead in the wreckage of a small plane in the Colorado mountains.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Department says the victims were found and their bodies recovered Thursday. Authorities say they won’t release their names until the coroner confirms their identities.

The plane’s registered owner lives in Brownwood, Texas, but it’s unknown whether the owner was aboard when it crashed.

Authorities say plane was a twin-engine Beech 60 Duke that disappeared from radar on Wednesday while preparing to land at the Eagle County airport.

A National Guard helicopter crew located the wreckage north of Edwards and 80 miles west of Denver.

The plane crashed in steep terrain at an elevation of about 10,800 feet.

The Thunderbowl chairlift and the terrain it serves at Aspen Highlands will open for the season Saturday, the Aspen Skiing Co. announced Thursday.

The additional terrain includes the trails Golden Horn, Audacious, Epicure and Powder Bowl. The Five Trees chairlift, serving the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club headquarters, will also open for the season.

At Snowmass, the Two Creeks chairlift will open for the season Saturday, as will the Campground chairlift. The trails that will open at Two Creeks are East Branch, Creekside, Cascade, West Fork and Eddy Out. “Additionally Long Shot on Burnt Mountain adds its mileage to the mix,” said a statement by Rich Burkley, Skico vice president, mountain operations.

The Slot, Campground, Wildcat and Bearclaw trails will open at Campground. “Powderhorn is a storm away (as is the Cirque up top) from dropping the ropes,” Burkley wrote.

At Aspen Mountain, Brigitte Birrfelder will open Bonnie’s restaurant for the season starting Saturday. And at Buttermilk, the Cliffhouse is expanding its menu.


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