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Skier dies at Beaver Creek SaturdayBEAVER CREEK MOUNTAIN – A 55-year-old Missouri man died Saturday after skiing into a tree.The man was skiing on the upper portion of the advanced intermediate trail, Harrier, when the accident occurred. He was not wearing a helmet, said Christina Schleicher, spokeswoman for the Beaver Creek Mountain.Beaver Creek Ski Patrol provided life support and took the man to the Vail Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Schleicher said.Saturday’s fatality was the first for Beaver Creek Mountain this ski season. There have been five deaths at Vail Mountain so far this season.The man’s name and hometown were not released.Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis did not return a call requesting comment.Landfill closed on Feb. 21 The West Garfield County Landfill will be closed Monday, Feb. 21, to observe Presidents Day. The landfill will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Thunder River Theater Company closes on landThunder River Theatre Company closed on its property in downtown Carbondale last week. The building site is located on the pedestrian walkway in the middle of new Town Center.Plans are being set for a groundbreaking ceremony at the end of February or the first week of March.TRTC’s local architect, John Baker, led a design charette including Ron Robertson and Lon Winston. “We’ve created an incredible building with the resources that we have. It is beautiful, practical, and fits the aesthetic value of our community,” said Winston. “I hope that everyone sees it the way we do.”Regular traffic stops on I-70 Monday and TuesdaySUMMIT COUNTY – Drivers headed to Denver and back on Monday and Tuesday should plan for a little extra time as Colorado Department of Transportation projects are scheduled to have traffic stopped intermittently throughout those days.CDOT workers will be conducting rock mitigation – scaling and fencing to ensure rocks don’t calve from cliff faces into traffic – along Interstate 70 at the Georgetown hill. Between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., crews will stop traffic several times throughout the two days for up to 20 minutes at a time. One to two stops per hour are expected, according to a CDOT press release.Westbound traffic will be stopped at the Georgetown exit; eastbound traffic will be stopped at the Silver Plume exit. Westbound traffic will also see the right lane closed during the same hours for the remainder of the week as work continues.Motorists will face other possible delays along the corridor. CDOT crews are also working on I-70 between Bakerville and the C-470 interchange (miles 220-261), between Empire and Downieville and at the Golden exit.For statewide construction and road information, call (303) 573-ROAD or log on to http://www.dot.state. co.us.Public comment wanted on Community Integration PlanColorado Mountain College is one of several collaborating organizations working towards a community integration plan, “Supporting Immigrant & Refugee Families Initiative,” a project funded by the Colorado Trust.An initial planning grant from the trust was awarded to develop a comprehensive action plan to help the region between Aspen and Parachute build strong, cohesive communities. Once the plan is written, the trust will give $75,000 per year for four years for activities in the region.CMC’s faculty, staff and English as a Second Language students are among the groups who are being interviewed as part of the information and discovery stage of this plan.Public forums are being arranged to gather community input. They will be conducted at the following locations: Feb. 20, at the Aspen Community Church, and Feb. 24, at the Glenwood Springs Middle School. Both meetings are from 7-9 p.m.A public forum was held in Carbondale on Feb. 9. Dates and times for Parachute, New Castle and Basalt are to be determined. For more information on upcoming public forums, please contact Sandy Swanson at the Family Visitor Programs, 945-1234.- Staff and sister paper reports


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