NEWS: Mon. Dec. 20, 2010

Dec 20th @ 4:36 pm in News by Scott Staley

Former Two Rivers Convention Center General Manager, Tim Seeberg, is recovering at a Denver hospital after a horrible ski accident left him with facial injuries and light brain trauma. NBC 11 News reports that he and another skier collided on a Loveland ski slope last week.   Seeberg had resigned from Two Rivers on Nov. 8th to help the city cope with its budgeting.  He was earning $81 thousand a year…
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:03p by Jim Kapp)

The Telluride, Ridgway and Ouray school districts are among just 14 districts across the state to be given the “Accredited With Distinction” classification under the state’s new performance standards created in 2009. According to The Watch, Superintendent Mary Rubadeau of Telluride believes one of the big reasons the district scored so well is because of the implementation of its educational improvement process.  For the Ouray school district this is the 2nd year in a row that that they have received those honors….
Source: The Watch (Posted 5:06p by Jim Kapp)

A new effort has been launched to protect America’s national forests. Groups from 10 states, including 16 based in Colorado have banded together in the interest of making sure next month’s update of the national forest management plan protects creatures big and small.  Caitlin Balch-Burnett is the Colorado outreach representative with Defenders of Wildlife and she says they have one goal and that is to ask  for a very strong national forest rule that will safeguard our wildlife, habitat, and guarantee really clean and safe drinking water for many communities. The Dept. of Agriculture estimates that national lands support nearly a quarter of a million rural jobs and contribute more than 14 billion dollars to the U.S. economy….
Source: Colorado News Connection  (Posted 5:10p by Jim Kapp)

Former Beatle Ringo Starr and his wife have put their cabin near Aspen up for sale for $4.5 million. The Daily Sentinel has learned that the three-bedroom cabin in Woody Creek is set on 16 acres with frontage on the Roaring Fork River.  Real estate agent Joshua Saslove told The Aspen Times that the Beatles drummer and wife Barbara Bach love the property but haven’t had much time to visit their  home to justify keeping it.  It will only be shown to potential buyers deemed to be qualified and won’t be listed on the normal real estate listing service.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 3:32p by Jim Kapp)

The state is in the  midst of another winter storm, this one promising to cover more of Colorado than its predecessors. This storm is bringing a great deal of rain and also wet, heavy snow and blowing winds in the high country. These kinds of conditions can translate into icy roads (particularly on ramps and bridges), avalanche hazards and even some rockfall. CDOT Maintenance crews are—in many areas—either operating on, or on standby for, winter storm patrols. This means maintenance area crews are out on 24-hour operation…
Source: Press Release  (Posted 3:35p by Jim Kapp)