Word didn’t come out until Sunday, of the death of a man in Snowmass Village. Authorities there say it appears to have happened around 8 Friday night. That’s when they found 24-year-old Denver resident Angelo Mowery unresponsive just outside the parking garage at Base Village. Police say they first thought Mowery might’ve been run over by a bus, but then it became clear he’d fallen. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Aspen Valley Hospital. Police Chief Brian Olson says it appears Mowery had been impaired by some substance, climbed a fence and a wall at the top of the garage, and fallen some 30 feet to his death. Olson says while the investigation continues, it doesn’t seem there was any foul play involved.
We mentioned to you last week the first skiing or riding death in the Aspen area this season, that happened on Friday the 23rd of last month. That victim, whom authorities say rode his snowboard into a tree at Buttermilk on the 19th, has now been identified as 20-year-old Army Private Andrew Garcia from Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The Pitkin County Coroner says Garcia hadn’t been wearing a helmet.
Glenwood Springs’ Valley View Hospital is the latest to not go along with the overhwhelmingly voter-approved right of Coloradoans to end their own lives safely, in facilities like a hospital. That means for now, those with terminal ailments who make that choice will not be able to exercise it there. In a statement, Valley View claims in its words to “support the autonomy of patients as well as their right to make informed choices about their care.” But like other hospitals, VVH doesn’t think there’s enough information available to make sure that it, its doctors, and staff wouldn’t get sued by surviving family members if it allowed an assisted suicide on its premises. Grand River in Rifle and Aspen Valley have also opted out, at least for now.
The citizens’ group, or movement, calling itself “Indivisible” has arrived in the Roaring Fork Valley. It held an initial meeting Sunday at Carbondale’s 3rd Street Center, and while maybe a couple dozen folks had been expected to attend, some 160 showed up. Organizer Gretchen Brogden tells KSNO the group gets its initial momentum from documents that detail the success 7 years ago of the “Tea Party” movement, hoping to in her words, “really engage with our members of Congress, have some influence on issues that we care about, and it’s mostly about resisting, and influencing decision-making on policies that we don’t feel like are aligned with our community’s best interests.” Brogden adds she was very encouraged by the big turnout. Locally, Indivisible plans to address issues including the rights of the LGBT community, preventing improper deportations of locals, keeping health insurance for those who’ve benefitted from the Affordable Care Act, and more. She emphasizes that Indivisible is not affiliated with any political party. She says its main focus will be to contact, and influence the votes of, the members of Colorado’s Congresssional delegation. To get involved, she says you can check the Indivisible Roaring Fork Facebook page, or take a look at the website indivisible r f dot org.
She’s several steps closer to winning the women’s overall World Cup for the 2016 & 17 ski season, at only 21 years old. Eagle-Vail resident Mikaela Shiffrin crushed the courses in 2 disciplines at Squaw Valley, California this weekend, setting the stage for her triumph to come at this week’s World Cup Finals in Aspen, and she says taking some of the pressure off herself. Mikaela won the giant slalom at Squaw Friday, and captured her 25th win in slalom, 31st victory overall Saturday, winning the slalom World Cup for the 4th time. She’s now the only skier ever, man or woman, to win the slalom World Championship and the slalom Cup in the same year. Coming into the finals, Mikaela leads Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia for the overall title by nearly 400 points. Mikaela says the pressure’s down a little with these wins, but she still wants to have a solid performance this week in her home state. Downhill training runs are on tap today & tomorrow… the downhill race opens the competitions Wednesday morning.
And of course we told you Friday of the narrow quarterfinal loss of the Basalt Longhorn boys’ basketball team to Kent Denver in the state 3A tournament last Thursday night. But on the air today, it was your first chance to hear about the 56-54 loss, the one that got away, from Coach Danny Martinez himself. Coach says, “We were up 10 points, and turnovers in the 4th quarter just hit us. Our shots weren’t falling at this end– it’s basketball, y’know. I think we lost composure of our offense, and we just– just lost it. But, it was in our hands.”
The Longhorns finished their hoops season 21 & 4, with Michael Glen named the 3A Western Slope Player of the Year, and Martinez the Coach of the Year.
After getting past Basalt Thursday, Number 1 seed Kent Denver was beaten in Friday’s semifinals by #13 Faith Christian, and #10 Sterling, who’d knocked out 2nd seed Manitou Springs just before the Basalt-Kent game also eliminated the 3rd seed, defending state champion Colorado Springs Christian. Then Saturday night, Sterling beat Faith, 48-47 to become the new champ. Congratulations to the Tigers on their title.
There’s more news, however, from Coach Martinez. He exclusively told KSNO after the contest, he’s coached his last Longhorn game. Martinez says, “I just want to thank everybody. This is my last year coaching, just to tell you guys this. But I think you guys have a great coach coming up, Tyler, I think he can probably take this job, and, but… just to announce that out to you guys.” Martinez referred there to his hope that current assistant Coach Tyler Burr becomes the new head of the boys’ program.
Congratulations from the Home of the Longhorns to 2001 Basalt alumnus Danny Martinez, league Coach Of The Year 2016/17.