At the World Cup Ski Finals on Aspen Mountain Wednesday, each gender’s first racer down the course won the downhill. For the men, it was Italy’s Dominik Paris, leading the women, Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia. Winning the downhill Cup trophies for the season were Stuhec, and another Italian, Peter Fill. Coming up today, it’s the Super-G, and we’ll have the women’s race on the air live for you, beginning around 9:25 this morning. American Lindsey Vonn, who finished 2nd in the downhill will be starting 17th in a field of 21, and Stuhec gets to go 7th. It was thought Lindsey’s Eagle County neighbor Mikaela Shiffrin, who leads Stuhec for the overall Cup, would also be in the event, but she’s not. Join us for the only live radio broadcast of the action, this morning at 9:25, here on KSNO, The Mammoth!
Other headlines this morning include… CDOT looking at ways to improve the westbound traffic flow on I-70 from the Denver metro into the high country, an issue that’s been nagging at the agency and aggravating drivers for decades. With the documented success the new eastbound express lane has had in cutting drive times back to Denver for many on Sundays, the department hopes adding so-called “overflow lanes” to the westbound interstate can do the same thing, especially in spots that tend to jam up and bottleneck the worst. Not anytime soon, though… if it happens, that new project’s at least 3 years away from starting.
Aspen Police hope getting details out about a hit & run car can help them track down the owner and charge him or her with a crime. Officers say 45-year-old local Alicia Smith was hit by a dark colored sedan, maybe maroon or burgundy, Friday night as she crossed Main Street. It’s described as having yellow headlights, too. The incident happened about 7:45 that evening. Smith was severely injured in the hit & run, needing brain surgery in Denver, where she’s hospitalized in intensive care.  
The woman in black, seen sitting at the left hand of President Trump at the White House Monday, agreeing with him on the need to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, happens to have been Garfield County Republican chairwoman Carrie Couey of Rifle. She claimed right along with the President that health insurance premiums have tripled for her family the last few years. Couey says she’s fully behind Mr. Trump and his administration now, despite not having been completely on board with him before the election. She says he appreciates the perspective she has on things as a rancher.
And another note related to the World Cup Finals… 39-year-old Bode Miller, a past US Ski Team star, hasn’t ruled our a return to competition, but he’s busy not only with this week’s duties analyzing the competition for NBC Sports, but with his wife and 4 kids. During his career on the hill, Miller won 33 World Cup races, 6 Olympic medals, and a world championship.