You first heard it here Monday– After 4 years coaching his alma mater, Danny Martinez will no longer be leading the boys’ basketball team at Basalt High School. Martinez made his intention to step down known exclusively to KSNO after last Thursday’s 2-point loss to Kent Denver at the Great 8 round of the 3A state tournament. His final club finished with one of the school’s best records ever at 21 & 4. The 2016-17 Western Slope Coach Of The Year only cited personal reasons for his departure. He expressed the hope that his assistant Tyler Burr might step into the head job next season, but the school notes that process is just getting started. His coaching combined with a class of young men who just finished their senior season, to turn around a program that had gone completely winless as recently as 2011 & 12. Martinez’ Longhorn teams won a total of 47 games over his tenure, and lost 43, the bulk of those losses coming his first 2 years. No word from Coach Martinez on what he plans to do next.
As Aspen gets ready for its biggest ski event ever, the 2017 World Cup finals, some of the preliminaries are already underway. Training runs on the course long known as “America’s Downhill” seemed to go well Monday, with another test set for this morning before the actual races for men and women tomorrow. The first women’s training was won by German Viktoria Rebensburg, followed by overall World Cup challenger from Slovenia, Ilka Stuhec, and Austrian Nicole Schmidhofer. Vail’s Lindsey Vonn ran 6th in training Monday, with fellow Americans Laurenne Ross, Stacey Cook, and Breezy Johnson coming in 8th, 11th, & 13th. Eagle-Vail’s Mikaela Shiffrin is expected to be the star of Finals week, having locked up the slalom World Cup over the weekend at Squaw Valley, and holding a nearly 400-point lead over Stuhec going into this week. Listen for the women’s races featuring Shiffrin & Vonn, the Colorado home stars, all week here on the Mammoth.
Other news has the Grand Valley Fire Department serving the Parachute area saying that a spontaneous combustion fire on Battlement Mesa last week was burning an extremely toxic substance, that hadn’t been properly stored. A construction company in charge of that site says that report is only the fire department’s opinion. It claims to have had a pair of chemical firms closely monitoring the incident last Wednesday.​
61-year-old Jillian White of Woody Creek has now been arrested half a dozen times the last 10 years, for shoplifting multiple items from Aspen area businesses. Her latest 2 busts have come last week and in January, for allegedly stealing 2 pairs of Blizzard Black Pearl women’s skis from racks at the Highlands and on Aspen Mountain. Police say before her January arrest, White had tried to sell the stolen skis at a local shop. Police say she’s apparently away at the moment, so they’ve issued a summons for White to go to court to answer charges for this month’s theft when she gets back.
Aspen voters will decide May 2nd who the Mayor will be for the next 4 years. Monday was the deadline for candidates to declare their intentions. Local firebrand Lee Mulcahy, who’s suing Skico for firing him, and is fighting the local housing authority which wants to evict him from “employee” housing since he’s no longer employed by the company, filed to run against incumbent Mayor Steve Skadron early Monday afternoon. Moments before the 5:00 deadline, 31-year-old Cale Mitchell turned in a petition for candidacy. It isn’t clear yet if the race will only pit Skadron against Mitchell, or against both Mulcahy and Mitchell. The question arises from a notation to Mulcahy’s petition, saying he only wanted to run in a 2-candidate race.
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I’m Jim Williams, KSNO News. There’s more of the Morning Roundabout, including Meteorologist Don Day’s complete extended forecast, on the way next.