The eyes of the ski world are firmly focused on this valley the rest of the week, as the World Cup Finals get underway this morning and continue through Sunday. The men’s downhill begins at 9:30, the women’s at 11, and you’ll be able to hear the women’s race, including Coloradoan Lindsey Vonn, starting about 10:55, here on The Mammoth. Vonn’s comeback from a broken arm continues, and her Eagle County neighbor Mikaela Shiffrin is expected to win the overall women’s Cup, on the home snow. Stick with us for their races, again live from Aspen Mountain, right here.
Garfield County Republican chairwoman Carrie Couey of Rifle was the woman seen sitting at the left hand of President Trump at the White House Monday, claiming right along with him that health insurance premiums have tripled for her family the last few years, under the Affordable Care Act. Couey says she’s fully behind Mr. Trump and his administration now, despite not having been fully on board with him before the election. She says he appreciated the perspective she had on things as a rancher.
The Aspen Times reports from an interview it’s conducted, that Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson is stepping down, resigning at the end of this year. He’s the man who’s started the Aspen Ideas Festival during his tenure that’s stretched 14 years. Isaacson says there’s no particular reason for him to quit, other than the fatct he’s served that long, while most of the Institute’s Presidents have only gone 7 years. He helped CMC launch the Isaacson School for New Media 5 years ago, and during his term Isaacson also found time to write what many believe to have been the definitive biography of late Apple founder Steve Jobs. He’s been a prominent voice of political analysis, as well. Isaacson says he’ll return to his native New Orleans early next year, to become a history professor at Tulane University. Mayor Mitch Landrieu has already named him to the city planning commission. Again, Walter Isaacson steps down from the Presidency of the Aspen Institute at the end of this year.
One Beacon Insurance, representing RFTA, has paid nearly 600 thousand dollars to nine people who’d been riding one of the authority’s buses when it crashed while trying to avoid a tractor on Highway 82, 4 years ago. The claims are said to have been settled late last year. The wreck occurred in October of 2013 near El Jebel. A Glenwood Springs woman who survived but ended up pinned under the bus, has gotten the biggest individual amount, some 210 thousand dollars. A new hearing comes up this summer to determine whether RFTA’s responsible for the costs of the case incurred by the tractor driver and its owner.
And Basalt Town Council voted 6-nothing last night with Councilman Mark Kittle abstaining, in favor of a resolution declaring the town a diverse, inclusive, and just community that’s a safe harbor, providing equal protection to everyone who lives there. Mayor Jacque Whitsitt says with some locals, even those of legal immigration status, expressing fear of being deported since the start of the Trump administration, most of council thought the town should stand by its neighbors. Kittle reportedly offered no comment.