And are you ready for more Bode, maybe one last time? Our good friend Madeleine Osberger reported Wednesday in the Aspen Daily News that 2-time men’s World Cup overall champ Bode Miller is going to be back racing on Aspen Mountain this Saturday. He’ll be taking part in in 2017 edition of the Audi Ajax Cup, running a dual giant slalom as part of this year’s massive fundraiser for the Aspen Valley Ski Club. Last year’s event netted about half a million dollars for the club, with teams of half a dozen members each going against each other in elimination rounds, all of which lead to the Gorsuch Cup for one team. Past champs besides Bode who’ve taken part in prior years include A.J.Kitt, Daron Rahlves, and Chris Davenport, among others. The big Ajax Cup launch party happened last night, and the racers will train at Highlands today, setting up handicaps Friday on the actual course, above the Little Nell. Racing is set for 9 ‘til 2:30 Saturday. Watch the races for free, and buy a ticket for the spectator party, also benefiting the ski club, for $500 a head. Learn more about the event at teamavsc.org.
It’s not clear whether he’s still on the job, according to the Post-Independent, but what is known is that 49-year-old Silt Police Colonel Michael Taylor is now a convicted felon. Taylor has pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and theft of $20,000 to $100,000. Taylor admits to having twice reported burglaries that didn’t happen at his home in New Castle, and having reported a break-in to his wife’s car as well. His insurance company paid Taylor some $60,000 for those non-crimes over a 5-year period. The reports began in 2010… claiming items like safes, expensive watches, jewelry, and passports had been taken. According to the grand jury indictment he was hit with in August, Taylor eventually admitted the watch in question had supposedly been some kind of knockoff, not a real Rolex… and he ended up vacationing in Mexico using the passport Taylor had claimed was stolen. Silt Police Chief Mike Kite hasn’t been clear answering the Post-Independent’s question as to whether there are any convicted felons working in his department. Kite calls that a tricky question, then says in these words, “not that I’m aware of.”
There’s still time if you’re a Snowmass Village resident, to answer your town’s new online survey as to whether it should start allowing legal pot. Most communities statewide are allowing marijuana sales, and are reaping giant sales tax income for doing so. Snowmass is one of the few towns that has opted out of the statewide constitutional amendment that was approved in 2012, and sales that began in 2014. It’s looked some at how other resort communities have handled the issue. They’ve done so in different ways… Aspen allowing pot shops in prime commercial locations in public view downtown, but say, Breckenridge, changing its stance from the first days of legal sales. Breck was seen in a high-profile CNN mini-series initially capitalizing on the tax dollars generated by a marijuana business, in a prominent Main Street location, but its council voted later to zone all its pot stores into an industrial area well off the main drag, and out of sight of tourists. Snowmass issued a moratorium on marijuana in the fall of ’13, which ends next Halloween. Town Council’s said several times they are actually looking for locals’ feedback and input, along with the info from other communities. The survey has a few specific questions, along with space for your personal comments.
The Aspen public school district’s old board, in place before November’s election of new members, assured the community of having current Superintendent John Maloy around a bit longer. Maloy’s contract has been extended through the 2019 & 20 school year. The update was made only weeks before the election. But in speaking with the Aspen Times earlier this month, Board VP Sheila Wills says the panel did an extensive performance review of Maloy before extending his contract. He started out 7 years ago, making about $150,000 a year, and due to the recession didn’t take any increases until 2014. It’s not clear whether Maloy will be getting another raise this time. Last school year he was taking in more than $176,000, but the latest version of his contract the paper could find showed a current salary of over $183,000.
You’re still ahead of the game for the awards season… AspenFilm’s 26th annual set of Academy Screenings continue thru tomorrow! Today & tonight at Paepcke Auditorium, see “BPM,” “The Breadwinner,” and the much-anticipated “The Post,” starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. Get the entire schedule, and your screening tickets at aspenfilm dot org!
The first big rock show of the winter season at the Wheeler is on tap TONIGHT!! And nothing’s going to stop them from performing hits like Jane, it’s Not Over ‘Til It’s Over, Sara, We Built This City, and one you might not realize he voiced! It’s Starship, featuring Mickey Thomas, at the Wheeler!! Starship, at 7:30 this evening, 88-dollar tickets, less if you’re a Wheeler Wins member!