The winter storm warning for most of our region remains in effect now through tomorrow…  most areas expected to get more than a foot of snow, much needed at the ski resorts.  Forecasters say 8 to 16 inches are likely, along with the usual blowing & drifting, bad driving on I-70, and other hassles.  Stick with us for the complete, extended forecast, coming up in just a few

Senator Cory Gardner is expected to meet today with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  The Republican from Yuma says he plans to confront the AG about his efforts to interfere in what people in states like Colorado have decided, about how they want their laws to deal with marijuana.  Gardner has threatened to block all Justice Department nominees, in light of Sessions’ effort to crack down on pot policy.  Colorado’s US Attorney didn’t take the bait, though, refusing to change how Colorado deals with cannabis.

Also, the Aspen Daily News reports that Congressman Jared Polis, who’s also a Democratic candidate for Governor, says Congress can act to stop Sessions’ anti-pot efforts by refusing to vote to kept the federal government operating after the current funding bill runs out on the 19th of this month.  Polis co-founded the Cannibis Caucus on Capitol Hill.

Today in legal matters, 20-year-old Nicholas Ameral will be brought to Glenwood Springs from prison to testify against his cousin of the same age, Benjamin Weeks.  Ameral is already serving a 6-year prison term for admitting last summer that the 2 of them robbed the Valero gas station in Carbondale last February.  Ameral’s mom Alicia Jackson testified Tuesday that after the 2 had been missing for a couple days after the robbery, she drove into the hills above Basalt to find them.  The pair were caught in her car in Basalt.  The menacing and aggravated robbery counts he faces in Garfield County may be the least of Weeks’ worries–  he’ll eventually be extradited to Nevada to be tried for 1st-degree murder in Las Vegas.

And the Aspen Times reports that after careful removal of a number of big rocks that could roll down and damage houses or hurt people, work is done on Ute Trail high above Aspen, and the large Ute Rock that was split by a lightning strike last fall.  The equipment used to break up several rocks there into smaller pieces will be hauled away by helicopters, and Pitkin County engineers anticipate the trail reopening to hikers later this month.  It’s been closed since shortly after that lightning strike in September.

And yes, she’s done it again, and doesn’t appear tired of winning at all.  Eagle-Vail’s Mikaela Shiffrin won a nighttime slalom last evening in Flachau, Austria, coming from behind to do it, having trailed after the 1st run by more than 3 tenths of a second…

180110 Mikaela proved something to herself   :10 Q:…happy about it…

She not only made up the 37 hundredths of a second deficit, but blew right past first-run leader Bernadette Schild of Austria to win by 94 hundredths.  The win gives Mikaela a total of 1381 World Cup points, and a lead of more than 820 for the overall cup, over 2nd-place Wendy Holdener of Switzerland.  Besides defending the overall, Shiffrin’s leading the downhill, slalom, and giant slalom standings.

Both Basalt High basketball teams got clobbered at Roaring Fork last night–  Details coming up in the High School Sports report in just a few moments.