The state revenue department’s latest numbers on legal pot sales show Summit County leading the mountain areas in sales, ranking 10th statewide with nearly $19,000,000 through October of last year. Garfield’s not far behind that at 11th, however, pulling in almost $18,600,000. Eagle County’s $11.3 million ranks it 14th, and Pitkin comes in 15th with a bit over $9.7 million.
Looks like the Roaring Fork Valley did get some much-needed snow over the weekend. Nearby areas like the Vail Valley didn’t get as much, but Aspen Mountain & Snowmass each had enough new coverage Sunday morning, with 8 inches fresh, they both got to hand out free pancakes to start the day extra happy for some skiers & riders. Snowmass says it now has a 38-inch base at the top of the mountain, with 13 of 20 lifts running and about a third of all its trails open. At Ajax, they now have an 18-inch base at the top, with 7 of 8 lifts operating and 49 of 76 trails open. In a few moments we’ll check what the forecast may have in store for us later this week. There’s a possibility of another nice dump the next couple days.
The year’s Golden Globe awards for some of the best in 2017 entertainment were given last night by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Key wins were scored by the film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” where Frances McDormand won best actress… Laura Dern took home best supporting actress on TV for her part in “Big Little Lies,” and Sterling K. Brown made history as the first African-American to win the Best TV Drama Actor globe, for his role in “This Is Us.” But beyond all those winners and more, the evening belonged to Oprah Winfrey, who won the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement. Oprah fired up the entire room with her speech addressing the recent increased awareness of sexual misconduct and harassment by men in the entertainment industry. Of powerful men who abuse women, Oprah declared “Their Time Is Up!” to a major ovation, and she reminded young girls that a new day is on the horizon in Hollywood. Most women wore black to show solidarity on the harassment-misconduct issue.
And the Aspen Daily News reported over the weekend that Snowmass Arts Advisory Board chair Joanne Houck has resigned that position, in a flap over the big metal sculpture in a village roundabout, that’s currently being called “Double Black Diamond.” Houck says in a letter to town council, the town breached the public trust by holding a “name our sculpture” contest where the grand prize did get awarded to someone at random, but there was no winner officially named, and the sculpture wasn’t renamed either. Houck goes on to say the support that board gets from the town is minimal, and her and other volunteers’ expertise and contributions don’t seem to get enough support from the town.
Michael Wolff’s book “Fire & Fury” swept the nation as an instant best-seller over the weekend, and made numerous headlines. The longtime author and columnist started making the rounds of talk shows, as the Trump administration continued in damage-control mode against many of the things its own staffers had said to Wolff about the President and his family, essentially questioning the chief executive’s mental fitness to do or understand his job. Some of the White House’s defenses against the book didn’t go well. Adviser Stephen Miller was cut off by CNN anchor Jake Tapper after criticizing the channel’s coverage. And after staying silent about the book for days, former advisor Steve Bannon said Sunday morning he had “regrets” about some of the things he’d told Wolff. He didn’t deny saying them, or claim they weren’t true, just said he regretted saying them.
The hot streak on the snow continues for Eagle County resident and defending women’s overall World Cup ski champion Mikaela Shiffrin! Mikaela won the 40th race of her career Sunday, 2nd in 2 days with a Saturday giant slalom, and her 4th in the past week or so… outdistancing the slalom field by more than 1.6 seconds Sunday in Kranskja Gora, Slovenia. Shiffrin’s now 2nd only to Annemarie Moser-Proell, who back in the 70’s had won 41 races before she turned 23. Mikaela’s at 40 with about 2 months to go before her 23rd birthday. For some additional perspective, look at her teammate Lindsey Vonn, the winningest women’s World Cup racer ever with 78 wins so far. When Lindsey was Shiffrin’s age, she’d won 7.
CU women’s basketball staged a nice comeback in overtime on the road in Seattle Sunday, to knock off the Washington Huskies in Pac-12 play, 66 to 61. The Buffs were led by Alexis Robinson with 22 points, and Janea Bunn scoring 17.
In the NFL playoffs Saturday, the Titans edged the Chiefs out of the post-season 22 to 21, last year’s NFC champs the Falcons eliminated the Rams 26-13, and on Sunday the Jags knocked out the Bills 10 to 3, while the Saints ended the Panthers’ season 26 to 13.