Some demonstrated loudly, some quietly…  but they all had their own future safety and that of their communities in mind…

As expected, demonstrations by students up and down the valley did indeed occur at 10 Wednesday morning.  Most of the young locals exited classes for 17 minutes, to honor the memory of their peers and teachers who were gunned down at school in Parkland, Florida exactly a month before, and make a statement, some with cheers, some with silence, against the huge number of school shootings in America.  Each of the high schools in Garfield County including Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs, Yampah Mountain, and Coal Ridge saw walkouts.  So did the Riverview and Ross Montessori Middle Schools in Carbondale.  Basalt High in Eagle County also had a demonstration, applauded by at least one school administrator and teacher on Facebook.  In Pitkin, Aspen did as well, its march led by middle-schoolers.  But Aspen’s walk from the campus, across Castle Creek Bridge and to Paepcke Park in the middle of town didn’t begin until after school, around 4:15.  In Glenwood Springs, both Yampah Mountain and Glenwood students walked to the Garfield County courthouse to call for change.  Many students at each protest offered the view that civilians don’t need, and probably shouldn’t have, military weapons of war.  No word yet on how many locals might attend the “March For Our Lives” in Washington, planned for the 24th, a week from Saturday.  Demonstrations are also likely next month on the 19th anniversary of Columbine, April 20th.  Many from Aspen High are planning a significant event that day.

There are a couple big things to tell you about from this year’s World Cup Finals in Are, Sweden, after the events were held on Aspen Mountain last year…  One is that Vail resident Lindsey Vonn is now only 4 wins away from Ingemar Stenmark’s all- time World Cup victories record of 86!  It was a tough battle for the final downhill of the season and for the women’s downhill Cup…  Vonn captured the race, but Italian Sofia Goggia ran just behind Lindsey for 2nd, and ended up 3 World Cup points ahead of Vonn for the championship.  Vonn’s pleased to rack up her 4th straight downhill victory  and 82nd overall Cup win, though…

180314 Lindsey 1 :19 Q:…beat ingemar’s record…

To take the downhill title, Lindsey would’ve needed someone else to finish 2nd, and put Goggia into 3rd.  That next chance Lindsey refers to is the Super-G at the finals, being run today.  Later this morning, she could have won 83 Cup races in a 17-year career!  We’ll let you know.

But more about 3rd place in the downhill–  that’s the other big thing from Wednesday…  how about Alice McKennis of New Castle?  She used to race for the Aspen Valley Ski Club, and ran 5th in the Olympic downhill in South Korea only a few weeks ago…  but this week, Alice put it all together for 3rd place behind Vonn & Goggia…

Wednesday was McKennis’ first podium since she won a Cup downhill in Austria 5 years ago.

Basalt’s now racing to find its next legal representative.  In an executive town council session that was meant to set up his and Town Manager Ryan Mahoney’s performance reviews, Town Attorney Tom Smith handed in a letter, his 2 weeks’ notice before leaving the job.

Mahoney says the search for Smith’s successor begins right away, as Tom remains in place until the 1st of April.  A request for proposals will be put out in the coming days.  Mahoney says he doesn’t expect any shortage of candidates for the position.  Smith has already said he’ll be available to ease the transition to a new Basalt town attorney.

Remember as we’ve been telling you all week, Aspen’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church is holding its 132nd annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner Saturday night, from 5 ‘til 8.  It’ll be at Bumps Restaurant at Buttermilk this year, since the church is being renovated.  Listen for a special Community Desk on the dinner, and call the church if you have questions, at 925-7339.