A majority of Aspen City Council, on Monday night (1/7) requested the resignation of city manager Steve Barwick.

“It’s been my pleasure to work with Steve for 12 years,” said Aspen Mayor Steven Skadron.  “I feel fortunate to have been a mayor during Steve Barwick’s tenure and his experience is something I’ve relied upon. I’ve always respected his calm, thoughtful, and insightful guidance particularly in emotionally and politically charged times.  Steve Barwick’s work in many areas including environmental stewardship, housing, transportation, and creating financial stability have made Aspen a city that others turn to for exemplary leadership.  His commitment over 25 years and the people he’s hired, the services and values they embody are a large reason why so many people are drawn to this exceptional City as a community and a resort.”

Barwick has worked for a total of 25 years with the City of Aspen, first as the finance director and assistant city manager, and then as city manager for 19 years.  His annual salary is $195,228.

In the coming weeks City Council will meet to discuss the interim and long-term plan for handling the vacancy.

Council will also meet in public session to finalize the terms of Steve Barwick’s departure and the process for recruitment of the next city manager.

the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a seventy-one year old male skier that was found unconscious on a ski run at Breckenridge Ski Resort. There was no indication that the skier had a collision with any object. The skier was transported to Peak 9 Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. The identity of the skier is being withheld until notification to the next of kin has been made by the Summit County Coroner. The Summit County Coroner has taken over the investigation into the cause of death.

The criminal issue of human trafficking on the Western Slope and what’s being done to prevent it and bring justice to victims will be the subject of a daylong summit Friday in Rifle.

Rifle City Prosecutor Angela Roff and the Rifle Police Department are hosting the 2019 Western Slope Human Trafficking Summit at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle. In appreciation of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Which is Jan 11th

The event, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free to the public, and is sponsored by the Klein Frank Foundation. It is open to anyone who would like to know more about how to identify and prevent human trafficking,

In particular, residents and professionals who have regular contact with the public are encouraged to attend.

The event will take place in the auditorium at the Rifle CMC campus, 3695 Airport Road.

Beth Klein of the Klein Frank Foundation said the public’s assistance is crucial in spotting and identifying potential cases of trafficking, whether for slave labor, child prostitution, or whatever the intent.

Due to anticipated high participation, pre-registration is encouraged to guarantee a spot and to ensure adequate amounts of food and course materials. For an itinerary and to register, visit https://init2endit.com/western-colorado-conference.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued avalanche warnings Monday morning for the Aspen area and most of the northern and central Colorado mountains.

After Sunday’s snowstorm dropped a foot of new snow in some areas, the CAIC said travel is not recommended in avalanche-prone areas, even below treeline, and added that slides could happen on their own.

“We are on the cusp of a dangerous avalanche cycle. Naturals avalanches are likely today, and where avalanches don’t release naturally, you can easily trigger one,” forecaster Brian Lazar wrote in the Monday morning update. “Avalanches in the storm snow could break one to four feet thick. The thickest, stiffest, and most dangerous slabs are on north and east-facing slopes due to loading from strong southwest winds.”

A 40 year old backcountry skier was killed in a slide Saturday on Red Mountain Pass in the San Juan Mountains.

According to the CAIC preliminary reportissued Monday morning, the group was part of an avalanche safety course and two slides occurred.