n unidentified man died Monday morning in an avalanche in the Express Creek area of the Castle Creek Valley outside of Aspen, officials said.

Emergency dispatchers received a call at 10:19 a.m. from a Mountain Rescue Aspen member reporting that one man in the area of the Markley Hut was caught in the avalanche, which occurred shortly before the call, said Alex Burchetta, director of operations at the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the preliminary report from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, the man was with a “group of backcountry tourers staying at the Markley Hut.”

It appeared people in the group were able to dig the man out of the snow and start CPR, though that was not successful, Burchetta and the CAIC report said.

“We have one confirmed fatality,” Burchetta said.

According to a Pitkin County SHerff Tweeter feed Our office has been notified of an avalanche outside Aspen, in the area of the Markley Hut. The slide caught one individual & has claimed the life of that individual. Deputies & @MtnRescueAspen are making a plan now. Updates will be available as we learn more information.

A skier died Saturday night at Ski Granby Ranch after reportedly hitting a tree, according to Granby police.

Ski patrol attended to an unresponsive skier at about 7:10 p.m. at the Granby ski resort, according to a statement released Sunday morning from the Granby Police Department.

The Markley Hut is located outside Ashcroft in the Express Creek area and is part of the Alfred A. Braun hut system. Ashcroft is about 12 miles from Aspen.

The skier, Abdul Jahangir, 46, from Tennessee was transported to the emergency department at Middle Park Health – Granby where medical staff pronounced him deceased, according to police.

The Grand County Coroner’s Office confirmed his identification on Sunday and released his name.

First responders from Grand County EMS, the Granby Police Department and the Grand County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and assisted with the incident.

This marks the first skier death in Grand County for the 2018-19 ski season.

Employers in Colorado added 9,800 nonfarm payroll jobs from November to December however due to more coloradans entering the work force the unemployment rate actually went up to 3.5% for a total of 2,762,200 jobs,  The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 9,600 over the month to 3,118,200 and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 4,100 to 3,010,300. The larger increase in the labor force than in total employment caused the number of unemployed to increase 5,500 and the unemployment rate to increase to 3.5 percent. The national unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point in December to 3.9 percent.

Over the year, the unemployment rate is up five-tenths of a percentage point from 3.0 percent. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force increased 88,400, total employment increased 72,400 and the number of unemployed increased 16,100. The national unemployment rate declined from 4.1 percent in December 2017 to 3.9 percent in December 2018.

Due to the continuing partial federal government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State of Colorado have released February SNAP benefits early to most recipients.

The Department urges clients who received an additional SNAP payment on their EBT cards from Jan.16-20 to keep in mind that it is an advance SNAP payment for February. The additional funds are intended to help clients with their February food purchases. No additional SNAP benefits will be allotted in February.

All SNAP participants will be able to use their EBT cards to purchase food as long as there are benefits on their card. Participants should plan food purchases carefully throughout January and February so their food needs are met through the partial government shutdown.

If more food resources are needed during the partial government shutdown, clients are encouraged to reach out to a local food bank or community agency in their area. To find those resources, contact: