Mountain News: Aspen expects 5-15% decline 

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Shirts must meet pants

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – Summit County officials project a 5 per cent decline in sales tax collections this year, which means no pay raises for sheriff’s deputies and other county employees for at least the next six months. “The shirt has to meet the pants,” explains Bob French, a county commissioner. The Summit Daily News says library hours may be cut, and training and all overtime pay has been banned.


FBI offers reward in eco-arson

VAIL, Colo. – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now offering a $50,000 reward for four individuals accused of a string of fires in the West. Two of the individuals, who are both now believed to be in Canada, are accused of participating in the planning of the fire that caused the 1998 demolition of Two Elk, a restaurant atop Vail Mountain.

  Denver’s Rocky Mountain News says that FBI agents are calling the suspects terrorists. “Regardless of their political or social message, their actions were criminal and violated federal laws,” said Michael B. Ward, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s counterterrorism division.

The FBI says Josephine Overaker and Rebecca J. Rubin were among seven members of a group called The Family — a part of the Earth Liberation Front — that plotted the arson on Vail Mountain. They were living in Oregon at the time. The fire was to protest the expansion of lifts and ski trails into an area previously identified as important lynx habitat.

Rubin and three others built timers they planned to use as handmade explosive devices to start the fires, prosecutors contend. But most of the group — including Overaker and Rubin — decided the arson couldn’t be done.

William Rodgers committed the arson, while another member, Chelsea Gerlach, waited for him in a truck at the base of Vail Mountain. Rogers committed suicide after his arrest, while Gerlach is serving a prison sentence for her participation in that and other crimes.


Creepers & droolers abound

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. – The ratio of men to women is imbalanced in most ski towns, but some are worse than others. Mammoth claims to be the worst. It is, says The Sheet, a place where a Roseanne Barr could scoff at a Brad Pitt.

The newspaper polled a variety of the local younger folks, who offered the usual complaints about one another. Women, say the men, are haughty. The women say that given their choices, they have good reason to be haughty.

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