Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of the individual or individuals responsible for killing a bear and dumping it in Snowmass Village earlier this month.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating the case, where an adult sow was shot, likely on the night of May 5, and dumped the next day near a trash enclosure in the Two Creeks neighborhood of Snowmass Village. Wildlife officials on Friday released a photo from the incident, showing the bear wrapped in a plastic tarp that is tied up with a rope.
Foundation director Anne Gurchick said the Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter board was so shocked by the photo printed in the papers Saturday, it decided to put up the reward money.
“I can speak for board in saying we are horrified that something like this would happen anywhere, let alone in our own valley,” Gurchick said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Glenwood Springs office at 970 947-2920. To remain anonymous, call Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648. CPW officials say they are looking for any information that could help them understand what happened.
A former NCAA skiing standout who was once a member of the World FIS Junior Championship Team is joining Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club as an ability class coach
Lisa Perricone, 28, comes to AVSC from the Eldora Mountain Ski and Snowboard Club where she was named rookie coach of the year in 2011. Chief among Perricone’s accomplishments during her three-year tenure as Eldora’s head alpine-ability class coach was creating the club’s Elite Team, a post-graduate program designed for athletes racing at a high level of competition.
“Lisa brings unique racing experience to our staff because she has been where many of our athletes want to go,” AVSC Alpine Director Greg Needell said in a press release.
Perricone was a medalist at the Trofeo Topolino in Italy, considered the most competitive international children’s event. She was also a member of an NCAA Championship team at CU, a five-time All American and a captain of the CU Ski Team.
Perricone starts with the club in mid-September, joining ability coaches Torey Greenwood and Austin Nevins under head coach Kent Towlerton.
The Aspen Cycling Festival welcomes spring to the valley with two classic two-wheeled events next weekend: Ride for the Pass and the Aspen Criterium.
Ride for the Pass, on May 18, allows racers to go where no car has gone before — or at least since last fall. This charity bike race/recreational ride allows racers to experience riding the scenic route up Independence Pass before it opens to motorized vehicles on Memorial Day weekend. Benefiting the Independence Pass Foundation, the race begins at the winter gate, 4 miles east of Aspen, and goes to Independence Ghost Town, covering approximately 10 miles and gaining 2,500 feet of elevation.
The Aspen Criterium, on May 19, begins and finishes in the heart of downtown Aspen. This .9-mile loop takes riders on the closed city streets of downtown Aspen. Typical criteriums feature a four-corner race, but the Aspen Criterium boasts 10 corners, which makes it a great spectator event.
Aspen Valley Hospital has named Paula Hebbard, a 24-year veteran of the hospital, as nurse of the year.
Hebbard has worked in a variety of nursing roles but has spent most of her AVH career at bedsides in the emergency department.
“She practices nursing with a confidence and expertise that are unsurpassed,” Elaine Gerson, RN and chief clinical officer, said in a press release. “Each and every day she’s worked in health care her presence has been a blessing to her patients, coworkers, and Aspen Valley Hospital.”
Other nurses nominated were: Emily Albers, Siobhan Conway, Amanda Durham, Cheryl Heffernan, Pete Hershberger, Lisa Kantor, Jill Kennedy, Marcella Knable, Ray Knable, Cynda Larson, Terry Larson, Wendy Lyall, Maxine McCowan, Liz Mercatoris, Heather Milne, Trudi Olson, Margie Slater, Maureen Wagers, Miles Wagner, PJ Wallace, Amy Jo Westerman and Elizabeth White.
— Aspen Daily News staff