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First degree murder carries mandatory life in prison, or the death penalty. Prosecutors have 90 days after Moreauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arraignment to decide whether theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll seek the death penalty, Hurlbert said. The train of thought in filing first degree murder charges just followed the evidence, Hurlbert said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We felt that after reviewing all the evidence, the facts supported it,â&#x20AC;? he said.

To rise to first degree murder, a crime has to be carried out not only intentionally, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;the action was done after reflection and judgment,â&#x20AC;? according to Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s criminal code. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no specific time outlined in the statute as to how long that reflection and judgment needs to be, and it can be a very, very short time,â&#x20AC;? Hurlbert said.

The charges In court documents filed yesterday, the eight felony charges are outlined like this: â&#x20AC;˘ First Degree Murder, life in prison or death: The charges allege that Moreau used his 1911 Springfield .45 caliber handgun to kill Dr. Gary Bruce Kitching, who was reportedly shot three times [See MURDER ONE, page 18]

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The stock market ended a three-day losing streak Monday, closing broadly higher as a weaker dollar and upbeat home sales numbers encouraged investors to take on more risk. The dollar resumed its slide, sending prices for commodities including gold and oil higher and in turn, the stocks of companies that produce them. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 132.79, or 1.3 percent, to 10,450.95. The Standard & Poorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 500 index rose 14.86, or 1.4 percent, to 1,106.24. The Nasdaq composite index rose 29.97, or 1.4 percent, to 2,176.01.

By Geoff Mintz Mountaineer Staff Writer Flobots, originally based out of Denver, now a nationally recognized alternative rock/hip-hop group, are making their way through Vail tonight with a stop at Sandbar. The group gained notoriety with its originally cathartic single â&#x20AC;&#x153;Handlebarsâ&#x20AC;?, which opens with childish bragging about riding a bike with no handlebars, then spirals through a series of exponentially more violent boasts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The song was obviously not meant to trigger uncomfortable memories for victims of something horrendous,â&#x20AC;? Jonny 5, the songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writer, tells the Colorado Springs Independent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s instead meant to point out that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still capable of horrendous things, and that there are things happening right now that involve a lot of death and destruction.â&#x20AC;? When a pair of intelligent, visionary emcees [See FLOBOTS, page 19]

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Sarah Palin and Barack Obama may soon find their poll numbers meeting in the 40s, according to the Los Angeles Times. Sushi chef Raymond Wirjawan of Sushi Oka displays the Vail Cascade While the factâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political significance restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature Dragon Roll on Sunday. Jon Feldman photo. remains up for debate, it certainly wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go unnoticed that Palinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are strengthening and President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are sliding, writes the Timesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Andrew Malcolm. Depending, of course, on which recent set of numbers you peruse and how the questions are phrased, 307 days into his allotted 1,461 the 44th presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apgot the thumbs up from the International By Geoff Mintz proval rating among Americans has slid Ski Federation (FIS) snow control inMountaineer Staff Writer to 49 percent or 48 percent, showing no spectors. popularity bounce from his many happy With cold early-season temperatures, FIS sends the inspectors to all World trips, foreign and domestic. the Birds of Prey crew has been hard at Cup sites in advance of the competitions Riding the wave of immense publicity work up at the Beav. And Saturday they to ensure that racecourse conditions are [See THE UPDATE, pages 10-11]

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Keep the noise going.” McInnis said of the production noise at RK Mechanical. “Jobs are central to the issues that we’re going to discuss today.” The “Platform for Prosperity” released by Republicans yesterday focuses on keeping Colorado a low-tax state by supporting the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights; restoring a 6-percent cap on government spending; opposing the expansion of unions — including repealing an executive order by Ritter allowing state workers to unionize; — and easing restrictions on the oil and gas industry, to name a few. Other key principles include preventing the government from funding organizations that provide abortions; supporting charter and magnet schools; and cracking down on employers that hire undocumented workers, such as by requiring a workplace verification system like E-Verify. “We believe that big government breeds small ideas. But smaller government gives citizens the free-

dom to breed big ideas,” states the GOP’s “Platform for Prosperity.” In agreeing not to pursue a run for governor, Penry and Tancredo asked McInnis for assurances that he would uphold this new Republican platform. But Ritter during a conference call with reporters yesterday called the new conservative platform a “manifesto,” and said he does not believe in signing a document simply to please his party in order to get their nod for a campaign. “It seems like a decade-and-ahalf old strategy having a contract that has all of these things that are a part of it. We’re not about that. Nobody had me sit down and sign a kind of a manifesto when I ran for governor in 2006 as a Democrat, and nobody’s going to have me do that again,” said Ritter. “What I care about is how we lead this state out of the downturn — and quite frankly we’re very competitive — and being able to come out of this healthier and stronger.”

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Recovery will be slow, economist tells Symposium Henry Sobanet says job creation drives everything By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer Economist Henry Sobanet has some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Colorado is pro-cyclical; we tend to go into recessions later and come out sooner and stronger. The bad news is that the international economy is not fueled by helium and it’s not quite ready to fly. “Jobs drive everything and employment is not what it used to be, Sobanet, president of Colorado Strategies, told the Vail Symposium last week. “People are working fewer hours, or are not working in a job they want. The Norwegians have created the perfect government/business model: 4 million people sitting on a big pool of oil with a restrictive immigration policy. “We don’t have that,” Sobanet said. Financier Warren Buffet is fond of saying that “When the tide goes out, you can see who’s swimming naked.” “Colorado is swimming naked,” Sobanet said. “Still, Compared with some of the back east or Midwest states, we’re a pretty clean state, not a lot of corruption. The Illinois governor is fighting to stay out of prison.” Colorado’s government is an $18 billion annual industry when you add up everything, Sobanet said. “That’s Fortune 200 stuff. You’re going to see layoffs and other cutbacks,” Sobanet said. “Those cuts will come everywhere.” Jobs, jobs, jobs In Colorado, job numbers are stalled at 2.3 million. On the other hand, Sobanet said, jobs numbers have finally stopped falling and are stalled at 2.3 million. “Colorado has lost 110,000 jobs. Many of those jobs are going away for a very long time, and some are manufacturing jobs that have been outsourced,” he said. In March 2008, Colorado’s statewide unemployment was 4.6 percent. The state labor department reported 6.9 percent unemployment last week. Nationwide, the country’s job market is almost even with 2000’s numbers, and Colorado is headed toward that level, Sobanet said. Spending ourselves into trouble Most of this recession was apparent and predictable, Sobanet said. Housing price increases were not sustainable, from around $100,000 to $250,000 over a 17 year period.

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Consumers could not continue to spend at their previous levels, at an average of about 130 percent of their annual income, Sobanet said. Consumer debt skyrocketed from less than $1 trillion in 2000, to $2.5 trillion now. “At some point, this had to top out. We were borrowing against the future, and unfortunately the future is here,” Sobanet said. “Even with high debt levels and limited borrowing capacity, the debt payments remain.” Feeding the federal mess Which brought Sobanet around to the federal deficit. Government is growing faster than anything other sector, and government includes schools and state and local governments. “Our current economic activity is distorted by the stimulus spending,” Sobanet said. “We’ve borrowed a lot of money for projects, some more meritorious than others. But that will end and the effects of that will be felt some time next year.” The federal debt devours an unsustainable amount of the federal budget. “It is reasonable to expect inflation to rise and taxes to go up,” Sobanet said. In Colorado, 43 cents of every dollar goes to K-12 education. It’s on autopilot for increases every year because of Amendment 23. And 21 cents goes to Medicaid. That’s 64 cents of each tax dollar already earmarked. Add up those dollars and in Colorado they come to $1.6 billion in just those top two categories. Colorado’s 300,000 Medicaid enrollees in 2001 is 550,000 now. To qualify for Medicaid a family needs to have almost no income. Most of the shortfall is being funded by one-time money. But the federal stimulus runs out in 2011. “We should expect federal cuts after the 2010 elections,” Sobanet said. Natural gas, naturally In the near term, natural gas should be back soon. On the other hand, so will Jesus but most people aren’t waiting up nights. “Even the strongest proponents of renewable energy will admit that they need natural gas to power the wind turbines when wind isn’t turning them,” Sobanet said. “Colorado is building a pipeline to transport it, and that should increase demand.”

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Of lives and logging

When I heard there were allegations of environmental violation against the U.S. Forest Service for using helicopters, going outside designated boundaries and operating the Minturn portion of the Upper Eagle River Beetle Salvage Project after Oct. 15, I was reminded of some of the time I spent working in a logging camp. Following my honorable discharge from the Bundeswehr, I went to work at a logging camp near Watson Lake Hanz in the Yukon Province, where I also Gehrt learned the skills of prospecting for gold, a past-time that I now associate with Minturn. While working at the Yukon logging operation, I ended up leading a backwoods medieval medical procedure to save a young man’s life after an accident. A French-Canadian greenhorn (new hire with no skills) named Jacque had cut of the three smallest toes on his right-foot while freeing his chainsaw from the tow cable. He pulled on his saw causing a branch to snap, and as the saw gave way, Jacque juiced the throttle as the chainsaw landed on his boot and ripped through half of his extremity. This horrific scene of blood and gore, added to the screams of Jacque, was reminiscent of the stories my great-grandfather would tell from his days in Verdun. We were afraid Jacque would bleed to death if we didn’t stop the leaking fast. One of the men used his belt as a tourniquet, but the bleeding wouldn’t stop. Another foolish Canadian from Quebec starting giving Jacque some whiskey to dull the pain, but this was a bad idea because the alcohol thinned the blood and made the bleeding worse. I decided that there was no saving the mutilated fragments of his toes, and that the main concern was saving Jacque’s life by stopping the profuse bleeding; therefore, I built a fire to prepare for cauterization. Cauterization can serve to stop severe blood loss, seal off amputations, and prevent infections; however, it is extremely painful. Modern logging operations don’t use many axes, but they are around, and I decided to use an old felling axe as my medical equipment. I Mountain Man

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build a large fire as fast as I could and heated the axe head to a dull cherry color, and had to pour water on the wood shaft to keep it from burning. Jacque was in bad shape at this point and his screaming was getting weaker by the minute, but I still had four of the strongest men in our outfit hold Jacque down by his arms and legs. Without giving any notice to Jacque, I branded his bloody stump foot with the cherry-hot axe head and he brightened up like a mad bull being castrated. It took all four men holding him tight while I smothered the hot axe onto his wound; the steam smelled like fresh meat on the grill. When it was all over and the axe was pulled from the wound, the flesh had been blistered and burned, but the severed stump had been sealed and the bleeding had stopped. Jacque then drank some well-earned drinks of Canadian whiskey and swore at me about how he would get up and beat me if he had the other half of his foot to stand on. The Mountain Man is certainly not a doctor or medical practitioner of any kind, and the information in this article is for raconteur purposes only, not education. I have more training in how to take lives than I do in saving them, so always avoid my advice if you have any other options whatsoever. Editor’s note: Hanz Gehrt is a former German military soldier and survivalist, now living in the mountains of Central Colorado. E-mail your thoughts about his writing or topic ideas to editor@vailmountaineer.com and we’ll make sure he gets them.

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Thursday, DJ Lito brings a new twist to Samana Lounge â&#x20AC;&#x153;with his skillful mix of Latin flavored dance music and the best in positive hiphop and house. He hypes up the crowd consistently. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rising fast and drawing a fun dance heavy crowd,â&#x20AC;? Samana says. Friday, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be DJ Gramatik, who has gained worldwide success with his album debut, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Street Bangerz Vol. 1â&#x20AC;?. Within days the 20-track release went straight to the top of Beatportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chill Out genre chart. By no means should you label him as â&#x20AC;&#x153;chill outâ&#x20AC;?. Gramatik features raw and cutting edge hip-hop beats, inspired by the classical soulful 70s with strong and warm sounds that make it the ultimate street soul of today, his promotional material says. Saturday, Lee Mayjahs? represents a new breed of DJ, his Web site says. As possibilities continue to expand and genres multiply, the whole idea of DJing has evolved to the point no one could have pre-

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Yajko arrived in the United States with her family in 1970, a 16-year-old Polish political and religious refugee. She had few funds and only rudimentary English-language skills. She moved to Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Western Slope in 1977. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her background as a young Polish immigrant that intimately prepared Yajko to have a deep understanding of philanthropy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and of the opportunity to give back â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in a free, open society. â&#x20AC;&#x153;America is the place where opportunities abound,â&#x20AC;? said Yajko. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you work hard, you can realize your dreams, whatever they may be.â&#x20AC;?

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Gov. Mark Sanford is accused of breaking 37 ethics laws regarding campaign finances and travel, including using taxpayer money for high-priced airplane tickets that took him around the world and to Argentina for a rendezvous with the woman he once called his “soul mate.” Details of the civil charges were released Monday and carry a maximum $74,000 in fines. The civil charges include 18 instances in which Sanford is accused of improperly buying first- and business-class airline tickets, violating state law requir-

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An Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people during an attack on his Texas post will likely plead not guilty to the charges against him and may use an insanity defense at his military trial, his attorney said Monday. John Galligan, the civilian attorney for Maj. Nidal Hasan, said he is considering an insanity defense among other options, but that it’s too early to determine his defense strategy. “Based on the evidence thus far, his mental status must be raised,” Galligan told The Associated Press by phone from his office near Fort Hood, about 130 miles southwest of Dallas. “Anybody who allegedly engages in conduct that is completely contradictory to his lifestyle and military career — an insanity defense has to be considered.” Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 shooting at Fort Hood, and military officials have said they may file more charges. More than two dozen others were wounded in the shooting spree, which happened at a building where soldiers finalize their wills and are medically screened before they are deployed. Galligan said military law requires his client to plead not guilty if prosecutors seek the death penalty, but he


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Just weeks after California first lady Maria Shriver apologized for parking in a red zone, her husband appears to have violated the same law. The Web site TMZ.com on Monday posted photographs of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger getting into a silver convertible Porsche in a red zone, where no stopping, standing or parking is allowed. The celebrity site says the violation occurred Saturday in Beverly Hills. The city typically issues a $90 SCHWARZENEGGER citation to red zone violators. Schwarzeneggerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spokesman, Aaron McLear, declined to comment. The governor apparently didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t learn from his wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mistake. Last month, Shriver was caught on video parking her Cadillac Escalade in a red zone in Santa Monica. That tape surfaced after several other videos showed Shriver holding a cell phone while driving, another violation of California law.

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Police say a western Pennsylvania man told them he kicked his girlfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s puppy to death because he was upset that the pit bull wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t behave before the start of the Pittsburgh Steelers game. Twenty-two-year-old William Woodson, of Bridgeville, remained jailed Monday on a charge of animal cruelty. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazettes reports that a witness told police that Woodson was kicking the dog down the street shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday, which is when the football game began. Police say Woodson was sup-

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A 39-year-old Southern California man has been arrested for misdemeanor child annoyance after allegedly paying a teenager $31 to spit in his face. The Ventura County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department says Charles Hersel was arrested Wednesday in a sting operation at a mall in Thousand Oaks. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free from jail pending a court hearing. A sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement says Westlake High School students claimed Hersel paid them to yell profanities, spit and slap him in the face. Several also claimed he offered them cash to urinate and defecate on him. A motive wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t clear. Authorities say Hersel contacted some teens through the MySpace social networking site.

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Alledged stalker pleads not guilty in Andrews case The man accused of secretly making nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews pleaded not guilty Monday to interstate stalking. Michael Barrett, 48, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Barrett is suspected of finding three hotels where Andrews was staying last year. He rented an adjacent room, altered the peephole and shot videos of Andrews, authorities said. The videos were shot in Columbus, Ohio, in February 2008; Nashville, Tenn., seven months later; and Milwaukee, Wis., in July 2008, authorities said. Barrett is accused of uploading the videos to the Internet and trying to sell them to celebrity gossip site TMZ earlier this year. Several TV networks and newspapers have aired or published images of Andrews taken from the videos. If convicted, Barrett could face up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000. He was scheduled to return to court Jan. 12.

ESPN reporter Erin Andrews at the ESPY awards earlier this year. Andrews is an alleged stalking victim. AP photo.

Lee Westwood: ‘I almost quit golf during slump’ Given his impressive play in 2009, no one would have known what a mental mess Lee Westwood was just a short time ago. Westwood, coming off winning the European PGA Tour ‘Race to Dubai’ worth $2.75 million on Sunday, said that during his slump that started in 2001, he thought of giving up the game completely. “I certainly turned up to tournaments with low expectations,” 36-year-old said.

“I’m incredibly proud to be European number one again. The whole weekend (in Dubai) was my best ever. I stuck it out on the last two days under what was going to be the most severest of pressure,” he said after finishing with an eight-under 64. Westwood, back in the world’s top four for the first time in eight years, said maturity was responsible for his return to the top of the European money list.

LEFT: England’s Lee Westwood reacts on the 18th green after winning the Dubai World Championship European Golf tournament at the Earth course in Dubai on Sunday. AP Photo.

Boxer dies after bout Boxing promoter Dominic Pesoli said 25-year-old Francisco Rodriguez died Sunday night after losing a USBA super bantamweight bout against Teon Kennedy on Friday night. Philadelphia promoter J. Russell Peltz said Rodriguez, A former national Golden Gloves champion, began to lose consciousness as the Chicago boxer sat in his corner after the fight was stopped in

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Cyclist receives 20-year ban Cyclist Gianni Da Ros received a 20-year ban Monday because of doping, one of the stiffest sanctions imposed by the Italian Olympic Committee. Da Ros was arrested in March while training with Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national track cycling team in Padua and immediately suspended by his Liquigas team. Ten other people were arrested as part of an inquiry into a doping

trafficking ring in northern Italy. Da Ros was accused of providing performance enhancing drugs to two amateur cyclists. Also Monday, CONI banned two other cyclists for dopingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Davide Lucato received an eight-year sentence and Albino Corazzin was suspended for two years.

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Turkey lasik? A Massachusetts woman is seeking donations from fellow pet lovers to help pay for eye surgery for her turkey named Jerry. Lyndsey Medeiros and her husband adopted three-year-old Jerry and another turkey from a Rhode Island farm last week. But Jerry has cataracts, and the eye problems mean he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eat independently or join his female companion, Penelope, in flying. Medeiros has posted an ad on Craigslist seeking donations for the surgery. She says the procedure could cost up to $2,600. Her farm in Rehoboth, Mass., cares for other animals with health problems. Moving along ... Brent and Blanche Boren were kidnapped by son and daughter Brett and Brittany, and forced to mask up and go on a scavenger hunt for their 29th wedding anniversary Sunday. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure if Radio Shackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sam Desposato is smiling or laughing. Congratulations!

THE COLORADO CAPITAL BANK LOAN COODINATION TEAM, Jackie Pirog and April Johnson are taking a break from their busy day. Stop in and say hi the Best Loan Coordination Team in the Valley at the Edwards branch.

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Heidiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is known for their fresh baked bread. Stop into Heidiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Ryan and Ian will make you one of their great sandwiches. Take advantage of this weeks special a cup of soup and a 1/2sandwich for only $5.99.

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KAYLA, THE WONDER DOG is resting comfortably from her ALC surgery. We wish her well and looking forward to Kaylaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s return to the Dog Park!

Fresh from the beach, Jim and Janice still have sand between their toes and Coronas on the mind. They are back and the shop is open. Riverwalk Barbershop is located in the Riverwalk in Edwards and walk ins are more than welcome. Fast service, easy parking and televisions with sports â&#x20AC;Ś it gets no better. 926-4247

The grand opening continues at Mise-En-Scene in Edwards above the Post Office. Furniture and home accessories from some of the valleys most luxurious model homes and more. Denise and Amanda invite you the stop by when getting your mail and while you are there be sure to taste their special water â&#x20AC;Ś sooo good.

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ROB THE ORKIN GUY was spotted in Homestead working his Mid Valley route. We couldn’t talk to him because he had a busy day and needed the extra time to drive safely to his next job. Thanks, Rob, “Safe Pest Extermination is no accident!”

Need a large bag for your hockey or skiing gear? Then stop into The Baggage Cheque in Edwards and check out this large rolling Athalon duffle or any of the other great pieces Colleen has in stock. Don’t forget Colleen is offering layaway and luggage makes a great gift!

TAJ, LILA AND KATE DON’T MAKE EIGHT, they make three peas in a pod. The Twins and Mom were out and about on a snowy Monday.

“It’s hard being such a playboy” Brian says as he reflects on his life, his existence at Old Forge Pizza and the up coming winter.” We had a great summer, I lost some weight eating pizza for a month, did some radical mountain biking and took the pizza experience to another level, but I am ready for snow,” says the skinny one. Be sure and stop by 1 or both of their 2 locations either in Lionshead or Edwards and check out the specials.

Asa McKee is the Vail chapter president for the Ravinos. The crew of rebel skiers and riders recently released their first feature film. He says that, although the Ravinos have been out of the limelight for sometime, they have always been in Vail.

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Lenny Ammaturo, owner of Riches Auto Body, announces that they have snow tires. They shop all the biggest tire distributors in the Denver area and get the deals, then they pass them on to you directly. Be sure and tell them that Brody sent you.

Looking for a fun gift for a friend? Stop into the Uptown Store in Minturn and check out the great gifts (like this cougar soap) and antiques with Audrey.

These guys were excited to be giving away free coffee last week at the Mountaineer’s most recent free coffee giveaway. There’s more on the way so stay tuned ...

Kita snuck in to a unidentified restaurant in the Vail Valley last week. (We can’t say which restaurant because we don’t want the health inspector to come after Kita) The nibble canine made a big leap up onto the barstool. It was impressive.

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MURDER ONE FOR MOREAU and died in the Sandbar in West Vail, where the shootings took place. Kitching, a USC grad, had stopped there with his wife Lani Kitching, to watch the USC-Oregon State game, on their way through to Carbondale. â&#x20AC;˘ Attempted First Degree Murder, 8-24 years in prison, and First Degree Assault, 5-16 years in prison: Moreau allegedly tried to kill long-time Vail local Jim Lindley, who was flown to a Denver hospital where he is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds. â&#x20AC;˘ Attempted First Degree Murder, 8-24 years in prison, and First Degree Assault 5-16 years: Moreau allegedly tried to kill Vail local Jason Barber, who has been released from the hospital. â&#x20AC;˘ Second Degree Assault: Outside the Sandbar, Moreau reportedly pulled his .45 from his belt and opened fire on Justin Center of Silverthorne, who had stepped outside for a smoke after quarreling with Moreau. Center was wounded in the thigh. â&#x20AC;˘ Felony Menacing, 1-3 years, two counts: Both Steve Core and Anton Robert Eisel feared for their lives because Moreau allegedly threatened them with his .45 caliber handgun.

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Moreauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s military record Moreau has said he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, brought on by his service in Vietnam. But veterans organizations, including the POW Network, have called some of Moreauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s military claims into question, including his claim that he was in the Special Forces, the Army Rangers, and the 1st Cavalry. Several organizations have filed Freedom of Information Act requests for Moreauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complete military record. So far, Moreauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s military record indicates he was a radio teletype operator in Vietnam. Moreauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney, public defender Reed Owen, requested that Moreauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s court files be sealed, saying adverse publicity could make it difficult for his client to get a fair trial. Eagle Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last murder trial was four years ago when Charles Gross was convicted of killing a woman after he opened fire on a pickup truck in which a woman, her husband and son were riding. They were backing quickly away from a campsite in western Eagle County, following an altercation. Gross was sentenced life plus 100 years.

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join forces with a battle-hardened, groove-fusing rhythm section and a classically trained violist the result is a sound that explores and expands the frontiers of live hip-hop, the group’s promotional material says. “Progressive in both style and message, the band’s ability to drop from symphonic rock-infused crescendos into stripped-down stringladen breakbeats has earned Flobots a reputation for both originality and authenticity.” After selling over 3000 copies of their first recording “Platypus” in 2005, Flobots released its first fulllength record “Fight With Tools” in 2007. Representing a year’s worth of writing and recording, the record debuted at #1 on Twist and Shout’s best seller list and is “a fire-breathing rallying cry for all freethinking individuals fed-up with the violence and apathy that have thus far defined the new millennium,” the group says. Flobots connected with audiences, quickly becoming one of Denver’s most popular bands. They regularly sell out Colorado venues and are developing followings across the country. The band says the strength of their records and a relentless performing schedule has enabled them to open for acts like Rage Against the Machine, Matisyahu, Public Enemy,

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The Coup, Lyrics Born and Immortal Technique. Multi-platinum recording artist and fellow Denver-based group The Fray took notice and invited Flobots to open the last night of their North American Tour at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. With backgrounds in activism, education and work with the devel-

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opmentally disabled, community involvement remains an integral part of Flobots’ character. “Armed with musicianship, intelligence, and an ingrained sense of rebellion, Flobots are looking to engage a new musical culture, one mind at a time,” the band says. The show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $18.

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dards for declaring the course ready to race. Sometimes, they also have to rely on a little bit of faith that the weather and temperature forecasts are going to be conducive to make the necessary snow ten days out from the event,” Michael Imhof, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Vail Valley Foundation explained. “This year, ensuring good top to bottom snow on Birds of Prey was not an issue, but there have been some years when faith has come into play, and we have delivered.” Heading into the Saturday inspection, longtime Chief of Course Greg Johnson estimated that snowmaking was approximately 85 percent complete, marking perhaps the best year-to-date effort ever. The Vail Valley Foundation reports that dozing on the course should be complete to the Pumphouse by the end of the weekend, with similar work slated to be underway from the Pumphouse to the Golden Eagle jump. BOP race prep With an insane pitch, high speeds and big air, the Birds of Prey downhill is billed as one of the most intense race hills on the World Cup circuit. But few people are aware of the vast infrastructure and equipment that is unmatched by any other World Cup venue, which makes the early-season race possible every year. With a start elevation of 11, 427 feet and a vertical drop of 2,484 feet, the course is lined with top-tobottom snowmaking. Course officials also utilize six winch cats and twelve free-groomers to get the Birds “race ready”. “Along with these resources, we also average around 25,000 hours of course construction and maintenance work, put in by both a professional staff and volunteers,” Imhof said.

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A tremendous amount of machine and man-hours go into bringing Birds of Prey to life every year. This includes everything from hanging 1.5 miles of A-Net with slipskirt, to making snow and prepping the hill. “Our partners at Vail Resorts have certainly made the most of the temperatures Mother Nature has provided. We were starting to get concerned when we had the warm spell several weeks ago, but everything is on track for a great weekend of racing,” Imhof said. Spectator access to the Birds of Prey varies from year to year depending on the snow conditions. In a bad year, fans have to ride a bus up to the race venue and are limited to the finish area. In a good year – a really good year – you can actually ski across Peregrine and check out the racers as they fly down the Golden Eagle steeps. As far as this year goes, “It’s really up to Mother Nature. I’m sure Beaver Creek will open up as much terrain as they possibly can during the races, but there are certainly no guarantees,” Imhof said. U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Sasha Rearick says The Birds of Prey is the full package. He said the guys are stoked to race in front of their fans, and nobody puts together a World Cup event better than Beaver Creek. “The race hill is just awesome and includes every single aspect of modern downhill. From speed to turns to big air, it’s all there and is such a fun track for our guys to perform on.” The 2009 Audi Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week gets underway Wednesday, December 2, with Downhill Training. Competition kicks off Friday, December 4, with the Super Combined, followed by the traditional Birds of Prey Downhill on Saturday, December 5. The racing concludes with the Giant Slalom on Sunday, December 6.

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It wasn’t celebrated back then, but something tells us Jesus would have liked Thanksgiving

Please join us for our interfaith Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, November 24 at 7 pm at the Vail Chapel

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Vail’s Only Authentic French Restaurant Serving Vail Since 1970

THANKSGIVING DINNER Thursday, November 26th serving from 4:30 pm Roasted Pumpkin, Butternut & Acorn Squash Soup Bibb Lettuce Salad with House Vinaigrette Roasted, Organic, Free-Range Colorado Tom Turkey with a Chestnut & Bacon Stuffing, Homemade Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread, Homemade Cranberry Sauce Traditional Pumpkin Pie with Homemade Lightly Sweetened Whipped Cream Adults $39, Children $18 Regular á la Carte Menu Available

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