November 16, 2012

Lindsey Vonn.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Aspen Green-Lights World Cup Skiing

Vonn's participation uncertain

Aspen is readying for the return of World Cup skiing next week, but persistent health problems make the participation of reigning World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn uncertain. Favorable conditions allowed Aspen organizers to give the go-ahead on Thursday for the giant slalom and slalom events, now scheduled to take place November 24 and 25. “I didn't think that was going to happen a week ago. We literally got this last storm at exactly the right time,” said organizer Jim Hancock. “It's great for the team—it generates buzz in town.” Vonn was briefly hospitalized this week complaining of severe intestinal pain. She did not attend Thursday's ceremony introducing the U.S. Ski Team, and her publicist was not able to provide a timetable for her return to skiing.

Via Aspen Times


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Collared Yellowstone Wolves Killed by Hunters

Activists call for buffer zone

According to Yellowstone scientists, hunters in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming shot seven gray wolves that were collared for research purposes in recent weeks. Though there is no indication that the wolves were hunted illegally, animal activists have said the killings point to the need for a buffer zone around Yellowstone.

Dave Hallec, chief of the park’s Center for Resources, told reporters that the killings do not threaten Yellowstone’s population of 85-100 gray wolves. Park officials are now concerned with retrieving the data collars the wolves were wearing.

Though gray wolves were removed from the endangered species list last year by Congress, there are still restrictions on hunting them in certain areas. Only three wolves can be killed annually in the zone around Yellowstone, a law put in place after hunters killed nine in a span of weeks in 2009. Hunters in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming have killed 191 wolves this season, out of an estimated regional population of 1,774.

Via Associated Press


San Pedro town on Ambergris Caye.     Photo: danakosko/Flickr

John McAfee Still Hiding in Belize

Fears 'summary execution'

Software magnate John McAfee is still hiding out in a secret location following the murder of his neighbor on an island off Belize. McAfee, the 67-year-old founder of the eponymous antivirus software company, is a person of interest in the death of Gregory Viant Faull, who was shot to death on Saturday at his home on Ambergris Caye. Speaking to The Telegraph by phone, McAfee denied he had anything to do with Faull's death, and said he believed he would face "summary execution" if he surrendered to police. "I was at home. I heard nothing. I knew nothing until the following day," he said. McAfee says he managed to elude the police last weekend by burying himself in the sand with a cardboard box over his head. In April, Belize's Gang Suppression Unit raided McAfee's property, reportedly to look for illegal weapons and a meth lab.

Via The Telegraph


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Alpine Meadows Ski Instructor Dies in Accident

Struck a rock in the backcountry near Lake Tahoe

A 24-year-old Alpine Meadows ski instructor, Annalise Kjolhede, died Tuesday after succumbing to injuries sustained on Saturday while skiing in the backcountry near Lake Tahoe. Kjolhede struck a submerged rock during a run, severely damaging her head and neck despite the fact that she was wearing a helmet. She was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, where she died Tuesday night. She had been with Alpine Meadows for a year. The resort released a written statement saying, "Her outgoing personality, passion for working with kids, and friendly nature will be remembered and missed by all her friends and colleagues here at Squaw and Alpine. Her passing is a tragic loss for our team and community."

Via Sacramento Bee