Base Village at Snowmass put into receivership; transition starts Monday
July 12, 2010
The Base Village at Snowmass project to add hotel rooms, homes and restaurants at the base of the ski area has been put into receivership. James Pavisha of Denver is the receiver. His spokesman Jim DeFrancia says the transition into Pavisha managing operations and finances for Base Village takes effect Monday. Base Village is controlled by Related WestPac of New York. Four lenders have alleged in a complaint filed in Pitkin County District Court that Base Village owes $386 million on a loan and $48.5 million in loan-related expenses.
Crews near containment of Rangely fire
Firefighters expect to fully contain a 340-acre fire near Rangely by Monday evening. No structures were immediately threatened. The fire was 70 percent contained as of midday Sunday. Fire officials say the blaze was reported by Friday and was started by lightning. It was burning in pinon and juniper, sagebrush and grass.
BP trying not to promise too much with latest effort to stop Gulf oil leak
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A new cap being placed atop the gusher is intended to provide a tight seal and might eventually allow the oil giant to capture all the crude leaking from the well for the first time since an April 20 oil rig explosion set off the environmental crisis.
White House spokesman says Democrats could lose House to the GOP
President Barack Obama’s party could lose its House majority in this fall’s elections, his spokesman said Sunday, perhaps trying to jolt Democratic voters with the specter of GOP lawmakers rolling back White House policies. Democrats now hold a 255-178 edge in the House, with two vacancies in the 435-member chamber.
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Rev. Robert Schuller retiring from California’s Crystal Cathedral
The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, founder of Southern California’s Crystal Cathedral megachurch and host of the “Hour of Power” televangelism broadcast, announced Sunday he will retire after 55 years in the pulpit and his daughter will take over.
The 83-year-old Schuller told his congregation that Sheila Schuller Coleman will become sole lead pastor, after sharing that role with her father for the past year.
Coleman previously served as principal of a private Christian school run by the cathedral and head of the Orange County church’s family ministries division.
She was ordained just a month before she was appointed to head up Crystal Cathedral Ministries.
“I’m very proud that Sheila has earned her doctorate at the University of California, Irvine, and that this university has declared her to (have earned) a distinguished alumnus award,” Schuller told his congregation during the 9:30 a.m. service. “Congratulations, I’m very proud of her.”