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Gallup police probe death of prosecutor

GALLUP, N.M. – Police in Gallup are investigating the death of a high-ranking prosecutor.

They say the body of Chief Deputy Assistant District Attorney Jim Bierly was found about 1 a.m. Thursday in his home.

Gallup Police Deputy Chief John Allen says the case is being investigated as “an apparent suicide.”

The Gallup Independent reported police were called to a neighbor’s house first to take a report from Bierly’s girlfriend. The newspaper reported she wanted to report that she and her 9-year-old son allegedly had been battered.

She also reported that as she was leaving Bierly’s house, she heard several shots.

When police entered his house, they reported finding Bierly dead of a single gunshot wound.

Hopi Tribe withdraws latest Snowbowl lawsuit

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The latest lawsuit challenging snowmaking at the Arizona Snowbowl just north of Flagstaff has been withdrawn.

The lawsuit filed by the Hopi Tribe alleged snowmaking using reclaimed wastewater might harm an endangered plant.

The tribe’s chairman said Wednesday that the tribe was meeting with the U.S. Justice Department and the National Forest Service and wanted a review of snowmaking’s effect on the plant.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported it was the last active lawsuit challenging snowmaking.

Snowbowl fought lawsuits for years from environmentalists and Native American tribes opposed to its snowmaking plans. The ski area won in every case.

It began making snow with reclaimed wastewater at the beginning of this week, and it plans to use it later this season and in future years to build a base for skiing and snowboarding.

Single-day, walk-up Vail lift ticket hits $129

VAIL – One-day lift tickets to ski at Vail or Beaver Creek now cost $129 for people who walk up to the window to buy them at the resorts.

Meanwhile, The Aspen Daily News reported, Aspen Mountain has raised its walk-up, single-day lift ticket price to $117.

People who buy in advance, online or for more than one day – or who can wait until after peak season to ski – can pay lower prices.

Vail and Aspen’s last-minute lift ticket prices crossed the $100 mark during the 2010-11 season.

Vail and Beaver Creek lift tickets also let buyers ski or ride at Arapahoe Basin plus Vail Resorts Inc.’s other Colorado resorts, which are Breckenridge and Keystone.

Associated Press

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