Your Evening News - February 2nd, 2015

Feb 2, 2015

Phone Scam Targets Aspen Residents

Aspen’s Police Department issued scam alert today. Law enforcement has heard from residents about calls from people saying they’re with federal agencies.

People running the scam say they are with the IRS or other offices. Some leave voicemails like this one received by an Aspen resident.

“This message intended to contact you regarding an enforcement action, executed by the United States Treasury. Ignoring this will be an intentional second attempt to avoid an issue of your appearance before a magistrate judge, or a grand jury.”

The scam is similar to one making the rounds across the country over the last year.

The Aspen Police Department is warning residents to be cautious about any calls that involve money and are allegedly from a government agency.

Residents in the El Jebel area reported a scam last month where a caller pretending to be with the Eagle County Sheriff’s office demanded money and promised to get rid of a fake warrant.

Music School Sees More Applicants Than Ever

The Aspen Music Festival and School is announcing its 2015 summer season. The organization holds classical music performances for eight weeks featuring students from around the world with more students applying this season than ever before.

The Aspen Music Festival and School invites a total of 630 students to its wooded campus every summer. The students range in age from 9 to 35 years old and are taught by faculty from major schools of music, orchestras and opera companies.

So far, the organization has taken in 3,000 applications from students. That’s a new record, says CEO Alan Fletcher.

“We’ve had a very concerted effort to visit all of the major American schools in person and to be recruiting from important world conservatories. It’s suitable for our theme of travel.”

This summer’s theme is “Dreams of Travel,” which explores music informed by cultures other than the composer’s own. The Festival includes 300 events and begins July 1st.

U.S. Cross Country Team Announced

Opening ceremonies are tonight for the Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek tonight at 7pm. Glenwood Springs racer Alice McKennis was named to the world championships team last week. Meanwhile, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named its cross-country team for world championships.

The men’s team includes two Aspen athletes - Simi Hamilton and Noah Hoffman.

Hoffman crashed at a race in Finland in November and broke his fibula. He had surgery and has been recovering ever since. He got back on snow three weeks ago. He says he feels healthy, but he’s unsure how the competition will turn out.

“I’ve never gone eight weeks without serious racing and I haven’t gone this long without having to use my legs very much. So, it’s really going to be a mystery.”

Hoffman will race one World Cup race before the World Championships. They’re held in Sweden on February 18th.

Healthcare Tax Document Heading to Mailboxes

Starting this week, residents who bought health insurance through Colorado’s online health insurance marketplace will be receiving a new tax document in the mail. Connect for Health Colorado is sending a form to every customer who purchased health coverage through the website in 2014. The goal is to help those residents file their federal income taxes. The document is called the Health Insurance Marketplace Statement, and includes what customers paid for insurance as well as any tax credits received. Forms arrive in the mail this week but will also be available online.